When you eat in a diner or any other place that serves food with a garnish of parsley, health benefits available in that greenery should make you decide to pop that decoration right into your mouth. While there are more than three positive reasons to consume this often ignored garnish, its digestive, diuretic, and congestion relief properties are worth noting.
Our digestive systems are as amazing as they are complex. The benefits that parsley brings to the digestive system is the enzymes it contains. Enzymes which help break down and release the nutrients from the foods we eat, whether it’s from fats, proteins or carbohydrates. By providing the enzymes, our digestive systems can focus on improved digestion of fats and proteins especially, and doesn’t have to produce the enzymes on its own.
When our digestive systems are forced to produce their own enzymes for digestion, this is when we can see occurrences of gas, bloating and even difficulty with elimination or diarrhea as side effects. The enzymes that parsley brings to our diet can help reduce and/or eliminate these negative side effects. It is also a carminative, which means it increases both oxygen and blood in the digestive track.
Another way parsley helps with bloating is by being a diuretic. This is beneficial to the kidneys and the elimination of toxins. It soothes the liver as well as flushes the kidneys, and helps relieve muscle spasms, as a result, it can help with problems that some people have, women especially, with a spastic bladder. Since diuretics are commonly used to treat high blood pressure and other heart related problems of like kind, this means parsley can play a role in improved heart health as a side effect.
If you happen to have a cold or allergies while you’re making yourself some parsley tea to improve your digestion and act as a diuretic, you might also find that your congestion will improve. Parsley inhibits the production and release of histamines in the body, which can help reduce the symptoms of some colds and allergies. Histamines are what cause sneezing and runny and/or stopped up noses with both colds and allergies.
These parsley health benefits should come to mind the next time you find your plate adorned with this green decoration. Pop it into your mouth at the end of your meal, just like grandma did, and may have told you to do. Not only will you be helping to improve the digestion of the meal you just ate, you will be improving your breath too, especially if you just had garlic.