In the March issue of Insiders’ Cures, I presented important new research about how a combination of dandelion extract and red bush (rooibos) can boost testosterone, improve physical performance, and even increase longevity in men.
Not long after that issue went out, I received several questions from women about why I only focused on how dandelion-red bush improves men’s health.
The simple reason is that the study I wrote about was done only on men. But there is plenty of research that applies to women as well. And the benefits are just as impressive.
Weeding out the science on dandelion’s health benefits
There has been a great deal of research over the years on both dandelion and red bush, otherwise I would not recommend them.
Modern science shows that the simple dandelion has many health benefits for men and women. It has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which reduce the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease.i
And as you know, heart disease isn’t just a problem for men. In fact, it’s the leading cause of death for postmenopausal women. Dandelion also reduces several other risk factors for heart disease, including obesity and excess fat in the blood.ii
In addition, dandelion helps with blood sugar control—an issue not only in heart disease but type 2 diabetes as well.iii, iv This is particularly important for women, because researchers have found that females with type 2 diabetes tend to die sooner than males.v
Some research shows that dandelion may also be able to prevent breast cancer.
It does this by potentially interfering with angiogenesis, the process by which cancer cells rob the body of its normal blood supply and feed tumors.vi
And, of course, dandelion’s ability to detoxify blood, support liver health, help with dermatologic disorders, and improve general health applies to both women and men.
An equal-opportunity red bush breakthrough
Like dandelion, red bush is an antioxidant. In fact, it contains a rich mixture of polyphenols and other antioxidants similar to those in green tea. But it doesn’t have the downsides associated with green tea (see “The sinister secrets swirling inside your teapot” in last month’s issue of Insiders’ Cures).
I’ve written many times about red bush’s health properties, and now there’s even more good news. A brand new study has found that red bush can promote healthy weight loss.
This study shows that just a cup of red bush tea can prevent the accumulation of fat in the body’s fat cells by a substantial 22 percent.vii
So, as you can see, the benefits of these two powerful natural remedies aren’t limited to one gender. They help promote a long, healthy life in everyone. Just as nature intended.
New study proves red bush works at the cellular level
I have been convinced after 12 years of observation that red bush actually works at a cellular level. Now there is laboratory evidence that proves my point. A new study shows that red bush helps cells increase their sugar-burning capabilities, which generates more energy and water for the cells.viii
So how does this affect your health? Because red bush encourages cells to use more sugar, they suck it out of your blood. This reduces your risk of diseases associated with high blood sugar, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. And these “super-energized” cells don’t need extra fat to provide energy, so they release it. Meaning your body is literally shedding fat. The result: more energy, improved muscle performance, and weight loss.
i Alternation of hepatic antioxidant enzyme activities and lipid profile in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats by supplementation of dandelion water extract. Clin Chim Acta. 2002;317(1-2):109-117.
ii “Hypolipidemic and antioxidant effects of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root and leaf on cholesterol-fed rabbits.” Int J Mol Sci. 2010;11(1):67-78.
iii “Taraxacum official (dandelion) leaf extract alleviates high-fat diet-induced nonalcoholic fatty liver.” Food Chem Toxicol. 2013;58:30-36.
iv “The effect of medicinal plants of Islamabad and Murree region of Pakistan on insulin secretion from INS-1 cells.” Phytother Res. 2004;18(1):73-77.
v “Sex differences in all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, hospitalization for individuals with and without diabetes, and patients with diabetes diagnosed early and late.” Diabetes Care. 2013 Sep;36(9):2582-90. doi: 10.2337/dc12-1272. Epub 2013 Apr 5.
vi “Anti-inflammatory activity of Taraxacum officinale.” J Ethnopharmacol. 2008;115(1):82-88.
vii “Effects of fermented rooibos on adipocyte differentiation.” Phytomedicine, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 109-117, January 15, 2014.