Monday, January 18, 2016
It is now cultivated and consumed all over the world. The most common type of parsley is the one that is used for its leaves as a herb, but there is another type of parsley, the root parsley that is used for its roots, mainly in central, eastern and southern europe cuisine, for soups and stews.
Parsley roots are good for fighting flatulence, spasm and menstrual disorders.
They are also of a good help for fighting chronic liver and gallblader diseases and at counteracting kidney stones. They are rich in iron, magnesium, copper, folate, phosphorus, potassium, and like the leaves, contain a very high quantity of vitamin K.
Parsley leaves are commonly used as a garnish, but also as a herb to spice up your dishes.
Parsley is rich in essential volatile oils such as myristicin, limonene and eugenol and alpha-thujene.
The eugenol is the essential oil also found in cloves. It is known for its antiseptic properties and its anesthetic properties. It is also known to help fighting skin, ears and vagina fungi in non western holistic medicine.
Myristicin, is used for its sedative and possibly hallucinogenic effects. It is found in quantity in nutmegs, and can lead to food poisoning when consumed in large quantity.
Limonene is known to help in case of gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn discomfort.
The essentials oils in parsley have shown to prevent the formation of cancerous cells, especially in lung cancer studies.
These essential oils like all essential oils are medicine since they are used in drug making process. The active principle they contain are strong enough to heal, but also strong enough to hurt, therefore, they should not be used in an abusive manner, like any medicine.
In addition to essential oils, parsley is also rich in flavonoids, including luteolin, which works as antioxidant and prevents cells damages and, combined with the vitamin C in parsley works as an anti inflammatory
The presence of vitamin C, folate, chlorophyl and beta-carotene in parsley, makes it an excellent detox herb for the body, especially for the liver.
The main active vitamin in parsley is vitamin K, which it is full of. Vitamin K helps the bone system, and is thus of a good help for osteoporosis disease. Vitamin K also help support the nervous system, and can help fight the alzheimer disease by preventing neuronal damages in the brain.
And most of all, parsley is a very tasty herb that will add a great scent to your dishes.