Parsley “chemoprotective” plant

The History of Parsley

                                   PARSLEY

The name “parsley” comes from two Greek words Petroselinum (petrose) meaning “rock.”, and the other is selenium, which is an ancient name for celery. Literally, parsley means “rock celery.”  Rock celery because it thrives on rocks and walls.  The ancient Greeks and Rome believed parsley was sacred and also evil, where death and victory run hand in hand. Warriors fed parsley leaves to their horses to give them strength. The Greeks placed it on winning athletes and also on the tombs of the dead.  Parsley was closely associated with death, perhaps due to its look-alike “fool’s parsley”, which is poisonous. It was scattered over graves during funerals and planted on those sites as well. The saying “De’eis thai selinon”, or “needs only parsley” was the equivalent of today’s “one foot in the grave”.

A lot of us think that parsley only acts as a garnish for food, making the plate look more presentable and attractive. Some people just toss the leaf away or push them to the side of the plate. Not a lot of people actually eat them along with their meals.

There are two main types of parsley plants used as herbs in recipes:

            1. Curly-leaf parsley also called French parsley
            2. Italian, or flat-leaf parsley

Flat-leaf Italian parsley is more closely related to the wild parsley species that was first grown in the Mediterranean. Compared to curly parsley, it also has a stronger flavor and is easier to grow.

Some people prefer the curly-leaf variety because of its decorative appearance when it’s used on top of recipes. Both types taste very similar to someone who is not extremely familiar with them, and both offer similar health benefits.

Parsley can provide much more than a decoration on your plate. Parsley was used medicinally prior to being consumed as a food in the Mediterranean for 2,000 years before it was used for food.


 

 

 

 

It contains a range of protective vitamins and flavonoid antioxidants that are responsible for many of the disease-fighting parsley benefits being researched today. These antioxidants include luteolin, apigenin, lycopene, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene.


PARSLEY SUPERSTARS

PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS

 

          Immune Booster

Vitamin C has many different functions.

  • Its powerful anti-inflammatory agent and its antioxidants help slow the aging process.
    • It perfectly helps to fight with edema, no matter where they occur: on the legs, face or in other places.
  • usefulness in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and needed for the healthy function of the immune system.
  • It may also be helpful in reducing the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Vitamin C improves iron absorption.
  • Vitamin C helps maintain a healthy gut environment, where much of the immune system is actually located

        1. Pass the leaves and roots of the plant through a meat grinder and add the seeds in a glass bowl.
        2. Pour boiling water and wait about 7 minutes. After that, tea can be filtered and drunk.
        3. It is advisable to drink a cup of tea every two hours.
        4. To improve the taste, you can add lemon and honey.

          Important antioxidant

Vitamin A ~ helps reduce the risk for the development and progression of conditions like atherosclerosis, diabetes, and colon cancer.

It is a nutrient so important to a strong immune system that its nickname is the “anti-infective vitamin.”

          Cancer prevention

  • Protecting your cells from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals
  • This herb is sometimes called a “chemoprotective” plant because it helps protect DNA from damage, stops cell mutation and helps induce apoptosis, or the death of harmful cells.
  • Folate is vitally important for cancer-prevention or inhibiting tumors due to high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds. It is therefore important for cancer-prevention areas of the body that contain rapidly dividing cells such as the colon and the cervix.
  • Apigenin has been found to
    1. …“inhibit the progestin-dependent synthesis of human breast cancer cells
    2. …significantly delaying the development of, and decreasing the incidence and multiplicity of mammary tumors,” according to research done in 2013 by the American Association of Cancer.
  • Myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene are powerful oil components that benefit the body’s immune system and help fight cancer neutralizing oxidative stress and fighting off carcinogens.

          Heart Health (B, K, C)

  • K Promotes strong capillaries and is used for the prevention of spider veins.
  • B Reduces blood vessel damage lowering the risk of stroke, heart attack, and atherosclerosis (thickening of artery walls).
  • K Just 10 sprigs improves bone health and improves calcium absorption.
  • K Proper blood clotting, which can help prevent excessive bleeding.
  • C Improves Heart Health
  • Carotenoids (A vitamins) contribute to lower rates of heart disease
  • B Folate is needed for heart health – it’s a vital B vitamin that plays a critical role in protecting your heart. Folate in order to convert homocysteine, a type of amino acid found in the blood. Homocysteine is a potentially troublesome molecule that can cause damage to blood vessels when uncontrolled, potentially leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Just two tablespoons (8 grams) of parsley deliver more vitamin K than you need in a day.
NOTE:  If you are taking blood-thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin),
it is important that you do not suddenly begin to eat more foods containing vitamin K, which plays a large role in blood clotting.

 

Improves Oral Hygiene

Parsley is chock full of chlorophyll, which has antibacterial properties. You have all probably seen a sprig of parsley as a garnish to decorate your plate or on a display of dishes in a restaurant. What you may not know is that eating it after a meal fights oral bacteria that causes bad breath.

          Digestive Health

  • Parsley works as a natural diuretic.
  • Improves digestion of proteins and fats
  • Parsley’s high enzyme content contributes to improving overall digestion, and the effective elimination of waste.
  • Parsley stimulates digestion and the kidneys and helps eliminate toxins and kidney stones. It relieves water retention, bloating, indigestion, and flatulence (preventing the formation of gas).
  • It increases urine flow to remove infection-causing bacteria from the urinary tract.

“Parsley is used for inflammation of the kidneys and bladder, gravel, stones, and urine retention.”

“Parsley is remarkable for its ability to expel watery poisons, excess mucoid matter, [even] flatulence, reducing swollen and enlarged glands.”

According to Dr. John Christopher of the Herbal Legacy Group

  • Acts as antiurolithiatic drug through decreasing urinary calcium excretion, increasing urinary pH, dieresis, decreasing urinary protein excretion, and via its nephroprotective activity.”
  • It helps your body flush out more toxins such as heavy metals

According to a 2002 review done at the American University of Beirut.

  • It prevents the formation of kidney stones, benefiting digestive health because it helps stimulate kidney production of urine and draws excess water out of the abdomen, where it can cause discomfort and indigestion.
  • Regular consumption of parsley also speeds up the process of uric acid removal. This is a symptom of arthritis.
  • Help relieve water retention
  • And eases bloating
  • Treats a number of gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders:
    1. including gas
    2. constipation
    3. bloating
    4. indigestion
    5. nausea
  • It helps increase bile production and beneficial gastric juices that are needed for proper enzyme functions involved in food and nutrient absorption.

        1. Use 30g (or 3 tablespoons full) of parsley leaves per 4 cups of boiling water.
        2. Let it steep for 10 minutes and sip before meals to prevent bloating, or after to relieve it.
NOTE:  Parsley can cause serious issues for those who already have kidney or gallbladder problems.

Wound Healing

An essential amino acid found in parsley is needed to repair damaged tissues. Parsley juice works wonders to speed up wound healing after surgery.

Soothes Irritated Skin:

Rub dried or fresh parsley leaves on irritated skin or insect bites to soothe skin irritation. When dealing with boils, boil parsley leaves in water and apply it on the affected areas for a few hours. It also helps to fade freckles and spots.

Protects Eye and Skin Health(A)

  • Carotenoid and beta-carotene boost eye health. These antioxidants protect the retina and cornea from damage as someone ages.
  • Helping prevent eye disorders like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Fights signs of aging on the skin.
  • Parsley benefits skin and dental health by fighting off infections and bacteria.
  • Protects eyes and skin from UV light damage, and may be able to help prevent skin cancer.

Bone Protecting (Ca, K, D, Mg)

  • maintaining bone density
  • fights bone breaks and fractures

Balance Hormones(B6)

  • for normalizing menstruation
  • treating amenorrhea (loss of menstrual cycle)
  • decreasing menstrual pain
  • important for fertility
  • prevents symptoms of PMS
  • prevents neural tube defects
  • important for a healthy pregnancy

Caution: Parsley is not recommended for pregnant women in large amounts, as it may cause uterine contractions, but used after delivery, it is said to tone the uterus.

Parsley Tea (uses 2 to 4 tablespoons of fresh parsley with 2 cups of water). This tea has been used in natural folk medicine as a remedy for treating gallstones, indigestion, kidney stones, constipation, and edema (bloating). Drinking ginger and parsley tea is also a great way to soothe nausea associated with pregnancy, stomach viruses, etc.

  1. Chop fresh parsley and tie up in cheesecloth. Place bundle in a teapot with lid
  2. Bring water to boil in a kettle or heavy saucepan
  3. Pour boiling water over cheesecloth bundle, cover and let steep for 10 minutes
  4. Warm 1 tablespoon honey for each cup of tea and serve while hot.
  5. It is advisable to drink a cup of tea every two hours.

Use 30g (or 3 tablespoons full) of parsley leaves per 4 cups of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and sip before meals to prevent bloating, or after to relieve it.


Many Christian groups also celebrate Passover. Christians tend to view the brilliant green parsley as symbolizing new life, the life they believe is promised by Jesus’ resurrection. Because of Parsley’s bitterness, it is done in remembrance of the enslaved Jews and the tears they shed.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  It shows your interest in health or at least your curiosity.  I am truly enjoying learning more about the powerful benefits of the Herbs and Spices we use in our kitchens.  If you enjoyed this post and learning about Parsley, please press the follow button, like it, and share how it helped you.  If you know someone who could be helped by this information please pass it on.  People are destroyed from a lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)  I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread the word so that more people can live their best life now free and to the fullest.


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A Double-Duty Herb (Cilantro)

CILANTRO

Cilantro is on the list as a double-duty herb because it not only beautifies your garden, as well as spicing up dishes to your health.  

Cilantro, or coriander, has been in use for thousands of years. Even though it is a “trendy” herb, it can be traced as far back as 5,000 B.C. The word coriander comes from koris, the Greek word for bedbug. It was so named because the unripened seeds, as well as the leaves, are said to smell like bedbugs. The early physicians, including Hippocrates, used coriander for its medicinal properties, including as an aromatic stimulant. The crushed seeds and leaves were often used in poultices and salves.

Cilantro seeds, also known as coriander, have even been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, like King Tut’s tomb. The ancient Israelites were also familiar with coriander. In the Old Testament Bible (Exodus 17:31) we read: “The house of Israel called the name therof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”  Ancient Greece used cilantro essential oil as a component of perfume.  In medieval times, the Romans used it to cover up the smell of rotten meat.  Today, Cilantro is best known for how well it detoxifies the human body from Toxic Metal Cleansing. It is packed with micronutrients (various types of chemicals that are found in trace amounts in the foods we eat, protecting our bodies from disease, slow the aging process, and help every system in our bodies work properly). Most people recognize “micronutrients” by common names like vitamins (that can be broken down by air, heat, and acid), minerals (inorganic substances that maintain their chemical structure), and antioxidants.  It also has antioxidants and other medicinal compounds that can have a huge impact on overall health.

Cilantro is one herb with fantastic flavor (at least for some) and a fantastic healer.  Here are some of its benefits:

1.  Cilantro may be able to help prevent cardiovascular damage.
2.  Cilantro In The School of Life Science in Tamil Nadu, India, the activity of cilantro leaves and stem used in cuisine would be a remedy for diabetes because of its ability to lower blood sugar.
3.  Cilantro has a rich and strong antioxidant activity.  The primary job of antioxidants is to protect your cells against oxidative stress neutralizing the effects caused by free radicals the primary cause of aging and other types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more.

Each antioxidant has its own specific characteristics and benefits, so getting the widest variety of antioxidants is very important.  In other words, eating a variety of the right foods can keep you young and disease-free longer both inside and outside.

4.  Cilantro may help improve sleep quality due to its natural sedative properties.

5.  Cilantro flushes the body of heavy metals We have a variety of toxic heavy metals (about 23 different types) all around us affecting our gastrointestinal, neurological, and respiratory systems, as well as other bodily functions, from the batteries in our storage drawer, to pesticides, to our technology that we use every day.  Amazingly, science has found that cilantro can remove much of the heavy metals from our bodies.  Douglas Schauer of Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette, Indiana, tested different plants for potential filtering properties.  They discovered cilantro to be the most powerful in removing lead from the water.  It may be an effective chelation therapy for people who have excess mercury in their systems.  It has been shown, after long-term use, to remove mercury from the tissue. There are very few herbs that can remove heavy metals from the body, and cilantro is one of them.
Cilantro is best used in conjunction with chlorella, another binding agent, because it, “mobilizes more toxins then it can carry out of the body. [using cilantro and chlorella] can naturally remove an average of 87% of lead, 91% of mercury, and 74% of aluminum from the body within 42 days, a study conducted by healthcare professionals at The Optimal Wellness Test Research Center in Nevada (not affiliated with Dr. Mercola’s Optimal Wellness Center in Ilinois).”(1)

Why cilantro plus chlorella together?

Because cilantro changes the electric charge on intracellular deposits of heavy metals to a neutral state, which relaxes their tight bond to body tissue, freeing them up to be flushed from the body.

Chlorella possesses the capacity to absorb heavy metals, before it is discharged, and to recover the bio-available fraction of the metal in the process. Chlorella eliminates heavy metals from the body – from the brain, intestinal wall, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and bone.(2)


6.  Cilantro is a good source of minerals like:
  • (potassium) crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmission. Each 100-g serving of raw cilantro leaves provides over 521 mg potassium.
  • (calcium) helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
  • (manganese) helps in bone development, wound healing, metabolism, helps the body form connective tissue, blood clotting
  • (Iron) helps prevent anemia by building up blood supplies.
  • (magnesium) synthesis of proteins, bone structure, helps cells communicate in many physiological processes
  • (sodium) Each 100-g serving of raw cilantro leaves provides only 46 mg sodium that helps lower LDL cholesterol and reduce hypertension by lowering blood pressure!
7.  Cilantro is rich in many vital vitamins: (3)
  • (Vitamin A) helps with macular degeneration, red eyes, and eye disorders.
  • (Vitamin B) It acts on calming the nerves, helping to relieve anxiety and reducing the harmful effects of stress.
  • (Vitamin C) helps fight off infections and urinary tract infections. The ancient Egyptians used coriander tea to treat ailments such as urinary tract infections and headaches.
  • (Vitamin K) plays the strongest role in bone health, and cilantro is one of the richest herbs in this vitamin. It provides about 258% of DRI (Dietary Reference Intakes). Vitamin-K has a potential role in bone mass building through the promotion of osteotrophic activity in the bones.
  • Niacin (B3) Helps improve cholesterol levels
  • Folate (B9) Critical for metabolism, normal nerve development, and proper brain function.
  • Riboflavin (B2) helps metabolize B6, B9, B3, and Iron and more.  If you suffer from migraines, B2 has been known to decrease their frequency. B2 breaks down macronutrients like proteins, fats, and carbs and converts these key nutrients into usable energy.

8.  Cilantro acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal agent:

  • for the skin and disorders like dermatitis and eczema.
  • improving oral health.
  • The antimicrobial substances in cilantro help prevent and cure smallpox too!

9.  Cilantro’s natural antibacterial properties may help protect against both food- and waterborne diseases, including food poisoning and dysentery.

10.  Natural Internal Deodorant

Chlorophyll in Cilantro is a great way to detox the body from the inside out. Flushing out toxins from the liver, kidney, and digestive tract helps remove excess bacteria from the body that would normally sweat out and accumulate in your armpits and feet. Bacteria dislike chlorophyll due to the high oxygen content.


Makerskit Mason Herb Garden Gift Set, Basil/Cilantro/Mint/Parsley Growing Cilantro From Seeds

Cilantro or coriander will grow in a great variety of locations and conditions in all zones. However, it does best in sunny locations on rich, well-composted patches that are well-drained.  It is better if you sow the seeds directly in a pot in which you want it to grow in because cilantro has a long taproot and it doesn’t transplant well. Sow seeds 1/4 inches deep. Keep the soil moist until the seedlings germinate. If you have grown them in the seed tray, once the plants have formed 2-3 leaves, plant them to their final location in a pot. Cilantro needs a pot that is deep and wide.(4)  

If you’re planting grocery store seeds, gently crush the seed husk before sowing as cilantro seeds are enclosed in a husk that you’ll need to crush to improve the germination rate. Cilantro can also be dried or frozen for long-term use. Freezing does retain more of the flavor, though dried cilantro is a bit more convenient to cook with.


You can add this delicious herb to smoothies, soups, stews, guacamole, salads, and yummy ethnic dishes.  Here are a couple of recipes to try:


CILANTRO LIME SALAD DRESSING (for Blood Types O and A)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey (substitute 1/4 cup of agave for type O non-secretors)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • jalapenos (optional for blood type O)
  • avocado (optional for blood type A and type O non-secretors)

Directions:

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 to 40 seconds.


AVOCADO CILANTRO CREAM

Prep Time:  3 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
Avocado Cilantro Cream – Easy to make tangy dipping sauce for tacos and other Mexican goodies. Avocado, Cilantro, Lime and Sour Cream are blended together.
Course: Appetizer
Servings4
By: Living Sweet Moments(5)
Ingredients
  • 2 Avocados ripe
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 Cup of Sour Cream (*My thought not the authors is to replace sour cream with avocado)
  • 1/4 Cup of Cilantro stemmed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Jalapeno minced (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender
  2. Pulse until the sauce becomes creamy. Check for seasoning and correct if needed
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Cilantro PestoCilantro Pesto Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups, packed, of cilantro, including stems
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped and seeded serrano chile (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Toast the almonds: Heat a small skillet on high heat. When the pan is hot, add the blanched almonds in a single layer. Stir with a wooden spoon. When the almonds are fragrant and start to brown, remove them from the pan.

2 In a food processor, pulse the cilantro, almonds, onion, chile, and salt until well blended.

3 Slowly add the oil: With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream.

Add more oil as needed for your use.

Whatever you don’t use, you can freeze. Line a ice cube tray with plastic wrap and fill in the individual cube spaces with the pesto. Freeze and remove from the ice tray, put in a sealed freezer bag for future use.(6)


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Broccoli

November, 2014, LWC DeRoos Drumbeat

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 7.54.03 PMBroccoli

One of the good mood foods is broccoli which has stress-relieving vitamin B6. It also contains folic acid which is important in fighting depression.  These little trees also have 2 days’ worth of vitamins C and K in each serving.

1. Cancer prevention: Broccoli has cancer fighting, immune boosting properties. A combination of anti-flammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties, work together in cancer prevention.  Research is strongest showing a decrease in prostate cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer and ovarian cancer.

2. Cholesterol reduction: Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.

3. Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Known to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body.  Broccoli has a phytonutrient (flavonol) called Kaempferol, helps lessen allergy-related substances. Broccoli has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as an anti-inflammatory.

4. Powerful antioxidant: Of all the cruciferous (cross bearing) vegetables, flowering vegetables with four equal petals arranged crosswise, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids (colorful pigment chemicals) necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively.

5. Bone health: Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

6.  Heart health: The anti-inflammatory properties may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.

7. Diet aid: Broccoli is a good carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.

8. Detoxification means cleaning the blood.  Thorough chewing of raw Broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables increases metabolism, protects against oxidative stress, neuroinflmmation, and cell death, which may benefit neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease.  Isothiocyanates helps to enhance the removal of dangerous toxins that threaten our cells.

Extra information:  The compounds glucosinolate (secondary metabolites necessary for metabolism) contact with plant myrosinase (an enzyme) and increases the amount of isothiocyanates (compounds against oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and cell death) when absorbed.

9. Alkalizing– a healthy alkaline balance where our bodies internal fluids affect every cell in our bodies.  Germs are less likely to get a foothold and cause problems with yeast, fungus, and molds.

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.