More to Parsley Than Meets the Eye

The use of Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) dates back to ancient times, over 2000 years ago. Originating in the central Mediterranean region, it was later picked up in other areas of Europe. Today, Parsley is considered one of the most widely used and available herbs in the world.

 

The benefits of Parlsey include:

Acts as a diuretic

“Parsley juice — can provide quick relief from edema. Some suggest adding parsley root to boiling water and drinking it on a regular basis can be an effective general body cleanser.”

Aids diabetes management

“An animal study involving diabetic rats, published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, validated the use of parsley for managing blood sugar levels.13 The study authors stated:

“[D]egenerative changes were significantly reduced or absent in the hepatocytes of diabetic rats treated with parsley. Diabetic rats treated with parsley demonstrated significantly lower levels of blood glucose, alanine transaminase and alkaline phosphatase. The present study suggests parsley demonstrates a significant hepatoprotective effect in diabetic rats.” “

Builds strong bones

“Rich in calcium, magnesium and vitamin K, parsley is useful in maintaining bone health and preventing osteoporosis.”

Contains anticancer compounds

Two of the anticancer compounds identified in parsley are apigenin and myristicin.

Possesses anti-inflammatory properties

“Parsley has been used in the Mediterranean region as an antidote for bruises, insect bites, rough skin and toothaches.”

Strengthens your immune system

“Parsley is rich in vitamins A, C, K, folate and niacin, all of which boost your immunity.”

You can harvest Parsley indoors. outdoors, and year-round. By using organic seeds, they are best grown in zones 5 through 9 according to the U.S Department of Agriculture.

Click to read the original article by Dr. Mercola

Sources: 

“Start Your Parsley Plants Indoors” by Dr. Mercola

 

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