Parsley (Carum petroselinum)
| Parsley contains a
high concentration of vitamin C, iron and is a good source of manganese. It also
contains calcium and is a great source of potassium.|
The benefits these vitamins
and minerals have on your skin is well know. Vitamin C is a powerful
anti-oxidant and in conjunction with protein, is necessary for the production of
collagen - the glue that holds us and our skin together and circumvents sags or
wrinkles. It regulates sebaceous glands to keep skin from drying out; helps
prevent facial lines, wrinkles and spider veins.
Vitamin C is essential for
the health of the hair, eyes and teeth, resistance to infection, healing of
wounds and firm skin tissues. Vitamin C is believed to aid skin cells in
repairing and reproducing themselves. It is also thought to stimulate production
of collagen, enhancing skin smoothness and elasticity. This vitamin is excellent
for skin showing signs of ageing.
Iron is essential for healthy
nails, skin colour, and hair growth, while Manganese helps to maintain healthy
hair. Manganese activates one or more enzymes in fatty acid synthesis; it also
activates the enzymes responsible for DNA and RNA production.
Calcium and Phosphorus work
together for healthy teeth, hair, nails and bones. Calcium helps clear blemished
skin and revitalises lifeless, tired-looking skin.
Together these vitamins and
minerals which are contained in Parsleyhave a powerful health benefit on your
skin, hair and overall health.
Medicinal Actions and Uses of
The use of Parsley is not
restricted to culinary applications. Sure, parsley is a common ingredient in
sauces, soups, rissoles, mince and salads, etc., however, parsley also has
Herbalists may choose to use
parsley in their treatment approach to dysmenorrhoea, amenorrhoea, as a
diuretic, anti-flatulent and/or to stimulate appetite.
Other constituents found in
Parsley The essential oil comprising apiol, apiolin, myristicin, pinene. In
addition to the ingredients listed earlier, parsley also contains flavonoids, a
glucoside, apiin, and pro-vitamin A.
Disclaimer: The information presented
herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not
been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or
prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements,
it is always advisable to consult with your own health care