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Healing Qualities of Parsley
Parsley has taken on a role as a table garnish, and though curly parsley is quite pretty, this herb truly offers so much more. Parsley is absolutely delicious in recipes and is packed full of nutrition and powerful healing properties. Parsley contains several healing volatile oil components, flavonoids and is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate; as well a source to many more.
Myristicin, one of the volatile oils in parsley’s composition has shown to inhibit tumour formation, particularly in the lungs. The presence of this volatile oil has shown to activate an enzyme that oxidizes molecules that would otherwise cause damage to the body. This qualifies parsley as a “chemoprotective” food, neutralizing particular types of carcinogens.
Eugenol, another essential oil present in the herb is used as an anesthetic and antiseptic in the dental industry, to protect against gum disease. Eugenol has also been found to reduce blood sugar, assisting in the fight against diabetes.
The flavonoids in parsley are strong antioxidants, attaching themselves to oxygen-based free radicals preventing oxygen-based damage to cells. Parsley has also shown strong antioxidant support in the blood.
Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and offers excellent support to a strong immune system.
Parsley is a good natural source of folic acid which is critical to cardiovascular health. Folic acid also plays an important role in cell division, making it an important nutrient in cancer prevention.
Parsley is also a good source of vitamin K, which supports strong bones and reduces the risk of fractures.
The rich green leaves of the parsley plant contain high amounts of chlorophyl, which has also shown to be effective in protecting against cancer and other infectious diseases. Chlorophyl protects against harmful bacteria which prevents infections and improves wound healing. It is believed that chlorophyl can stop the development of cold sores and even protect the skin from shingles. Digestion is improved as well by chlorophyl’s ability to speed up waste elimination.
Parsley is a sweet aromatic herb that can offer a fresh spicy flavour to many different types of dishes. Parsley is widely used around the world adding colour and flavour to potato dishes, salads, tomato-based dishes, poultry dishes, seafood and egg dishes.
Written by: J. Marshall
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