Parsley or garden parsley (Latin Petroselinum crispum) is the most famous species of the genus Petroselinum of the family Umbilical (Apiaceae).
Parsley is a biennial plant of 30-100 cm high with a spindle-shaped thickened root. The stalk is erect and branchy. The leaves are shiny, triangular, double-bifurcated, dark green, glistening on top. It blooms in June-July. Flowers are greenish-yellow. Fruit is oblong-ovate.
Parsley is believed to have originated from Southeastern Europe, the Mediterranean region or western Asia. As a result of cultivation, it is now found throughout the world and has become wild in some areas.
Parsley also contains bioflavonoids and essential oils. Among other things, it has a high content of trace elements, which is extremely necessary for a deficiency of calcium, zinc, phosphorus, iron or magnesium. In these cases, the introduction of parsley into your daily diet will be very beneficial.
Parsley contains a large amount of chlorophyll, which is a natural pigment and is involved in oxidation reactions. Also there is folic acid in it, which is known for its useful properties, helping to maintain the excellent condition of blood vessels and promoting the growth of healthy children. As a result, it is not surprising that parsley herb is used to create biologically active additives.
Fruits of parsley contain up to twenty-two percent of fatty oil, which includes flavonoids apiin and diosmin, petroselinic acid glycerides, apygenin glycerides and naringenin, as well as luteolin, etc. In addition, in fruits, there is from two to six percent of essential oil, in which there are coumarin, apiol, myristicin, a-pinene, apionic acid, allyl tetramethoxybenzene, etc. The leaves of the plant contain vitamin C, apigenin, up to eight hundredths of percent of carotene, luteolin, and in turn, there are kempferol and quercetin. The roots are rich in apigenin.
All parts of parsley are beneficial for the body and are used for preserving health and restoring the functioning of the human body.
The use of parsley for the body. Method of application:
Increase of immunity: collagen (the main protein of connective tissue) is produced, the absorption of nutrients and processes of regeneration of damaged tissues are accelerated, the functioning of the endocrine system glands is stimulated, and the body's defense against infections and their complications is developed.
Treatment and prevention of arthritis: essential oil of parsley (eugenol) shows anti-inflammatory effect when having pain and swelling in the affected joints.
Improvement of metabolic processes: a rich vitamin composition stimulates the production of red blood cells, protein synthesis, and normalization of the hemoglobin level. Folic acid has a positive effect on the prevention of anemia, the formation of healthy cells.
Strengthening of blood vessels: it occurs thanks to a decrease in the level of homocysteine (an amino acid that affects the walls of the arteries). Thanks to this, blood vessels and small capillaries are strengthened.
Development of antioxidants: bioflavonoid luteolin is an antioxidant; it removes free radicals from the body, stimulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, and shows anti-inflammatory properties.
Prevention of gemmological diseases: parsley chlorophyll purifies blood, normalizes blood sugar, tones blood vessels.
Reduction of blood pressure: high content of potassium normalizes elevated blood pressure, heart rhythm.
Prevention of respiratory and allergic rhinitis: parsley is indispensable during flowering plants and the appearance of seasonal allergies, because it serves to prevent rhinitis.
Adjustment of increased acidity: it improves the digestive tract, reduces the acidity of gastric juice, and acts as an antacid.
Treatment of inflammatory diseases of the genitourinary system: it stops inflammation.
Detoxification of the body: removes slags, stimulates the formation of apigenin and myristicin in the liver (substances that enhance the effect of drugs against cancer of the large intestine).
Sanitation of the mouth: chlorophyll in the composition of parsley is an excellent tool for the prevention of inflammation of the oral cavity, eliminating unpleasant odor.
Treatment of pyelonephritis: viruses and bacteria that cause inflammation of the renal tubules are neutralized.
Reducing blood sugar: the constant use of parsley helps to control the level of glucose in the blood of patients with diabetes.
Application as a diuretic: a diuretic property of parsley enhances the excretion of salts and toxins, reduces the volume of fluid in the intercellular space.
Improvement of vision: a rich set of trace elements (vitamin A and beta-carotene) promotes the normalization of vision, protection of the optic nerve from overwork.
Regeneration of tissues and disinfection of epidermal injuries: the amino acid histidine promotes the coping of infectious processes on the skin after damage and surgical interventions.
The benefits of parsley hide in the content of biologically active compounds and minerals in it. The sugars in its composition are glucose, sucrose and fructose. All parts of this plant are rich in pectins, bioflavonoids and phytoncides. The spicy aroma of this plant is caused by a large number of essential oils.
Harm from parsley to human health usually hides in the origin of the plant and the amount of its use:
Parsley, which is grown in compliance with environmental quality standards, is used for medicinal purposes. If the origin of the acquired green is not known, before use, a bunch of parsley should be soaked in a container of cool water for half an hour. Therefore, it will be possible to minimize the negative effect of possible impurities obtained by the plant during the growing season.
The misuse of a spicy plant will bring unpleasant complications. Excessive consumption of spicy plants will lead to an overabundance of myristicin, an active element of essential oil. An overdose of this compound causes nausea, dizziness, hallucinations.
Parsley affects the condition of patients with renal pathology negatively. Its compounds irritate the sensitive cells of the parenchyma of this organ.
Contraindications for the use of parsley in the diet and for treatment are nephritis, acute cystitis, gout, hypocalcaemia, as well as with urolithiasis, if the size of stones exceeds 5-6 mm, since parsley can cause movement of stones in the kidneys.
This spicy plant is a great find for those people who take care of their health with the help of natural remedies. It is appreciated for the unique combination of vitamins and microelements, high biological activity of the components of the composition. The availability of parsley at any time of the year, its ability to store for a long time, without losing its unique qualities, ease of processing and manufacturing of various products, a variety of methods for long-term storage make parsley irreplaceable for a home pharmacy. It is very convenient to use liquid parsley extract at home.
Take about 20-30 drops (1 ml or 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb) to 2 oz of juice or water up to 4 times a day.
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*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.