Natural wonders – Parsley

Making its way to your dish as a garnish, parsley is a power packed herb, to put it lightly. Discover the health benefits of this wonderful herb and how its amazing healing properties are sure to make you go wow. Read on

Natural wonders - ParsleyAnti-cancer properties

Yes! Parsley does have excellent anti-cancer properties. Active volatile oils in parsley, particularly myristicin inhibits tumor formation in the lungs. This active ingredient also activates the pathway that destroys oxidized molecules.

What’s more, parsley gives cigarette smokers a reason to rejoice. Myristicin is now known to neutralize benzopyrene found in cigarette smoke, significantly lowering the risk of cancer of the prostrate and colon.

Anti-inflammatory action

Highly efficient in its anti-inflammatory action, parsley works wonders for patients suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing the inflammation of the joints and possibly combating the onset of these joint disorders.

Source of antioxidants

Enriched with antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamin C and flavonoids, parsley is definitely an all-rounder. While the vitamin C in parsley helps boost the immune system and promote anti-inflammatory pathways, the beta carotene works by lowering the risk of arthrosclerosis and other heart ailments.

Heart healthy herb

Being a rich source of folic acid, parsley is among the topmost recommended herbs for healthy cardiovascular functioning. Patients suffering from heart attacks and diabetic heart diseases should include more of parsley in their foods. Also, folic acid in the parsley is efficient in warding off cancer of the colon and the cervix by promoting proper cell division in these two areas where cell division takes place rapidly.

Infection fighting action

Parsley is also a good source of vitamin A, thus fighting many nutritional deficiency diseases and ensuring healthy functioning of the inner linings of the respiratory, urinary, and gastrointestinal tracts. The white blood cells, responsible for maintaining the immunity and fighting foreign bodies are highly dependent on vitamin A to fight against infections.

Bone strength

Just a bunch of parsley is literally loaded with vitamin K, the component required for the synthesis of osteocalcin, which is essential for strengthening the bones. Also, it prevents the deposition of calcium in the tissue thus combating arthrosclerosis, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Finally, vitamin K in the parsley helps the nervous system function efficiently by synthesizing the fats required to keep the nerve membranes alive and healthy.

So the next time you pass the herbs section in your supermarket, be sure to load up on this wonderful herb.

 

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