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Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Description

Parsley is a great herb that helps in dealing with a variety of health complications. This herb is available in three major varieties. These include the Italian parsley, curly leaf, Hamburg parsley and more. Each of these herbs has its own characteristics and properties. Initially, many people didn’t know the benefits of parsley. However, after numerous medical researches it has been discovered that parsley is one of the highly effective natural health products. With this herb, you can enjoy numerous benefits. This has seen many drug manufacturers use the herb to produce various drugs. Some countries are even cultivating this herb for commercial purposes. It is therefore important to learn a few things about this herb.   

Medicinal Uses

First of all, parsley is a perfect remedy for bad breath. It can also be applied on eggs as spice. Research has also shown that parsley can be a good remedy for a variety of serious diseases. This herb contains a lot of nutrients that are essential to the body. The fact that this herb belongs to the carrot family makes it an essential source of important vitamins including vitamin B12 and vitamin C. It is also highly concentrated with beta carotene. If you are looking for a great source of chlorophyll and calcium, then parsley is the best option.

It is also worthwhile to note that parsley is a perfect remedy for cancer. Research shows that parsley contains an essential organic compound known as myristicin. This compound is important for inhibiting tumor formation. This is especially important for treating lung cancer. The herb is also effective in activating an important enzyme known as the glutathione-S-transferase. This enzyme attaches molecule glutathione to the oxidized molecules. It also enables it to fight against the oxidized molecules more effectively.

Myristicin also neutralizes carcinogens such as benzopyrene in cigarettes that get into the body when you smoke. Therefore parsley is an effective remedy for colon as well as prostate cancer. Another notable fact about parsley is that it contains antioxidants such as luteolin and flavonoid. The flavonoid property enables the herb to identify and eradicate free radicals that cause oxidative pressure in body cells. Luteolin on the other hand promotes metabolism of carbohydrates and is also a perfect anti-inflammatory option.

Apart from luteolin, there are other anti-inflammatory properties found in this herb. For instance, its vitamin C serves as a perfect anti-inflammatory option in the body. When you consume parsley for a long time, it gives the body enough protection against inflammatory disorders like the osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. So if you experience serious inflammations in your joints, you can try out parsley.

You can also boost your immune system using parsley. The herb’s vitamin A and C give it the ability to boost your immune system. Vitamin C offers the body essential collagen, the major structural protein present in the connective tissues. This nutrient not only accelerates the body’s capacity to repair worn out tissues. It also maintains healthy bones and strengthens the teeth.  

Dosage and Administration

Experts advise you to take a daily dose of 6 grams. However, if you are comfortable with the capsule form of parsley, you can always use it in its natural form. For instance, you can sprinkle its contents on cooked eggs or add it to your food. Parsley gives your meals a nice smell and taste. If you want to use its oil, you are advised not to take large quantities because it is somewhat toxic.

Parts Used

The most important parts of parsley are its roots and leaves. In countries like Lebanon, the herb is used as an ingredient in nationwide dish tabbouleh. It is safe for an average person to have up to 50 grams of parsley in every meal.  

Benefits

There are many benefits that come with the use of parsley. For example, it will help you improve your breath, which can really enhance your confidence. What is more, it allows you to boost your immune system. Another important benefit of using parsley is that it can be used as a food spice. Also, if you have kidney ailments, you can treat them with this herb.

Side Effects

Even though there are no clear side effects of parsley, you can experience a mild headache, convulsions, renal damage, and giddiness when you consume it in large quantities. 

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