Parsley herb has been around for over 2000 years. Its name is derived from a Greek word meaning “rock celery”. It is native to the region of Southern Europe, particularly the Mediterranean. In the early days, it is used more as a medicine than food. In the ancient Greece, parsley was used both in adorning champion athletes and decorating tombs. The use of this herb for garnishing can be traced to the ancient Romans.
Parsley is a biennial plant that belong to the umbelliferae plant family and there are two popular types, the curly parsley and the Italian parsley. If you need fragrance, but less bitter taste on your dish, pick the Italian parsley. Parsleys’ root, seed and leaf are all used to make medicine. There’s another type of parley that is cultivated for its root, and it is called Hamburg parsley.
Let’s take a look at just some of the reasons you should be including parsley in your diet as it offers a wide variety of health benefits. Parsley contains vitamins A, C, B12 and K to keep your immune system strong and toughen your bones.
This superfood has two surprising components that give out distinctive health benefits, the first is a volatile oil component that includes alpha-thujene, an anti-infective and anti-inflammatory agent; limonene, that can relieve heartburn; myristicin, a potential cancer chemopreventive agent; and eugenol, a compound that can kill certain colon cancer. The other one is flavonoids like luteoin, with anti-inflammatory properties; chrysoeriol, also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant; and apigenin, a component that can fight breast cancer.
In addition, parsley assists the kidney function by flushing out excess fluids from your body. With regular consumption, parsley can help control blood pressure. The folic acid in parsley is crucial in maintaining a good cardiovascular health. Its essential oil may have the ability to inhibit growth of tumors. This herb is anti-inflammatory and therefore effective in relieving joint pains. Parsley is also effective against urinary tract infection, constipation, gastrointestinal disorder, intestinal gas, indigestion. Can be used to treat cough, asthma, anemia, and prostate condition. It can be applied for minor skin problems like, cracked skin, bruises, insect bites.
Parsley is safe for adults when used as medicine for short term treatment. If you have a sensitive skin, better to avoid using it externally as it may cause allergic reaction, like skin rashes. And if you are suffering from kidney or liver problem, avoid eating too much of parsley as it contains oxalates.
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