Mediterranean Diet 101

Parsley Health Benefits

parsley health benefits Parsley is very often used as seasoning and spice in many recipes, especially with fish and meat, where parsley enhance the flavor and aroma. But, parsley has many other health benefits, often not known to many people ....

Parsley is used as fresh, fresh frozen or dried. Fresh parsley can be kept in the glass of water for several days. In order to keep it for longer period of time, freeze it and use as needed. Dried parsley can be found in most stores among other seasonings and spices.

Health Benefits of Parsley

There are numerous health benefits of parsley, some of them are:

- parsley is rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body that cause oxidative stress in cells. Antioxidant luteolin also promotes carbohydrate metabolism and serves the body as an anti-inflammatory agent.

- parsley is rich in vitamins like vitamin C and vitamin A - very strong antioxidants and vitamin K, important for the synthesis of osteocalcin (protein that plays important role in strengthening the bones), preventing calcium build-up and hardening of arteries, thus preventing atherosclerosis and various cardiovascular diseases. Also, vitamin K is very important for synthesizing sphingolipid, the fat needed for maintaining the myelin sheath around nerves and therefore promote health of brain and rest of the nervous system. Vitamins in parsley boost immune system and overall well being.

- parsley helps fight cancer - an organic compound, myristicin, found in the parsley oil, not only inhibits tumor formation (especially in the lungs), but also activates the enzymes that help the molecule glutathione attach to, and fight against, oxidized molecules. Also, myristicin neutralizes carcinogen compounds like benzopyrene (found often in cigarette smoke) and thus help fight prostate and colon cancer.

Health Benefits of Parsley Tea

Parsley tea is one of the healthiest teas around. It is made quite easily - put plenty of parsley into the cup and add hot water, strain it after 15 minutes and you have your parsley tea. Some people make larger amounts of this tea ad keep it refrigerated - fresh tea is the best.

Parsley tea have many benefits of fresh parsley, but it also helps with gallbladder problems and will help in removing gallstones. Parsley tea is very good for cleaning body from various toxins and for increasing overall health.

It is believed that tea made from parsley roots helps problematic joints - arthritis and gout.

It is recommended to avoid larger amounts of parsley if you are pregnant or have any issue with parsley and similar plants - feel free to add parsley as spice to various foods, but avoid drinking parsley tea or using parsley oil.

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