Parsley is a biennial herb with green leaves and white, slender root. This herb has a pleasant and refreshing scent. Parsley is used in folk medicine as a medicinal herb, and in the diet it is often used as a spice and food. Parsley root and leaves are also used in nutrition and folk medicine.
Parsley has no high-calorie value, but is extremely rich in minerals and vitamins. That is why it is one of the healthiest and most healing herbs.
After rosehip and blueberry leaves, parsley leaves contain the most vitamin C. 100 grams of parsley contains as much as 170 milligrams of vitamin C. It also contains a lot of provitamin A and B vitamins, it even contains the rare vitamin B12, which is important for the formation of red blood cells.
Parsley is also a natural treasure trove of many minerals. In just 100 grams of parsley leaves there are about 1630 milligrams of minerals, half of which are potassium, a key mineral necessary for the health of the body. Potassium is a mineral that is great for lowering blood pressure, helping to normalize the heartbeat, sending oxygen to the brain and regulating the amount of water in the body. That is why parsley is a natural remedy for people with high blood pressure and a weakened cardiovascular system.
Parsley, in addition to potassium, contains other useful minerals: iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and copper…
Parsley leaves are best consumed fresh (as an addition to salads), because only in this form they retain their healthy and healing ingredients.
Parsley – a rich treasure trove of healthy and healing ingredients
Parsley has a huge nutritional and significant healing effect, due to the richness of the ingredients it contains: essential oil (2.5-7% in the fruit, about 0.1% in the leaves and roots), vegetable oil rich in unsaturated fatty acids, flavonoid – apioside, mucus, sugars, a little tannins and a huge amount of different minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine, fluorine), vitamins (beta carotene, vitamins E, B1, B2, B6, B12 , folic and pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamins K and C), essential fatty acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophan), and antioxidants.
Nutritional and healing effect
Few people know that 5-6 sprigs of parsley contain as much vitamin A as there is in 1/4 teaspoon of fish oil. The same 5-6 sprigs also contain vitamin C in an amount of 2/3 as much as it is in an orange.
Parsley contains important essential amino acids, which participate in the construction of all cells of the body. Essential amino acids protect the body. The intake of essential amino acids is very important, because the body can not synthesize them, and amino acids are building blocks of proteins. Therefore, essential amino acids should be taken with food.
Especially interesting is the fact that parsley contains the amino acid histidine, which probably prevents the development of tumors in the body. Due to the large amount of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other healthy ingredients, parsley is rightly called a natural anticancer. It strengthens the body’s natural defenses, cleanses it of free radicals and helps fight cancer.
Parsley is a strong natural diuretic. It increases the excretion of excess fluid from the body. It stimulates the excretion of urine and helps retain excess fluid in the body. It is an excellent natural diuretic and is often recommended for people with edema. As it improves kidney function, parsley is a natural “cleanser” of the body and helps expel toxins from the body. Therefore, parsley is a natural remedy for lowering high blood pressure.
As a result of increased diuresis, the amount of potassium that is necessary for the normal functioning of almost all systems in the body decreases. Therefore, if you often use parsley tea, you also get enough potassium in your diet. Potassium is found in parsley, but also in many fruits and vegetables (banana, cucumber, tomato…)
Parsley is not recommended in large quantities for pregnant and lactating women, but it is useful in small quantities as a spice.
Parsley is used in Chinese folk medicine for the treatment of liver diseases, diseases of the digestive organs, for improving circulation, for urinary tract infections, for calming the nerves, for reducing the bloating of the intestines, for reducing pain, for blood purification (also helps in the formation of red blood cells), helps with fever, eye inflammation, kidney disease, skin blemishes, insect bites and heart problems.
Parsley is a great natural tonic for cleansing the eyes. This herb contains large amounts of luteolin, which helps protect the eyes from UV radiation.
Due to the high content of B vitamins, magnesium and potassium, parsley calms the nervous system and improves concentration and memory. Vitamin B6, which is found in this herb, regulates blood sugar levels. That is why parsley is a natural remedy for diabetics.