The miraculous power and healing effect of parsley

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The miraculous power and healing effect of parsley
Parsley, of course, you know this herb. But perhaps especially as a few curled green leaves garnish with an omelet, sandwich, or a cup of soup in a cheap restaurant? We think it’s so commonplace that sometimes, without thinking about it, we push it aside. But maybe parsley is the healthiest thing in front of you at that moment! Did you know that it can even contribute to the health of your breasts? So do read on!

Flat, curly, or root parsley?

Parsley is a very nutritious herb. There are three varieties: curly, flat, and root parsley with all three (broadly speaking) the same healthy properties.

Curly parsley is the most well-known and is best eaten raw. But not everyone likes this.

Some women find the taste of curly parsley a bit harsh and not a nice mouthfeel. I honestly don’t like it that much either. That’s why I avoided parsley for years. Fortunately, flat parsley offers the solution these days. This herb has more flavor thanks to the number of essential oils and is much softer in your mouth. You can easily heat flat parsley without losing the healthy nutrients.

At the bottom of this article you will find an easy and tasty recipe.

Root parsley is less well known.  Officially this species belongs to the parsley family, but in shape and growth habit it is a taproot that also includes carrots, chicory, and salsify. See the image above this article. It is an aromatic vegetable and has a taste similar to celeriac and parsnip.

The miraculous power of parsley

The miraculous power and healing effect of parsley

What makes parsley so healthy? These are mainly the nutrients present with complicated names such as eugenol, apigenin, and chlorophyll. These have a healing effect. Let’s dive in:

  • Eugenol: anti-inflammatory properties

Parsley contains a substance called eugenol. This is an essential oil that is also abundantly present in cloves.

The typical clove smell? That’s eugenol. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Eugenol contains anti-inflammatory properties which are good news for women with hidden inflammation, also known as low-grade inflammation. (1) The name says it all: inflammation that cannot be seen or felt but is present in your body. They are at the root of many chronic diseases.

Let me explain this to you. Your immune system can become alarmed by an internal or external stimulus. Think of, for example, unnoticed food intolerances, an excessive intake of omega-6 fats, highly processed food, or stress. This causes your body to produce inflammatory substances that circulate in your blood. This can eventually lead to a chronic illness.

In contrast to a visible inflammatory reaction (a wound on the skin), a hidden inflammation in your body often remains active for a long time. This can eventually lead to rheumatism, type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Eugenol in parsley helps to combat hidden, low-grade inflammation.

  • Iron and vitamin C: less risk of anemiaThe miraculous power and healing effect of parsley

In anemia, there is too little hemoglobin (a component of red blood cells) in the blood. Iron is the main building block of hemoglobin. Let parsley be full of that!

Plant-based iron is difficult for the body to absorb, but with a vitamin C source this is a lot easier. There is also plenty of vitamin C in parsley. So two birds with one stone.

A small side note: the nutritional value of all foods is always calculated at 100 grams. So there is a lot of iron and vitamin C in 100 grams of parsley. Getting so much parsley in one sitting is of course not that easy.

A trick to get a lot of it is to finely chop or grind the parsley with a sharp knife or in the food processor. The foliage is shrinking quite a bit. Also, make a nice pesto with it. Parsley also adds a fresh taste to green smoothies and vegetable juices – another great way to get a lot of it.

A good trick to get a lot of parsley is to chop the herb very finely.

  • Apigenin: positive influence on breast health

A remarkable study from 2011  (2) shows that the substance apigenin, which is found in parsley, is effective in hormone-sensitive breast tumors. The researcher indicates that this discovery could affect women with breast cancer who are undergoing hormone treatment.

This requires some explanation. Apigenin belongs to flavonoids. This substance acts as an antioxidant and gives fruit and vegetable a color. There are many different types of flavonoids, each with a different effect.

In this particular study, rats with a particular type of breast cancer were exposed to apigenin. They developed fewer tumors and there was a delay in existing tumor growth. The latter would have to do with the fact that apigenin blocks the formation of new blood vessels. As a result, the tumor is poorly supplied with the nutrients it needs to grow and multiply.

Rats are of course not the same as humans, but the results are promising, according to the researcher. It is still unclear how much apigenin people need to take to have the effect. Further research is underway. It seems good to have at least a small amount of apigenin in the blood to slow down troubled cells. (3)

So eat that parsley! The cancer-fighting compound apigenin can also be found in oranges, broccoli, celery, onions, olives and chamomile tea.

  • Chlorophyll: fresh breath

Parsley and fresh breath, these two seem strongly linked. This is not only due to the taste of parsley but also because of the substance chlorophyll. This is a green plant substance with an antibacterial effect. And bacteria in the mouth cause bad breath. A sprig of parsley after a meal is therefore not such a bad idea! Does that garnish on the edge of your plate still get a final destination The miraculous power and healing effect of parsley

Chlorophyll, thanks to its antibacterial effect, works well against bad breath

  • Kidney Support

Your kidneys are extremely important to your health. They filter the blood, make important hormones, remove waste products, neutralize acids and also ensure urine production. And that 24 hours a day. The better your kidneys work, the healthier you are.

Especially for substances that do not belong in your body, it is important that they can be excreted smoothly and completely. Parsley supports your kidneys thanks to a diuretic effect. It is important that you drink enough water.

In the past, parsley was even used for kidney stones, a nasty ailment that can be associated with reduced kidney function.

Research shows that uric acid, breakdown substance of your body cells, is rapidly excreted by your kidneys by consuming parsley (4). This is beneficial because too high a uric acid level is associated with inflammation in the body in the long run. Levels that are too high can cause crystals to settle on the joints. This can cause gout.

There are women who retain too much fluid. This is sometimes a persistent problem due to hormonal fluctuations. Parsley can also give them a helping hand.

Parsley plant in the windowsill

So good news. The good news is that you can enjoy this biennial plant all year round. You can grow it yourself in your garden or in a pot on the balcony. Sowing is possible from February to August and the plant is until about November. Sowing can also be done indoors and thanks to the pleasant temperatures there, parsley continues to grow all year round. Simply on your windowsill or a kitchen shelf.

If you don’t have green fingers, get the plant at the Ekoplaza or in the supermarket, there is often also an organic version available. Unfortunately, this plant does not grow when you cut off some twigs, so it’s gone.

You can easily eat parsley all year round

The miraculous power and healing effect of parsley

Carrot parsley is less easy to gain weight. They are regularly available in organic stores when they are in season: in the autumn and winter months. Do not confuse them with parsnips in appearance as they are almost identical. You can use root parsley just like any other root vegetable.

Shall we agree that the time of carelessly pushing aside the sprig of garnish on your plate is over with this one? Chop lots of parsley over a homemade soup or through a salad. Parsley left? Leftovers are ideal for your daily vegetable juice and you can also freeze it. Below you will find a recipe to get some inspiration.

Also make parsley tea. A generous handful of parsley and a cup of hot water; that’s all you need. Thanks to the essential oils it smells wonderful and now you know you are drinking a cup full of health!

Recipe: Parsley oil

You will need
1 bunch of parsley, washed, and if necessary. a small piece of hard stalk removed
200-250 ml good quality extra virgin olive oil
Juice half a lemon
Two cloves of garlic
A good twist of fresh black pepper and sea salt

This is how you make it
Put all ingredients in a food processor or strong blender and let it run until smooth and green. Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary. Got some arugula in the vegetable drawer? Then add a few leaves. Great for a spicy accent! You can also use half a bunch of parsley and 30-40 grams of arugula.

 

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