Parsley Is More Than Just An Herb

Parsley Is More Than Just An Herb Parsley is more than just an herb

Health Benefits of Parsley

Parsley is more than just an herb to help garnish a beautiful entree. It actually has numerous health benefits, which people often overlook. Parsley contains high amounts of iron, almost twice the amount of spinach. Iron helps carry an essential component called heme that is found in the red blood cells. Parsley also contains high amounts of fiber which aid in digestion health as well as high amounts of vitamin C and A which help boost the immune system. The combination of vitamins and nutrients found in parsley help cleanse the body, as well as anti-inflammatory properties, which aid in many health issues. Parsley also contains cancer fighting properties and antioxidants, boosts liver health and relaxes smooth muscle.

Parsley contains several flavonoids, one of them being apigenin. Studies have shown apigenin provides significant anti-tumor properties, as well as the capability to slow inflammation and balance oxidative radicals. The ability to prevent tumor growth works by stopping tumors from creating blood vessels. A recent study has shown that apigenin prevented bladder cancer cells from growing by preventing tumor growth.

Parsley is also an excellent source of many other vitamins and nutrients including vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and folate.

Parsley Oil

Parsley works wonders as a  antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, and detoxifying agent. Parsley oils helps with many health concerns some of which include infections, rheumatism, arthritis, and digestive issues. It can also help protect your body from many infections. Parsley aids in detoxifying your body which helps refresh your blood and boost your circulation. It doesn’t stop there, parsley also helps indigestion, nausea, flatulence, vomiting, and stomach aches.

How to make parsley oil:

You can easily make parsley oil in your very own kitchen!

1. Boil pot of water and blanch parsley for 10 seconds (with steams still intact). Remove and quickly transfer to ice cold water for a few seconds. Once the parsley is cold, carefully dry with paper towel.

2. In a blender or any kind of mixer. Combine olive oil or coconut oil with parsley until it is bright green. Do not over blend.

3. Pour parsley into a clean glass jar or safe contain and refrigerate for 24 hrs.

4. Once the mixture has sat for 24 hours get another jar and place an unbleached coffee filter on top of the glass and scoop the mix onto the filter and allow all of the oil to filter through and you have your very own homemade parsley oil!

* Store in refrigerator or freezer.

You can also drizzle this oil over tasty salads and for a boost of flavor in many recipes.

Another reason to love parsley 

28 grams of parsley contains just 10 calories, 2 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein, and 1 gram of fiber. The vitamin K content found in parsley is 574% of the Daily Recommended Value. Vitamin K helps promote strong bones, prevent calcium buildup, and may help prevent Alzheimer’s.

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