Dandelion is rich in both vitamins and minerals. The vitamins included in its structure are: riboflavin, folic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, vitamin C (for the record, the herb provides 58% of the RDI for vitamin C), and vitamin E.
Another astonishing fact is that dandelion is one of the best vitamin K sources there is, as a 100g serving delivers around 650% of the recommended daily allowance for this vitamin.
The sweet little dandelion’s hidden vitamin power doesn’t end here, because the herb is also an excellent source of vitamin A, with 338% of the RDI for it.
On the other hand, the minerals found present in dandelion are: potassium, manganese, calcium, magnesium, and iron.
The leaves of dandelion are a good fiber source (per 100g of plant deliver 8% of the RDA).
Dandelion’s leaves are also loaded with particular anti-oxidant orientated flavonoids like crypto-xanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein, alpha carotene, and beta-carotene.
If you are a diabetic and you’re already taking blood sugar-regulating medications, please consult with your health care provider before consuming dandelion internally, as it can interact with the medications, and possibly cause another dangerous condition called hypoglycemia. Secondly, part of the fiber in dandelion is the soluble one called inulin, to which some individuals may have an allergy.