Dandelion tea benefits for weight loss: How to make and use dandelion coffee for reducing belly fat

Dandelion tea or dandelion coffee can be a healthy morning drink for weight loss diet. Here’s how drinking this delicious herbal tea can help you reduce belly fat.

Dandelion tea benefits for weight loss: How to make and use dandelion coffee for reducing belly fat

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dandelion contains many nutrients that may offer major health benefits
  • Dandelion tea may have many beneficial effects on digestive health
  • Here’s how to make and use a delicious cup of dandelion coffee to boost your weight loss

New Delhi: If you’re trying to avoid or cut back on your intake of caffeinated beverages, including coffee, adding dandelion tea to your diet may help you yield good results. In fact, drinking this herbal tea could be beneficial to those trying to get leaner, hence, it’s recommended for weight loss. Dandelion tea or dandelion coffee made of roasted dandelion roots could, perhaps, be a healthier alternative to your morning cuppa.

It is claimed that dandelion contains many nutrients, including Vitamin A, that may offer major health benefits. Research has shown that the plant contains many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Take a look at how drinking dandelion tea could help you lose weight and trim belly fat.

How dandelion tea can help you lose weight and reduce belly fat

Drinking dandelion tea may aid weight loss in many ways. For instance, the potassium in dandelion can act as a diuretic and increase daily urine output. This leads to a decrease in water weight, which may be helpful if you’re feeling bloated or retaining water for some reason. This is one of many reasons why dandelion tea is sometimes recommended when trying to lose weight.

Also, an animal study published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines suggested that dandelion supplementation can support endurance. The idea is that this might make it easier for people to indulge in physical activities for longer duration and burn calories required for fat loss. However, more work is required to find out whether dandelion tea has the same effect on humans.

Additionally, dandelion tea is low in calories just like most other herbal teas. This makes the herbal tea an excellent choice for those on a diet.

Interestingly, a Korean study found that dandelion may have similar effects on the body as weight loss drug Orlistat. Some data shows that this anti-obesity drug can help reduce the amount of belly fat, the most dangerous fat linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some forms of cancer, etc.

Dandelion tea may have many beneficial effects on digestive health, it could also promote liver function.

Dosage, preparation and side effects of dandelion

Dandelion benefits

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The recommended maximum dosages of dandelion root in the UK by both the European Commission and the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia are:

  • Fresh dandelion root: 2 to 8 grams per day
  • Dandelion root powder: 3 to 4 grams steeped into 150 millilitres of warm water
  • Dried powdered extract: 0.75 to 1.0 grams daily

You can also get dandelion root supplements in drugstores along with teas, extracts, powders, etc. However, check with your health care provider before using any supplement to ensure that it’s safe for you.

While dandelion is considered safe for most people, it might trigger an allergic reaction in some people. The herb has also been found to interact with certain medications, including lithium, diuretics, antibiotics, etc. Furthermore, there is not enough evidence to show whether dandelion tea is safe for pregnant or lactating women. Hence, it’s better to avoid the use and stay on the safe side.

Here’s how to make a delicious cup of dandelion coffee

To make a tasty and nutritious dandelion coffee, follow the instructions given below:

  • Wash thoroughly your dandelion roots
  • Chop them into small pieces
  • Arrange the finely chopped dandelion root pieces onto an oven tray and roast them on high temperature for about 2 hours, ensuring that the roots are brown and dried right through
  • Keep 1-2 teaspoons of roasted dandelion roots in hot water for 10-15 minutes
  • Strain the dandelion coffee into a saucepan – you may serve it with milk and honey (optional)

So, adding dandelion tea to your diet may help with weight loss. For optimal results, eat well and increase your physical activity throughout the day.

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