I can attest the properties of parsley are highly underrated, and need to be noticed. Parsley makes a great addition to salads, smoothies, and juices. If you're on one of our diets you may already be implementing the Fibromyalgia Juice Recipe.– It tastes incredible and provides the body with a host of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients to help the body heal and protect it from harmful effects of chronic pain.
Strengthen Immune System
Parsley has been shown to suppress over-stimulated immune systems, helping fight against allergies, autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disorders. Its high flavonoid content also provides it with the ability to enhance immune system response, as well as suppress various stages of the cancer process.
Parsley is a great natural diuretic, making it a wonder-herb for lowering blood pressure, and helping flush the body of excess toxins. It’s diuretic effects help eliminate excess sodium in the body, which is also great for getting rid of excess water weight.
This medicinal herb makes a great anti-inflammatory food. It is high in vitamin C, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and helps provide relief in those suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also contains a volatile oil called eugenol that has been shown in studies to possess strong anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties.
Blood Tonic and Purifier
Chlorophyll in parsley helps to alkalize the body, form new red blood cells and purify the blood. Polyacetylene found in parsley contains anti-platelet-aggregatory properties that help prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. It also contains a host of beneficial flavonoids that neutralize free radicals and strengthen the heart.
Strengthens The Bones
The high vitamin K content in parsley makes it a great herb for helping strengthen the bones. Vitamin K deficiency has been linked with higher risk of bone fracture and osteoporosis. Consuming enough vitamin K (which just 1/2 a cup of parsley provides) improves calcium absorption, reduces urinary calcium excretion and modifies bone matrix proteins, all of which help improve bone health.
Prevents Bladder Infections
By stimulating urination, parsley juice helps flush out bad bacteria in the urinary tract that can cause urinary tract infections (UTIs). It is also an effective antibacterial herb (see below), making it great for getting rid of bacterial infections of the bladder and urinary tract.
Heals The Kidneys
Parsley juice helps flush the kidneys by stimulating urination. When my bladder infection went up into my kidneys I juiced up to 2 bunches of parsley a day (along with my raw vegan diet), and it went away naturally after 5 days. How’s that for a natural medicine!
Parsley stimulates the appetite and improves the digestive process. It contains a host of different enzymes that help in breaking down food during digestion, as well as vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients that aid in absorption and utilization of other foods we eat.
Parsley juice can help relieve an upset stomach and indigestion, thanks to its high vitamin C and folic acid content.
Parsley contains twice the amount of iron found in spinach. Iron is the oxygen-carrying component in red blood cells, and helps prevent iron-deficiency anemia. Just 1 cup of parsley provides 3.7 mg of iron, or 21% of your daily recommended intake!
Folic acid in parsley is a nutrient required for proper cell division, and so is important for cancer prevention of the colon and cervix where cells rapidly divide. It is very high in vitamin C (3 times higher than oranges!), which is important for scavenging free radicals and preventing DNA damage (a main contributor to cancer cell growth). Parsley also contains the compound apigenin, which increases levels of glutathione reductase and superoxide dismutase and has been found to shrink certain breast cancer tumours.
Regulates Blood Pressure
The diuretic effects of this herb help lower sodium levels and thus helps lower high blood pressure. Parsley also contains folic acid, which helps convert homocysteine into benign molecules, thereby preventing damage to blood vessels and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
This powerful antibacterial herb, with the ability to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria like E. coli and B. subtilis, is a must if you want to prevent bacteria-related illness.
Good Source of Copper
If you need some copper in your diet, parsley is the way to go! Copper is an essential trace mineral found in the liver, brain, heart, kidneys and skeletal muscle. It helps with the formation of collagen, plays a role in energy production and increases the absorption of iron.
Improves VisionParsley is a good source of the pro-vitamin A carotenoid, beta-carotene. Consuming a diet rich in beta-carotene lowers your risk of age-related macular degeneration, and improves night-blindness.