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NOTE: Alternatively, the eggs can be cooked in the oven. If you choose to use this cooking method, preheat the oven to 375 ℉, place pan in the middle rack after cracking the eggs and cook for 5 min. Take the pan out of the oven, add the cheese, if using, and place back inside the oven for another 5 min or until the eggs are set.
Dandelion has been used for centuries for its medicicinal properties. Evidence of it use and properties is reflected in its name, Taraxacum officinale, which is derived from the Greek words “taraxis” which means inflammation, and “akeomai” for curative. (1)
Since the 10th century it has been used to treat liver-related ailments — it’s very distinctive bitter taste is indicative of its choleretic and cholagogic properties, which means that dandelion can activate production and facilitate release of bile. (1, 2)
Bile is made and released by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. It is very important for digestion as it can break down fats for better absorption and assimilation. Bile also optimizes digestive enzyme function, helps with the elimination of toxins and other waste material, and prevents colonization of pathogenic bacteria in the colon.
Dandelion also has diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, works as a laxative and is helpful for blood glucose control. (3, 4)
Dandelion leaves can be eaten raw or cooked; it is an excellent source of vitamins C and K1, as well as of important minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. (5)
It is rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene which protects us from damage by the highly reactive free radicals, which have been linked to aging, cancer, atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. (4, 5)