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Health Benefits Of Parsley Leaves & Juice For The Human Body

By Sravia Sivaram

Parsley is a part of various medicinal components and its leaf and root are used to make salads, for garnishing and sandwiches.

Parsley is a rich source of vitamins like vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, B12 and minerals like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folates, choline, iron, magnesium, etc.

It also contains other essential compounds like carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. Hence, this makes parsley very effective in controlling diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal issues, which also helps strengthen the immune system.

Hence, this nutritious herb can be a boon to your health. Parsley also acts as a free radical scavenger, heart protector, brain protector, etc. It is anti-diabetic, antibacterial, antifungal and a digestive system soother.

It is known for its ability to regulate bowel movement and it decreases bloating. In this article, we have mentioned some of the top health benefits of parsley that you need to know. Read further to find them out.

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1. Prevents Cancer:

This is one of the top most health benefits of parsley. It contains high levels of flavonoids like myricetin and apigenin that help reduce the dangers of one contracting several cancers like skin, breast, alimentary canal and prostate cancers. This is mainly attributed to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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2. Prevents Diabetes:

Parsley contains myricitin that helps in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. This chemical helps in lowering blood sugar level and also reduces insulin resistance and brings anti-inflammatory effects to the body.

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3. Improves Heart Health:

This herb contains a high level of folic acid, which is an important B vitamin that helps in effective health regulation. Folic acid helps with the conversion of homocysteine into benign molecules, which is directly related to cardiovascular health. This is one of the top health benefits of parsley. It is also confirmed in the study 'Relation between Intake of Flavonoids and Risk for Coronary Heart Disease in Male Health Professionals'.

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4. Fights Against Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Parsley contains high levels of vitamin C that protects the body against inflammatory polyarthritis. It also contains beta-carotene that has anti-inflammatory properties.

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5. Prevents Inflammation:

Due to its ability to prevent inflammation, it is known to treat conditions like insect bites, toothaches, bruises and rough skin. It also helps reduce internal inflammation and anti-hepatotoxicity properties that help clean the liver as well.

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6. Strengthens The Immune System:

Parsley is also a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that have various effects on the immune system. It contains vitamin A that acts directly on the white blood cells or lymphocytes, thus increasing their effect.

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7. Has Diuretic Effects:

This herb has been in use for several decades now as a diuretic that helps control a number of diseases like kidney stones, gallbladder stones and urinary tract infections.

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8. Improves Bone Health:

Parsley is a rich source of vitamin K and calcium that help improve bone health. Deficiency of vitamin K can cause a higher risk of bone fracture and including high amounts of vitamin K in the diet can help prevent this condition.

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9. Rich In Antioxidants:

A number of parsley's health benefits come due to its antioxidant properties. It contains flavonoids, particularly luteolin, which is an antioxidant associated with oxygen radicals that prevent oxygen based damage to the cells.

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10. Detoxifies The Body:

This herb contains apigenin and myristicin that help boost the productivity of the liver's enzyme and hence detoxifies the body.

Possible Side Effects Of Having Excess Parsley:

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a. Headaches:

High consumption of parsley can give rise to one suffering from headaches. If you persistently face this problem, it is recommended to stop using this herb.

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b. Kidney Damage:

Over-consumption of parsley can lead to kidney damage. It is better to use it moderately to prevent any serious consequence.

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c. Convulsions:

Consuming a lot of parsley can also lead to convulsions. It can lead to to an imbalance in the mind with writhing and jerking movements.

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d. Risky For Pregnant Women:

Over-consumption of parsley can lead to uterine contractions in pregnant women, which is a very risky situation during any stage of pregnancy. Hence, it is recommended to consume parsley in moderate amounts during pregnancy and the breastfeeding phase.

Story first published: Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 9:37 [IST]