No Common Weed
In much of the world, dandelions are considered a nuisance and are eradicated with herbicides. Not in the Alaska wilderness. Here, this yellow-flowered plant grows in vast meadows free of toxic chemicals and is prized as food and medicine by Alaska Natives and locals alike.
Following their wisdom, Denali BioTechnologies Inc. has developed AuroraGreen® from wild Alaska dandelions (Taraxacum species), as a proprietary whole herb blend of hand-harvested plants in the flowering phase. The plants are gently dried by Refractance Window® drying to preserve their bioactive constituents, while naturally minimizing the microbial count so often associated with using roots in an herb product.
Which dandelion species are in AuroraGreen®?
Leaves and stems, roots, and flowers from Alaska dandelion species including:
- Taraxacum officinale F.H. Wigg and its subspecies (dandelion)
- Taraxacum carneocoloratum A. Nelson (fleshy dandelion)
- Taraxacum laevigatum (Willd.) DC. (rock dandelion)
- Taraxacum lyratum Ledeb. (harp dandelion)
- Taraxacum phymatocarpum J. Vahl (Northern dandelion)
Nutrients missing from typical green powder mixes
Due to the unforgiving growing conditions of the Alaska wilderness, AuroraGreen® is replete with bioactive compounds not found in most commercial green powder mixes.
The dandelion leaves in AuroraGreen® are a pure, natural source of:
- Vitamin A
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
Dandelion leaves also contain many flavonoids, such as flavones based on luteolin.
Yet it is not only the leaves of the dandelion that contain beneficial compounds. The flowers are rich in vitamin D, a crucial nutrient not found in many plant sources. They also contain substantial amounts of lutein, a carotenoid that gives them their bright yellow color. Finally, the root contains a variety of terpenoids.
Importantly, AuroraGreen® is a whole herb concentrate — not an extract — and retains its intact profile of bioactive compounds.
Dandelions have been used since ancient times and in many cultures to support:
- Healthy fluid elimination
- Digestion and alleviate occasional heartburn [tooltip tip=”Schütz K, Carle R, Schieber A. “Taraxacum—a review on its phytochemical and pharmacological profile.” J Ethnopharmacol 2006 Oct 11; 107(3):313-23.”]17[/tooltip]
- The function of the liver, kidneys, and spleen [tooltip tip=”Schütz 2006.”]18[/tooltip]
Modern research confirms these uses. [tooltip tip=”Clare BA, et al. “The diuretic effect in human subjects of an extract of Taraxacum officinale folium over a single day.” J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Aug;15(8):929-34.”]19[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP). Monographs of the medicinal use of plant drugs. Taraxaci folium: dandelion leaf and taraxaci radix (dandelion root). Exeter, UK, 1996, in Fugh-Berman A, The 5-Minute Herb & Dietary Supplement Consult. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.”]20[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Bradley PR, ed. “Dandelion.” British Herbal Compendium. Vol.1. Bournemouth: British Herbal Medicine Association; 1992:73-74.”]21[/tooltip]
Further, Alaska Taraxacum species have been observed to support the integrity of the skin and gastric lining.
AuroraGreen® is brownish-green and has a taste that is at once slightly bitter from the sesquiterpenes in the leaves, delicately sweet from the flower nectar, and accompanied by green tea-like overtones due to its aromatic terpenoids and flavonoids. The color and taste can be masked easily by other ingredients if need be.