Parsley is one of the most popular types of garnish everywhere but it is also highly beneficial because it contains a large number of different types of nutrients. Parsley is one of the herbs that have been cultivated by humans throughout numerous centuries. It has also been used for various medicinal purposes ever since the Middle Ages.
History of Parsley
The word is a derivative of certain Greek words which would roughly translate to rock celery, because parsley is related to celery. The ancient Greeks considered parsley as a sacred herb so they used it as a decoration for their tombs. Parsley was first used for the culinary purposes in the times of the ancient Rome. Nowadays, parsley is mainly used as a garnish.
Types of Parsley
There are numerous different types of varieties of parsley but the curly leaf parsley and flat leaf parsley are the ones which are used most commonly. The curly leaf parsley is characterized by mossy look and the flat leaf parsley has flat leaves which are very similar to celery. The Hamburg parsley is used mostly in Eastern and Central Europe and it is characterized by fern like leaves and white roots. Its taste is very similar to celery. Parsley is very efficient in providing the human body with numerous different types of essential nutrients. It is an excellent source of folate, iron, vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K and various volatile oil compounds such as alpha-thujene, eugenol, limonene and myristicin. Parsley is very healthy because it contains abundant amounts of several types of flavonoids such as luteloin, crisoeriol, apigenin and apiin.
Parsley Health Benefits
Parsley is widely used for the garnishing of meats, soups and various other types of dishes. The ancient Greek medicine and Ayurveda have always used parsley for the treatment of menstrual disorders, dyspepsia and abdominal flatulence. The seeds, roots and leaves of the parsley plant can all be used for different medicinal purposes. Parsley is excellent at promoting the overall cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It also lowers the blood pressure very effectively. Parsley improves the functioning of the kidneys and cleanses the blood vessels very effectively too. It is highly beneficial in preventing various different types of arthritis.
Other Health Benefits
Parsley may also come in very handy for all those who suffer from excess weight, weak teeth, liver congestion, insect bites, gout, gallstones, diarrhea, anemia, various different types of digestive problems, bruises, several sorts of ear infections, deafness and many other medical conditions.