Parsley or garden parsley (Petroselinum crispum) does not only improve the flavor of dishes, but is also one of the vegetables with highest nutritional value, especially if eaten raw. Ever since the days of the ancient Romans, parsley has been considered as food that is good for health.
Parsley contains large amounts of minerals, especially iron, manganese, calcium, and copper. That is why the regular consumption of parsley juice extremely effectively reduces anemia. Supposedly it contains twice as much calcium as comparable quantity of cow’s milk and as a vegetable it contains an unusually high amount of vitamin C.
Parsley is an excellent body cleanser.
Without any problems parsley clears the intestines, stimulates the secretion of digestive juices and speeds up the digestion; it purifies the blood and helps with anemia; removes toxic substances from the tissues; cleans the urinary tract; Parsley also stimulates the secretion of water and uric acid, so it is recommended for the relief of rheumatism and arthritis.
Furthermore, parsley stimulates the nervous system and clears the mind, as a result of essential oils which it contains.
In addition to this, parsley is also known for its ability to relieve spasms of smooth muscles, regulation of menstrual problems and helps with coughing. It has antimicrobial activity, relieves internal inflammations, helps eliminate kidney problems and other urinary disorders, eliminates flatulence and indigestion, and if chewed, it eliminates bad breath and has positive effects on the skin.
The Power of Antioxidants
Parsley has a lot of powerful antioxidants such as flavonoids (apiin) and carotenoids. Known carotenoid antioxidants are lutein and zeaxanthin, which help to improve vision and help the body to neutralize the damage caused by ultraviolet rays.
Parsley contains a lot of vitamin C (about three times more than oranges) and vitamins A, B1, B2 and E. Vitamin C is essential for the proper functioning of the immune system, the youthful appearance of the skin and for the proper functioning of joints.
As a rich source of green leaf dye chlorophyll, which has a strong antiseptic activity, it helps to alkalize the body, purify the blood and is involved in the formation of red blood cells. Chlorophyll and flavonoids in parsley stimulate cell synthesis of glutathione which facilitates detoxification.
Parsley has also a lot of folic acid, which is important for lowering homocysteine levels. This substance is associated with cardiovascular diseases and brain degeneration. Folic acid is also important for pregnant women as it plays an important role in the proper development of the fetus. Folic acid is also supposed to prevent certain types of cancer.
Against Bad Breath and Eye Inflammation
In addition to all the above parsley is still used for other purposes:
- In folk medicine, parsley tea for example, is recommended for the reduction of fever.
- Coverings of fresh chopped leaves are supposed to help with pulled muscles and insect bites.
- Parsley tea as a compress should help in inflamed eyes.
- Chewing its fresh leaves helps eliminate bad breath in the mouth.
Wood, Rebecca. The Whole Foods Encyclopedia. New York, NY: Prentice-Hall Press; 1988.