Parsley is an aromatic herb native to the European Eastern Mediterranean, which provides us with great properties and benefits, recommended by Chinese and German herbalists and even by the Indians (Cheroke) who use it as a medicine.
Although at first it was cultivated to be used as a condiment, it has been shown that it has multiple properties that are very beneficial for our health, here are its benefits:
- Parsley contains minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, and sulfur. It is ideal to combat anemia, anorexia, especially in cases of weakness, fatigue or physical fatigue due to its high iron content. Its leaves are also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C and D.
- It has diuretic properties, as it helps clean the kidneys by eliminating toxins and preventing the formation of stones.
- It is anti-inflammatory, as it helps fight cases of arthritis and rheumatism.
- Due to its good source of folic acid, it is ideal for a healthy heart.
- It helps in cases of hypertension, prevents osteoporosis, which due to its high calcium content is recommended for children and athletes since they are the ones who make the greatest physical effort and that by allowing its consumption they will achieve the strengthening of their bones.
- Ideal stimulant of digestion, it is advisable to take a cup of this infusion preferably before consuming any food, thus avoiding spasms, slow digestion and constipation.
- It greatly strengthens the immune system, increasing the defenses, therefore, its consumption can prevent the appearance of cancer, heart problems, cataracts and infections since it contains vitamin C.
- Antioxidant par excellence, ideal and very effective for our skin to stay clean and rejuvenated, it also prevents hair loss and helps to strengthen nails.
- It has antineuralgic action due to its apiol content, which is an oily substance widely used to cure intermittent fevers and neuralgia (pain).
- Considered a diuretic, carminative (reduces gas generation), used as an emmenagogue (since it has a substance that stimulates the menstrual cycle), expectorant, and is even believed to have aphrodisiac properties.
- It is ideal to consume it raw with some salads, also drink it in smoothies combined with any fruit and take it in infusions (especially in the case of hypertension) either at breakfast or between main meals.
- To help reduce inflammation and act as an anesthetic, it is advisable to place a poultice of crushed parsley on the damaged and sore area, thus causing numbness.
- Its consumption should not be allowed in pregnant women, either as a medicine or supplement since the oil it contains, roots, leaves or seeds can lead to uterine stimulation if consumed in large doses.
- It is always good to consult your doctor for any questions that arise.
Finally, you will discover that this aromatic herb with a very simple and humble appearance becomes a wonderfully nutritious and healing food that should not be missing in your refrigerator, and if you are lucky enough to be able to plant it in your own garden and consume it fresh you will be able to enjoy its big benefits.