Parsley’s been here for a while… Pretty much everyone knows what it is, most have eaten, and for the chefs out there, you’ve probably used it a few times…
Nowadays it would seem that it’s only used for garnish… Just to be thrown on to a dish, and then the rest of the parsley tossed aside for later…
It’s health benefits are FAR more extensive than most people know of, it’s time they start learning…
1. Overall Health Benefits
Parsley has lots of vitamin A, B, C, and K, all of which keep you strong and free of any illnesses. It’s large amounts of flavonoids and “volatile oils” prevent body damage and disintegrate harmful substances in the body.
2. Fights Cancer
There have been studies that imply parsley could have a major role when it comes to preventing and/or inhibiting cancerous tumor growth due to it’s high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
3. Heart Helper
Folate (a substance found in parsley) can lower the risk of heart attacks and even helps balance and control blood pressure. Parsley also dissolves sticky substances that hide within your blood vessels and improves their overall flexibility in order to prevent them from hardening.
4. Improves Vision
Parsley is high in carotenoids, which is the precursor of vitamin A. This makes it an excellent herb to promote healthy eyes and vision.
The high levels of vitamin C and eugenol protect your body against inflammation. It lessens the pain and swelling and has shown some great results to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
6. Improves Menstrual Cycle
Apiole, a volatile oil present in parsley, is a constituent of estrogen which can aid women to regulate their monthly cycle.
7. Bad Breath
Parsley is packed with chlorophyll, which has strong antibacterial properties and has been used for ages as a natural remedy to prevent a bad breath.
Chlorophyll is an excellent blood purifier and helps to build new blood cells as well. The high levels of Vitamin C improves iron absorption and brings the hemoglobin count up.
9. Cleanse Yourself
Parsley can be used as a natural diuretic. Seeing as it increases urine flow to remove infection-causing bacteria from the urinary tract. At the same time it helps your body flush out more toxins such as heavy metals and it prevents the formation of kidney stones. But be careful, the herb also contains oxalates, these can cause serious issues for those who already have kidney or gallbladder problems.
10. Immune Booster
Parsley has more vitamin C than oranges and is loaded with immune boosting phytonutrients. It calms down an overstimulated immune response which can cause allergies, auto-immune diseases, and chronic inflammation.