Parsley, the wonder herb, has a treasure trove of nutrients. Chopped fresh parsley contains nutritional bounties such as vitamins A, C, K, folate, iron, copper, potassium, calcium, fiber, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Health Benefits of Parsley
Parsley promotes optimal health and is rich in antioxidants.
Boosts Brain Health
Brazilian researchers have found that parsley, thyme, chamomile, and red pepper, enhances neuron formation and strengthens the connections between the brain cells.
The researchers applied apigenin to human cells in a dish, and what a wonder they became neurons after 25 days. This phenomenon was not found in other cells without the substance.
The neurons made stronger connections which were sophisticated. Neuroscientist Stevens Rehen, the lead author, says that strong connections between neurons are crucial for brain function, memory consolidation, and learning.
The researchers say that apigenin binds to estrogen receptors which affect the plasticity, development, function, and maturation of the nervous system.
Thus, it delays harmful diseases such as schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Reduces the risk of breast cancer
The vibrant and lush green parsley is used as a decorative accent to a hearty meal. But it has amazing healing properties. The researchers of the University of Missouri exposed rats with particular types of breast cancer to parsley. The apigenin delayed the growth of tumor formation, and also, there were lesser in number. How awesome?
When tumor cells develop in the breast in response to MPA, a synthetic hormone that accelerates breast tumor development, the tumors encourage new blood vessels, which supply them with nutrients and aids in their growth.
The cells multiply more quickly. The researchers found that apigenin blocked new blood cell formation. Thus reducing the development of tumors.
Add this delightful herb to your salads, gravies, and curries. Apart from its excellent flavor, it boosts your immunity levels.