Parsley ~ Not Just A Garnish
Most commonly used as a garnish, this little green Mediterranean plant has so many health benefits; you won’t be sliding it to the side of your plate any longer. Flat or curly, Parsley is a tasty herb that has been used for centuries. It can add a whole lot of flavor to a dish, and also add a whole lot of benefits to your health.
High in multiple kinds of antioxidants, eating parsley can help protects your body from harmful molecules called free radicals. Two of the most powerful antioxidants for the body are beta carotene and vitamin C, and parsley has high levels of both! This along with others such as luteolin and zeaxanthin means your elimination of free radicals and the prevention of things like eye disease from aging, macular degeneration, diabetes and some cancers, but also lessening serious implications for diseases such as asthma, and both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Parsley contains an oil called eugenol. This volatile oil has been proven to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and anti-arthritic benefits. This all helps with the swelling of the joints and pain related to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, along with some other inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, asthma, and atherosclerosis. Parsley’s high vitamin C levels also help fight inflammatory conditions and even some cancers. It can even go as far as reducing inflammation on the skin. If you avian insect bite rubbing parsley directing on to the affected skin can reduce the inflammation the bite caused.
Vitamin C, B12, and beta carotene boost an immune system and acts as a protector against infections and colds. Parsley has mountains of these good things to increase the strength of your immune system and having a healthy immune system can also lend itself to your body healings itself quicker. Parsley also contains beta carotene and the human body, because it’s so amazing, converts this into vitamin A, and vitamin A does a whole range of great things. It produces white blood cells to destroy bacteria, strengthens respiratory and intestinal and urinary tracts and even ensures better vision by enhancing the lining of the eyes.
Your body’s bone strength is determined by the material and structural properties of the bones themselves. We need strong bones to help carry the weight of our bodies, to stay active, avoid bone breaks and stay resilient. Parsley has a lot of vitamin K. It’s this vitamin that makes our bones strong and helps to prevent a build up of calcium in tissues which can lead to many conditions and diseases such as atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Two tablespoons of parsley contain 153% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin K, and it’s natural and organic, which is the best way to ingest vitamins.
Vitamin B5 is also known as folate, and folate protects the body from cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis, which is a hardening and narrowing of the arteries. It also keeps the heart healthy by removing homocysteine in the body. Of course, cooked parsley is also beneficial to the various systems in the body, but there have been studies that show that eating raw parsley can help purify the blood, maintain elasticity in the blood vessels and can dissolve deposits as the residue that sticks to veins.