Parsley is most commonly known for its breath-freshening ability and its use as a decorative garnish in the culinary world. Eating parsley has healing abilities as well.
Hopefully after reading this short article, you will start consuming that garnish on your dinner plate instead of just discarding it with the leftovers.
Parsley contains probably more vitamin K than any other food. It is also very high in vitamin C, iron and folate (vitamin B9), and has a moderate supply of dietary fiber, vitamin B2, calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Other ingredients include vitamins (B1, B3, B5, and B6) and phosphorus.
What Does Parsley Remedy?
Heart Problems – Parsley is full of flavonoids, essential plant chemicals found in most vegetables, which help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Parsley also wards off heart disease by keeping homocysteine levels down. Parsley is an acquired taste, so eating it alone may be hard at first.
It’s a good idea, instead, to add parsley to your salad mixes like you would chopped spinach or onions to give your salad a distinct flavor and reap its health benefits. Another idea still would be to cook parsley in your favorite soups and sauces to enhance its nutrient power.
Osteoporosis – The high vitamin K content in parsley helps to strengthen bones quite a bit and prevent bone fractures. You will get nearly four times the recommended daily amount of vitamin K in one cup of parsley. Like calcium, vitamin K is an essential nutrient for the elderly and those who suffer from osteoporosis.
Kidney Fluid Imbalances – Parsley has been known to help maintain fluid balance as it pertains to sodium and potassium levels. It works to expel sodium and increase potassium so that the kidneys function better.
Birth Defects – The high folic acid content in parsley helps to prevent birth defects in pregnancy. Folic acid is a great idea prior to getting pregnant and usually during the first few months of pregnancy to protect against neural tube defects. However, parsley is unsafe for some pregnant women. Consult your doctor to see if yours is a special case.
Cancer – Apigenin, a flavonoid in parsley, helps to counter the effects of hormones estrogen and progesterone in encouraging the growth of cancer. Apigenin is even beneficial to men, in that it lessens their risk of prostate cancer.
Fatigue – Parsley helps to fight fatigue due to iron deficiency, as it provides a fifth of the daily recommended amount in one cup.
Digestive Problems – Parsley has been known to help settle the stomach and improve the function of the digestive system.
Infections, Weak Immune Systems – The high vitamin C content in parsley also fights infections, strengthens the immune system, and since parsley is normally eaten raw, retains the full strength and power of vitamin C that is often lost in cooking.
Inflammation – Parsley has been known to reduce inflammation and itching, especially when applied topically to rashes, wounds and other skin irritations. This is also helpful in alleviating inflammatory conditions like gout and other forms of arthritis.