Prior to cutting my lawn today, I harvested a bowl full of dandelion flowers Dandelions are a source of many nutrients but the bright, sunny yellow flowers in particular are rich in lecithin
Choline the main component of lecithin. has many functions in the body:
- Aids the digestion of fats,
- Helps keep cell membranes semi-permeable,
- Facilitates cell communication
- Regulates the movement of fats, ions, wastes and nutrients in cells,
Lecithin also helps the nervous system with the production of neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This helps maintain brain functions like memory, learning and sleep. Lecithin as part of the diet may help to stop the progression of degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
A good way to incorporate dandelion flowers into the diet is to have them raw by making a quick smoothie.
For my smoothie, I decided to team my dandelion flower heads with other liver supporting foods like ginger and lemon. Banana balances some of the bitterness and pungency, adds soluble fibre pectin and pre-biotic fibre, which supports digestion and the gut flora.
1/2 cup of dandelion flower heads
1 inch piece of ginger
1 cup of water (you could even use cold dandelion tea)
- I soaked the dandelion heads in a bowl of water for a few minutes before rinsing off. This helps any insects come out from the petals.
- I chopped everything and processed in my blender until smooth.
While it's dandelion season, boost your lecithin intake and support your brain by adding a few fresh dandelion flower heads to your daily smoothie.