If you are in a restaurant and are served dishes garnished with parsley, don’t put the parsley to the side, but instead eat parsley every time you have a chance to give your body a health boost!
Parsley is a member of the Umbelliferae family, which also includes celery, carrots, dill, cilantro, caraway, cumin, and the poisonous hemlock. Nobody is certain where parsley originated, though it is said by some to have originated in Sardinia.
There are two types commonly used as a herb, curly leaf and flat leaf. Flat leaf is often referred to as Italian parsley. The Ancient Romans loved parsley. In the first century AD, Pliny wrote that no salad or sauce should be served without parsley. He also wrote that all classes of people loved parsley.
The Ancient Greeks believed parsley sprung from the blood of the hero Archemorus after he was killed by a dragon. There was an ancient belief that plucking a sprig of parsley while saying one’s enemy’s name would bring about the death of said enemy.
The health benefits of parsley in herbal medicine include its use in the control of high blood pressure. Chinese and German herbalists recommend parsley tea for this purpose. Scientific evaluations of the dietary effects of parsley seem to support this recommendation.
Several different underlying problems have been associated with hypertension or high blood pressure. One, the kidneys lose their ability to excrete sodium (salt) efficiently, disturbing the natural balance of water and salt in the body.
Two, people who have high blood pressure are usually “salt-sensitive”; salt tends to increase fluid retention in their bodies.
And three, the body’s natural systems designed to control blood pressure in the short-term is overactive in people with chronic hypertension.
This leads to constriction of the blood vessels and increases retention of water and salt. Some of the prescription medications for the treatment of high blood pressure are designed to improve the body’s ability to rid itself of excess fluids and salt. They are called “diuretics”.
Scientific evaluations of the dietary effects of parsley have shown that it enhances the kidney’s ability to excrete sodium and water, thus it acts as a natural diuretic. It also improves the function of potassium in the body. Potassium counteracts the negative effects of salt.
So there you have it… this little innocent looking green sprig of parsley could help regulate your blood pressure and has many other health benefits. Eat more parsley and see for yourself the miracle of this easy to obtain green herb.
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ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eat parsley often for maximum health benefits!
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