Welcome to your general health and well-being column. HEALTH- CHECK with Oluwabukunolami. “This week, we shall be discussing about what we all know as the Parsely Plant. Let’s quickly find out about the Parsely Plant.
Parsley is probably one of the most under-appreciated vegetables we know. But l’d like to tell you that, if you know the benefits of parsley, you will start appreciating it .
What Is Parsley?
“It is usually bright green and it is a biennial plant in temperate climates and an annual herb in tropical and subtropical areas.
It contains 574% of the daily recommended value of the nutrient. And the Vitamin C it contains is more than thrice the amount found in oranges. It is also rich in other essential nutrients like vitamin A, iron, copper, and folate. And by the way, parsley contains twice the amount of iron in spinach. Though you need to keep in mind that this iron found in plants, called non-heme iron, is not as bioavailable as that found in animal sources.
“A team of research scientists from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology had stated that the Compounds in parsley could help fight Cancer because Parsley contains a compound called Carnosol which has been found to prevent cancer. The compound has also been linked to the treatment of cancers of the breast, skin, colon, and prostate. Parsley is also a significant contributor of flavonoids, compounds that can inhibit cancer cell proliferation. Another compound parsley is rich in is luteolin, a cancer-preventive agent.” It interferes with most of the characteristics of cancer cells, aiding in their destruction. It also inhibits the metabolism of those carcinogens that generate active mutagens in liver chromosomes Yet another compound in Parsley, called Apigenin, has been found to kill over 86% of lung cancer cells in a recent research.. “It is important to note that cooking can destroy most of parsley’s beneficial nutrients. “Hence I am, use one teaspoon of raw parsley every day.”
It works as anti-inflammatory The apigenin in Parsley also has anti-in flammatory properties. And the flavonoids in the vegetable, as per research, are some of the best natural substances to fight inflammation. Parsley is also used to treat inflammation of the kidneys and bladder, which might also lead to stones and gravel. And the high levels of Vitamin C contribute to fighting inflammation. Parsley contains quercetin which is also found in apples. Another superb antioxidant that fights inflammation. More importantly, it stabilizes the cells that release histamine a compound that is released into the body in response to any injury in the body – thereby stopping inflammation right in its tracks quercetin can also be used in conjunction with standard medical therapies to treat a condition called prostatitis, which is the inflammation of the prostate.
It Boosts Immunity: The abundance of Vitamin C in parsley makes it the absolute go-go food for boosting the immune system The essential oils it contains can also suppress an over-stimulated immune response. These immune-boosting properties of parsley also help heal wounds rapidly. It protects The Heart:- Parsley can be a good low-salt addition to your seasoning mixtures, especially if you are using them for seafood. Low salt, as we know, means heart-healthy. You can combine parsley flakes with thyme and garlic powder for a delicious yet healthy seasoning. Research suggests that parsley can be used to treat arterial hypertension, and the resultant cardiac diseases. It promotes Bone Health. “Parsley contains extremely high levels of Vitamin K that is essential for maintaining bone density and fighting fractures. This mineral works along with calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D, and phosphorus – other nutrients important for bone health. Parsley also inhibits bone resorption. Though bone resorption is vital, excess of it can lead to complications. The formation and maintenance of bones are carried out by two types of cells – osteoblasts that form the bones and osteoclasts that resorb bones. An imbalance between these two cell types leads to bone metabolic disorders like osteoporosis and osteoporosis. Apigenin in parsley can prevent these disorders. It aids In Anemia Treatment:-”Parsley is rich in iron, which explains its role in anemia treatment. Garnishing your dishes with parsley is a simple way to increase your iron intake. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to begin your day with a parsley smoothie. Research has shown that parsley leaves have potent antianemia properties. Adequate Vitamin C levels also support iron absorption. Parsley is rich in Vitamin C, promoting better iron absorption – which, in turn, helps to treat anemia.
It exhibits Antibacterial Properties:- According to an Egyptian study, parsley exhibits antibacterial properties, especially against the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Even the essential oils from organic parsley can offer antibacterial and antioxidant
Parsley was also found to be effective against gram positive and gram negative bacterial. The plant is a potent antibacterial agent. It support Gland Health. It rejuvenates Blood Vessels. It treats Diarrhea.
Parsleyis used to treat indigestion and other related conditions like flatulence andcolic The pro-digestive abilities of parsley can also be attributed to itsfiber content.” The fiber helps the food move smoothly through the digestivetract Parsley is also known to support Circulation. And the herb’s laxative anddiuretic properties which aids digestion Apiol, the oil extracted from parsleyseeds was also found to aid digestion. It Regulates Cholesterol Levels:-”Onereason parsley works great in regulating cholesterol levels is its fibercontent. Flavonoids decrease thebiosynthesis of cholesterol and help lower blood cholesterol levels as aconsequence.
IMPROVES KIDNEY HEALTH
It improves Kidney Health. Since parsley is a diuretic and helps flush fluids out of the body, it sure has a beneficial effect on the kidneys – as it can also flush out germs in the process. “Two ingredients in parsley oil can be credited for the herb’s diuretic properties –apiol and myristicin.”The herb can also help rid the body of kidney stones and gallstones. Please bear in mind that excessive use of parsley oil can put your kidneys at risk too.”**Improves Liver Health:-”Parsley can exhibit excellent hepatoprotective effects, especially in the case of diabetic individuals.
Now I believe we all know the health benefits of parsely.” This is where we would be stopping this week.
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