A sure sign of spring is those "beautiful" yellow dandelions in full bloom. Actually, dandelions are not native to Minnesota or the United States! Settlers brought dandelion seeds from Europe or Asia because of their healthful medicinal benefits. Here are nine reasons you should harvest dandelions from your lawn rather than spraying them with 2, 4-D.

 

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    Dandelions are high in antioxidants that help prevent free radical damage to cells

    That is a condition often associated with cancer, heart disease and a variety of other health problems.

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    Dandelions are source of a powerful natural diuretic.

    Increased urination helps remove toxins from the liver.

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    Dandelions are thought to help stimulate the production of insulin.

    Insulin, which is produced in the pancreas, helps prevent diabetes.

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    Dandelions assist in the production of bile and stimulate the liver and digestion

    No one wants indigestion.

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    Dandelions stimulate your appetite and act as a natural laxative.

    They make a great before-dinner salad!

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    Dandelions are rich in calcium and vitamin C.

    Those two nutrients are essential for bone density and growth.

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    Dandelion sap is thought to be a treatment for acne, itchy skin and ringworm.

    We'd all like clearer skin.

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    Dandelions have large amounts of fiber.

    Fiber helps balance metabolism and stabilize body weight.

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    Dandelions have large amounts of potassium.

    Potassium, also found in bananas, helps reduce blood pressure.

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