Most of us know parsley as a tasty addition to meals but the truth is this green leafy herb packs some powerful health benefits as both the leaves and roots have medicinal properties.
In fact, parsley has so many nutrients that eating it is almost like taking a multivitamin, antioxidant and mineral supplement – one that is all natural and available at a fraction of the cost!
Benefits of parsley
Here is some examples of how parsley can help:
- Aids digestion and elimination
- Boosts energy
- Relieves fatigue and supports the adrenal glands
- Strengthens teeth
- Enhances nutrient absorption
- Decreases bloating
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves skin texture and decreases wrinkle formation
Parsley for specific health conditions
Parsley is a great natural skin enhancer as it contains high levels of well-absorbed vitamin C in a matrix of other synergistic vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C is vital for many body functions but it’s absolutely essential for a healthy and glowing skin by supporting collagen synthesis.
It not only nourishes the skin but also reduces scars and blemishes, and stimulates the production of collagen, which is the key to cell repair and thus fewer wrinkles!
Parsley is known for helping with many kidney problems and bladder / urinary tract infections; it also helps in water retention (oedema), and provides general immune support because is rich in naturally occurring minerals and vitamins.
Also, parsley can effectively refresh the breath. For example it’s helpful to chew some parsley after eating fresh garlic.
Moreover, parsley is high in chlorophyll – a blood purifier that aids in digestion and detoxification, particularly of the kidneys but also of the liver. And the herb packs in dense nutrients including:
- Vitamins – vitamin C (high content), beta carotene (provitamin A), vitamin K, and B vitamins including B1, B2, folate, B5, and B6.
- Minerals – calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron (high content), manganese, sulphur and potassium.
- Pyrroloquinoline quinone (or PQQ) – parsley is one of the best sources of PQQ, an essential nutrient and potent antioxidant that boosts the health, repair and function of mitochondria, our energy generators. PQQ has been found in many plant foods such as green capsicums, kiwi fruit, p