Parsley is an herb that originated in the Mediterranean region of southern Italy, Algeria, and Tunisia. It is used as an herb, a green leafy vegetable, and as a spice in its fresh and dried form. It is consumed in many different ways, including garnishing, salads, stocks, and sandwiches. The leaf is further divided into two more types: curly leaf and flat leaf.
Benefits of Parsley
Parsley contains several flavonoid antioxidants including luteolin, apigenin, lycopene, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene. They protect the cells from free radical damage, which is responsible for many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular problems, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and eye disorders.
Parsley, rich in antioxidants and vitamins, helps cleanse the kidneys naturally
The diuretic properties of parsley help treat bloating, edema, or water retention
Apigenin, a flavone in parsley, prevents the progression of cancer and halts tumor growth
Parsley, with its high levels of vitamins B-complex, C, and K, and calcium can help boost bone health. It helps prevent osteoporosis and maintain optimal bone health
Parsley helps relieve flatulence and colic, due to its carminative action. The root, the herb, as well as the essential oil, can boost bile production and gastric juices.
Parsley has been used as a natural remedy for acid reflux since it settles the stomach and aids in digestion.
The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in parsley are helpful for strengthening immunity and treating fever.