Parsley is a bitter herb that not only helps digestion, but also makes lots of dishes taste better. This herb has been used for more than 2000 years already, it’s extremely nutritious and there are several time-tested benefits that you should know about:
1-Parsley is rich in Vitamin C, a half cup of fresh parsley contains 40 milligrams of vitamin C, 70% of the Daily Value. It’s well known that vitamin C enhances body’s immunity and prevents common cold, flu, fever and other health conditions.
2-Parsley is a natural detoxifying agent that cleanses the system of any toxins. It helps flush out excess fluid from the body, thus supporting the kidney function. Parsley juice mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice and water, is said to be a wonderful cleaning tonic.
3-Massage parsley essential oil into the scalp may reduce hair loss, as parsley contains apigenin, which controls hair fall through the regulation of TGF-beta1 gene.
4-Coconut oil boiled with parsley, then strain and pour a little into the ear helps in curing ear infections.
5-The RDA of Vitamin K in Parsley is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a protein that strengthens the composition of the bones.
6-Thanks to parsley’s high chlorophyll levels, it is a good mouth freshener. It works great to reduce the odor of garlic breath when chewed fresh. Or dip it in a bit of vinegar and chew it slowly before swallowing, this remedy is also effective for getting rid of the bad breath after smoking tobacco.
7-It’s super low in calories. 2 tablespoons of parsley only contain around 3 calories, so if you want to lose some pounds, it is wise to add parsley in your plate.
8-Parsley is a good source of folate, this B vitamin is essential for producing red blood cells and helping to prevent birth defects.
9-Parsley is a good immune system booster. Finely chopped parsley mixed with lemon juice, organic olive oil and garlic is a simple remedy which has been proven to be able to improve immune system.
10-Parsley works great to relieve the pain of insect bites, such as bee or wasp stings. Rub the fresh parsley leaves on the affected area to avoid inflammation and reduce pain.
11-Salads with parsley and parsley juice are excellent alternative treatments of cancer, because of a chemical component of parsley-apigenin, which reduces the number of new blood vessels that form around a cancerous tumor, helping to starve the growth of cancer cells.