Powerful antioxidant, contains beta carotene and vitamin C, helps in the prevention of cancer and heart problems. It is diuretic, ideal with dieting, it facilitates the removal of liquids. It is depurative and collaborates in removing fat. Natural Aphrodisiac.
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It was very appreciated by the Romans, who gave it to the gladiators before fighting. Today, it is still considerably more than a condiment. Native to eastern Mediterranean and cultivated in almost everyone. Herbaceous, biennial, of the family of Umbelliferae, reaching 20 to 80 cms. tall. Its stem is fluted, and its flowers are yellow or green. Parsley, a very useful condiment, is rich in easily absorbed various nutrients, such as vitamin C and phytoestrogens, making it an effective supplement, especially during menopause. Contains apiína (same glycoside found in celery) and flavonoids, which give diuretic, essential oil, rich in myristicin apiol and that gives emenagogas properties (stimulates menstruation), vasodilator and tonic. It also contains vitamins A, G and E (tocopherol) in abundance, as well as phosphorus, iron, calcium and sulfur. The root is used in medicine to treat rheumatic problems and urinary system. Parsley root is often used with other remedies urinary antiseptic, relieves urinary system disorders such as mild cistis urethritis. Traditionally it has been used to prevent and treat kidney stones and is thought to help eliminate toxins that increase kidney pain and muscle stiffness. Parsley leaves are slightly estrogenic and are a nutritional supplement that can be taken during menopause. Its relatively high boron content makes it an effective natural supplement to prevent osteoporosis. Parsley has deodorizing properties, and the leaves are chewed to treat bad breath and refresh. The root has a tonic activity on digestion and relieves indigestion, gas and bloating. Parsley, prized by stimulate menstrual flow, in adequate doses may help to have regular menstruation and relieve menstrual cramps. It is believed that stops the production of breast milk, so it is best avoided during lactation. The root relieves arthritic symptoms.
Indicated in edema (fluid retention) and cellulitis. Heart failure. Urine scanty, mild degrees of renal impairment. Loss of appetite, anemia. Convalescence, physical exhaustion: in these cases is recommended mainly root. Dysmenorrhea (irregular menses, scanty or painful), used for treatment especially fruits. Stinging insects (wasps, spiders, etc ...), applying a poultice of fresh leaves on the skin. Relieves pain and reduces the inflammatory reaction of the sting. In leaf tea (30 grams per liter) of chopped roots (15 grams per liter), or nut (2-5 grams per liter) cup is taken before each of the three daily meals. The juice of the fresh plant, ingesting 2-3 tablespoons before each meal. Externally, a poultice of crushed fresh leaves, to form a paste that is applied to the affected area.
Precaution, pregnant women should avoid eating parsley abundantly, by having some effect oxytocic (contract the uterus), which may predispose to abortion.
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