Which is really
a shame because parsley is rich in vitamin
and the trace element vanadium,
and makes for a tasty and nutritious ingredient
for sandwiches and salads.
Parsley is being investigated
by the National Cancer Institute because
of its potential cancer fighting components:
Flavanoids - are antioxidants.
May deactivate hormones that trigger tumour
Coumarins - help to prevent
blood clots, and may also have cancer
Polyacetylenes - block
the synthesis of prostaglandins. (Prostaglandins
may promote cancer).
Monoterpenes - are antioxidants.
They help to reduce cholesterol, and also
Functions / Benefits
Diuretic (promotes urination)
Carminative (relaxes stomach and reduces
Painful urination and water retention
(especially when premenstrual). Used as
a woman’s tonic for menstrual problems
and menopause. Fatigue and general weakness.
Depression. Flatulence and digestive weakness.
Contraindications / Cautions
Avoid in pregnancy and kidney disease.
Parsley seeds have been used as a carminative
(helps expels gas from intestines) and
a digestion aid, however it is toxic
and should not be taken internally.
Method & Dose
Ingestion: Tea infusion. May be taken
3-4 times daily.
Ingestion: Chew fresh parsley after eating
garlic (for controlling odour).
Ingestion: Fresh chopped parsley is great
for salads or sandwiches.