For many centuries, the parsley infusion It has been used both for all the vitamins that it is able to give to the body, (A, C, K, potassium, iron and fiber among others), as well as for the different properties and benefits that it can bring to the day to day of each person. In addition to having a delicious taste, it is good for health.
This aromatic herb, capable of growing practically anywhere and in any environment, is very easy to find in today’s society. Thus, everyone can take advantage of its benefits.
Surely you will know it for the gastronomic use that is given. Having almost no fat or calories, it is increasingly implemented in more meals. 100 grams of parsley provide the body with 36 grams of calories, 1 gram of fat and 4.6 grams of carbohydrates.
In general, the regular consumption of this type of aromatic herb generates benefits for the body much higher than the cost of preparation or the effort of taking them. They are practical and comfortable to prepare and we get a great report of minerals and vitamins.
This, added to your medicinal power for regulate blood pressure and its satiating power, makes us consume less protein and fat and helps us lose weight indirectly.
Growing parsley in the orchard
The parsley it’s a wild card in the kitchen. It can be used for many dishes and not necessarily cooked. Its scientific name is Petroselinum crispum and belongs to the apiaceae family.
In many areas of Spain it is common that when buying fish they give you a bunch of parsley, although we realize its real value when we see a moderately high price in the supermarket (such as Mercadona, Eroski or Carrefour) for a few stems.
Its use is not necessarily linked to the consumption of fish and all its recipes. There are many more dishes, such as stews, where they include this plant and, as we will see below, also through the infusion of parsley.
List of benefits and properties of parsley
Many of the properties and benefits of parsley infusion come from its high concentration of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Nutritional composition for 100 grams
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Its potassium content is very high. These 100 grams of parsley provide 40% of the daily needs of this mineral element.
The same goes for iron, which is required in low amounts. Whether through parsley infusion or fresh consumption, those 100 grams account for 45% of the daily needs of this microelement.
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|Vitamin A||0.86 mg||96,4%|
|Vitamin B1||0.14 mg||11,8%|
|Vitamin B2||0.3 mg||23,0%|
|Vitamin B3||2.5 mg||15,5%|
|Vitamin C||161 mg||179%|
Its composition is perfect for those who have for goal slims downr because it represents a high protein and fiber content with a low percentage of fats.
Properties of parsley tea
1. Perfect for the body
In addition to being a culinary and aromatic herb, it is scientifically proven that parsley infusions can help control weight. It is a digestive capable of stimulating appetite and improving the functions of the stomach system. Also helps eliminate gases due to its mild laxative effect.
It is effective against edema, fluid retention, and intestinal and carminative transit.
As if all this were not enough, it also purifies the liver, makes cholesterol not accumulate and is able to eliminate negative toxins for the body and detoxify it.
Its antioxidant effect makes the body more protected against external factors, while strengthening it.
Patients with heart conditions have been shown to improve thanks to the anticoagulant properties of parsley.
2. Benefits gut health
By providing the body with its digestive qualities, makes intestinal transit more natural and helps maintain health if consumed on a regular basis (without abuse).
In case you suffer from a urinary tract infection and / or kidney failure, thanks to your ability to make the kidneys purify, are a very good natural idea to keep in mind.
Of course, in the event that your body is prone to form kidney stones, we do not recommend taking parsley due to its oxalic acid content, which can help the body form stones.
3. Infusion of parsley to lose weight
Besides drink parsley infusion, it is very good to add a little to your meals if you want lose weight or, at least, control your weight. In addition to giving it a softer aroma, you can say goodbye to the excess lipids that the body has accumulated.
Why does this happen? Due to one of the most powerful antioxidants known today, the Beta carotene. Thus, the organism will be more protected against the different external threats that may appear every day.
The infusion of parsley to lose weight can be drunk at any time of the day, especially advisable to consume it before or during the main meals.
4. Anti-inflammatory properties of parsley
Any food that has vitamin C among its properties (as in the case of parsley), contains properties that protect the body from different inflammatory diseases, such as polyarthritis.
If you already suffer from these joint inflammations, you should consider adding parsley to your diet, or increasing its consumption a little.
5. Goodbye to tiredness
Surely a family member and / or close friend suffers from tiredness and chronic fatigue, this problem may even affect you. The truth is that, at present, it is quite common to find.
It makes it necessary to get more and more sleep and impossible to concentrate on the work you are doing.
Parsley infusions contain different minerals such as phosphorus and iron, which provide your body with the necessary means to combat this fatigue.
6. Improves circulation
Thanks to the properties of potassium containing parsley, s able to make the body enjoy a better blood circulation, thus preventing the organs from suffering from any infection by being continuously supplied with the necessary nutrients.
In case you suffer from hypertension, you should know that you also have to know that regulates blood pressure.
Looking for this benefit, findBouquets other infusions that can be combined with parsley to potential cardiovascular effect, as with pennyroyal mint infusion.
7. Reduce fluid retention with parsley infusion
Do you want to eliminate fluid retention with parsley infusion? Pay attention to this recipe. This property of the plant can also help us lose weight and improve our health with greater fluid elimination.
Infusions of parsley or general consumption of the herb can especially benefit women with menopausal symptoms, as there is a tendency to increase fluid accumulation and retention.
3. Blood sugar control
The properties of parsley have also been investigated to verify its incidence in the regulation of jujube in the blood and the possibilities it offers against diabetes.
A high blood sugar level can cause a multitude of health complications, such as heart disease, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, etc.
Initial scientific studies carried out in animals have obtained satisfactory results in the reduction of this blood sugar, thanks to the properties of parsley in terms of the volume of antioxidants. [See study]
Initially, such studies have been obtained in rats with type 1 diabetes, which was injected with parsley extract. Most of them experienced improvements in blood sugar balance, thanks to increased activity of the pancreas compared to control. [See study]
How to prepare parsley tea
It doesn’t matter if you prefer to get fresh herbs or buy tea bags at an herbalist. Prepare an infusion of parsley it is a very simple task, you just have to follow these steps:
- Fill a pot with water and bring it to the boiling point.
- In a normal cup, place a few sprigs of parsley and pour the water. Let it sit for no more than five minutes and serve in a cup. The objective of this is that it is not too bitter when consumed.
- Before ingesting it, you must use the help of a strainer to remove the leaves from the cup.
- Enjoy this fantastic drink.
You can combine this drink with a multitude of infusions to enhance its medicinal effect and change the flavor, if you do not find parsley so pleasant. For example, it can be combined with the infusion of ginger and lemon.
Use of dried parsley
Dry parsley is a more comfortable alternative for use, since its shelf life is greatly extended. However, it is not comparable the load of vitamins and natural extracts that can contain the fresh versus the dry or that we can obtain with parsley tea.
As for the load of minerals, it is practically the same, since they do not suffer any degradation process and are preserved in a solid state.
Supplements you can use to prepare parsley in infusion
Although we personally love the smell and taste of fresh parsley, for those who are not so related to introducing it into their diet, you can also combine the infusion of parsley with other options that manage to alter the flavor and give it an added value.
You can choose from many options of parsley tea, although we leave you some in case our imagination gets stuck.
Infusion of parsley and cilantro
Cilantro gives it a taste quite similar to parsley, but increases the number of vitamins available.
infusion of parsley and cinnamon
Although it seems a somewhat strange combination, the sweetness of cinnamon can combine very well with the acidity of parsley and you will enjoy the benefits of cinnamon.
infusion of parsley and lemon
A classic. The rind of the lemon is usually used during cooking. It reduces the intensity of parsley and those citrus aromas further improve digestion when we take the parsley infusion after heavy meals.
infusion of ginger and parsley
Ginger is used in combination in many infusions. Good for its flavor, somewhat spicy and very deep, and also for its contributory capacity to medicinal benefits.
Contraindications to parsley infusion
Although in general no serious contraindications have been associated, it is always important to take into account all the active ingredients to evaluate the maximum amount that our body admits.
In case you are not sure if you can tomar infusion of parsley without problems or you are treating yourself with some medication, it is advisable that you ask your doctor bedside to be sure it doesn’t interfere with your medication.
If you are pregnant it is not advisable to consume it. It can reach cause an abortion if ingested in large quantities.