Raw Earth Medicine: Benefits of Parsley
1. Bone Health
Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C, B 12, K and A. This means parsley keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system, too.
Parsley helps flush out excess fluid from the body, thus supporting kidney function.
3. Essential Oil
Parsley essential oil, when massaged into the scalp, may reduce hair loss. Use parsley essential oil daily, and you’ll feel relief from joint pain. That’s because the herb has anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Parsley Tea
Parsley tea relaxes stiff muscles and encourages digestion.
Studies indicate that parsley, especially its essential oil, may have a role in inhibiting cancerous tumors. In fact, scientists have billed it a ‘chemoprotective’ food. Studies show that myristicin, an organic compound found in the essential oil of parsley, not only inhibits tumor formation (especially in the lungs), but also activates the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which helps the molecule glutathione attach to, and fight against, oxidized molecules. Myristicin can also neutralize carcinogens like benzopyrene in cigarette smoke that can pass through the body, consequently fighting against colon and prostate cancer.
Parsley is rich in antioxidant including luteolin, a flavanoid that searches out and eradicates free radicals in the body that cause oxidative stress in cells. Luteolin also promotes carbohydrate metabolism and serves the body as an anti-inflammatory agent. Furthermore, two tablespoons of parsley contain 16% of the RDA of vitamin C and over 12% of the RDA of vitamin A – two powerful antioxidants.
Along with Luteolin, the vitamin C found in parsley serves as an effective anti-inflammatory agent within the body. When consumed regularly, they combat the onset of inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis (the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone) and rheumatoid arthritis (a disease causing inﬂammation in the joints).
8. Healthy Immune System
The vitamins C and A found in parsley serve to strengthen the body’s immune system. Vitamin C is support the production of collagen, the main structural protein found in connective tissue. This essential nutrient AIDS the body’s ability to repair wounds, as well as maintain healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin A, strengthens and helps to defend the entry points into the human body, like the mucous membranes, the lining of the eyes, the respiratory system, urinary and intestinal tracts. Our immune system depends on lymphocytes, or white blood cells, which rely on vitamin A to fight infection in the body.
9. Healthy Heart
Regular use of parsley can help control your blood pressure. The folic acid in this herb is like a tonic for your heart. Homocysteine, an amino acid that occurs in the body, threatens the body’s blood vessels when its levels become too high. Folate (or vitamin B9) found in parsley helps convert homocysteine into harmless molecules. A regular garnish of parsley can help ward off cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
10. Vitamin K
Parsley is rich in vitamin K, which is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a protein that strengthens the composition of our bones. Vitamin K prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke. The vitamin K in parsley is essential for synthesizing the fat needed to maintain the myelin sheath around our nerves. Parsley helps support our nervous system as a whole.
Parsley not only makes a plate look beautiful as a garnish but it's also a wonderful herb that supports your entire bodies functions and systems. We recommend you start incorporating Parley into your nutrition to achieve optimum health. By eating parsley you're preventing disease and strengthening your body! It's also delicious! Give it a try and remember to add parsley to your next meal!
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