Health Benefits of Parsley
Parsley has many health benefits and has been used as a cure for many ailments. It is well known that parsley has flavonoids that act as anti-oxidants. This means that they combine with "free-radicals" before they can create damage to the cells.
Some of the volatile oils in parsley have demonstrated in animal studies the ability to inhibit tumors. It is thought that it possesses anti-carcinogenic properties, especially in relation to the lungs.
Parsley is also rich in vitamins A and C. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory substance. It is necessary for a healthy immune system and can help prevent colds and ear infections. Vitamin A is well-known for its effects on vision, plus can mitigate risks of atherosclerosis and diabetes. Parsley is also a source of folic acid, another vitamin that helps reduce cancer risk and atherosclerosis.
Some believe that parsley leaves can help control bedwetting (enuresis).
Vitamin K, which gives blood the ability to clot is also found in parsley. Small amounts of iron are also in the make-up of parsley.
Parsley (especially an oil extracted from its seed, called Apiol) has been used in medicines that treat a variety of illnesses including, ague, malaria, and jaundice. A poultice made from the leaves was for a time used in France to reduce the effects of poisonous insect bites.
Oxalic acid is found in parsley. Oxalic acid prevents calcium absorption and may also contribute to gallstones and kidney stones. For the average person that eats a balanced diet, the small amounts of oxalic acid will not be a health factor. However, those with low calcium health concerns will not want to eat excessive amounts of parsley.
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