The Amazing Digestive Benefits Of Parsley
Parsley: Nutrition and History
Parsley's components make it beneficial in treating a variety of ailments.
It contains main minerals like iron, potassium, calcium and manganese, as well as folic acid, beta-carotene, essential oils (including eugenol and apiole), flavonoids (apigenin, quercetin, rutin), chlorophyll, and healthy doses of B-vitamins, A, C, E and K vitamins.
It allegedly contains more Vitamin C weight for weight that most citrus fruits!
Parsley's high enzyme content contributes in improving overall digestion, and the effective elimination of waste.
Since the days of Hippocrates, or the 4th century BC, parsley has been used in medicinal recipes for general tonics, poison antidotes, digestive disorders, and formulas to relieve kidney and bladder stones. And, for the past two thousand years, parsley has been highly regarded as a medicinal herb to treat gastrointestinal disorders.
Parsley stimulates digestion and the kidneys, and helps eliminate toxins and kidney stones. It relieves water retention, bloating, indigestion and flatulence.
Parsley leaves are carminative, relieving flatulence by preventing the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract. Additionally they facilitate the expulsion of gas, thus quickly reducing bloating.
Parsley's Benefits at a Glance
There are 2 main types of parsley, which are equally nutritious. The flat leaf or Italian parsley is slightly milder in taste and preferable for using in salads and cooking. The curly parsley, on the other hand, is more pungent, and better used for garnish and parsley tea, as it is quite rough in texture.
Parsley's health benefits are numerous and include:
Promotes faster waste elimination Anti-inflammatory, reducing joint pain and stiffness Immune system booster, protecting against flu, colds and infections Breath freshener, eliminating strong mouth odours such as garlic or onion Helps with bladder or urinary tract infections Protects against heart and cardiovascular disease Improves digestion of proteins and fats Helpful in pregnancy and for fertility Strengthens bones and teeth due to its calcium content
And last but not least:
Using Parsley for Instant Bloating and Flatulence Relief
Choose organic parsley. Wash it thoroughly and chew the leaves and stems. In most cases this will immediately relieve bloating and trigger gas explosion. Sorry, expulsion!
Medicinally, roots are employed, as well as leaves, fresh or dried, for making Parsley Tea. Parsley is rich with Apiol essential oil, which is of considerable curative value. Apiol is extracted from parsley seeds.
Parsley Tea: Use 30g (or 3 tablespoons full) of parsley leaves per 4 cups of boiling water. Let it seep for 10 minutes and sip before meals to prevent bloating, or after to relieve it.
Parsley is also available in capsules. Follow indications and dosage on the box.
Caution: Parsley is not recommended for pregnant women in large amounts, as it may cause uterine contractions, but used after delivery, it is said to tone the uterus. Those who suffer from kidney infection should also avoid parsley.
Tabbouli is a deliciously healthy recipe from the Middle East, which uses parsley and mint as main ingredients. You can have it as a side salad or as a main course, as it is extremely nutritious and fulfilling.
My Mum’s Delicious Tabbouli Recipe (serves 4)
- 1 Full bunch of flat leaf parsley
- 5 stems of mint leaves (pick the leaves and discard the stems)
- 1 medium sized ripe tomato
- 1 tablespoonful of fine bulgur (Best omitted if you suffer from bloating and gas)
- 1 small lemon- juiced
- 1 small white onion or 3 stalks of spring onions (it can be made without onions for easier digestion or according to taste)
- 2.5 tablespoonful of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoonful of salt
- Soak the bulgur in half the lemon juice for a quarter of an hour
- Wash the parsley thoroughly and chop as finely as possible
- Repeat with the mint leaves
- Dice the tomato in small pieces and discard the juice (to prevent the tabbouli from becoming soggy). You can also use the tomato juice to soak the bulgur, instead of the lemon. Chop the onion finely (if you’re using it)
- In a large bowl place the soaked bulgur and add the chopped parsley, mint, tomato and onion. Add the lemon juice, the olive oil and the salt.
- Mix thoroughly and serve accompanied with lettuce leaves.Delicious and super-nutritious… Enjoy!
PS: Not only is parsley extremely rich in nutrients, which makes it a very healthy addition to your diet, it is also a digestion booster and a potent carminative herb (anti-bloating and gas). It's unfortunate that most people use parsley mainly for garnish. The objective of this page is to give you incentive to consume parsley a lot more often, in salads and other delicious recipes, and especially if you suffer from digestive problems like bloating and gas.
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