Impressive health benefits of Parsley

We all hear about the benefits of the herb ‘parsley’. The word parsley comes from two Latin words, ‘petros’ and ‘selinon’ means ‘shake’ and ‘celery’ individually. Dioscorides, a Greek physician of the early Roman Empire, is said to have given the plant its name, “Petroselinum crispum.”

Parsleys are more than just a garnish

Parsley is primarily a herb that is very aromatic, vibrant and delicious to taste with magnificent health properties. parsley leaves has not traditionally been widely used in India, but has only recently become popular in urban areas due to its global influence. Parsley is inhabited as far as the South Mediterranean Region Europe. Parsley has been farmed for more than 2,000 years. It was first utilized as a medicine before being consumed as a food. Parsley is one of the most common nutritious culinary herbs used in the kitchen, Since it contains a good amount of folic acid, one of the most important B vitamins, as well as a lot of vitamin A, C, and K. It also contains a lot of iron and folate.  Parsley is rich in potassium, contains 466 mg of potassium.

Aside from its many nutritional attributes, this herb has also been found to be beneficial for diabetic people. The young Indian population are at a high risk of the increasing burden of diabetes and its associated complications. The growing prevalence of diabetes stems from a combination of factors like rapid urbanization, sedentary lifestyles, and central obesity.

Parsley has been used for a long time as one of the medicinal herbs to cure diabetes in Turkey and now  in the whole world

Glycemic Index of Parsley is low (32). Several research studies have been done so far to know more about the effectiveness of parsley leaves in curing diabetes. A review conducted demonstrated proof that diabetic rats that were fed parsley really showed a diminishing trend in their sugar levels over a one-month period.

Antidiabetic functions of parsley

Antidiabetic functions of parsley are considered may be  due to its rich content of terpenoids, flavonoid glycosides, coumarins or otherwise due to the presence of ascorbic acid. Parsley contains a flavonoid called  myricetin, which can reduce glucose levels by reducing insulin obstruction.

However, there is limited research on this subject, and more research is indeed needed to confirm its anti-diabetes properties.

Another parsley health benefit is to treat  diabetic complications. Diabetic nephropathy  is a common complication of uncontrolled diabetes , that can lead to glomerulosclerosis, fibrosis, and infiltration of inflammatory cells of renal tissue. Presence of apigenin , a flavone  in parsley , reduces oxidative stress and fibrosis of the kidney and helps to alleviate diabetic nephropathy.

But anyone can use a lot of parsley in their dish because it is a strong source of vitamins and other nutrients providing lots of benefits. Other nutritional values of parsley are:

Parsley leaves
  • Rich Source of Antioxidants like luteolin, apigenin, lycopene, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene which protects the cells from damage.
  • Control Weight  as 1 cup of parsley contains only 72 calories and 1.14g of total fat,, which implies that this nutritious herb can be included in many dishes without any extra calories or fats
  • Reduce Water Retention – Parsley ‘s diuretic properties help to alleviate swelling or edema as it expels overabundant water from the body and scrub the kidneys and livers
  • Apigenin, a flavone in parsley has anticancer properties that keeps the movement of malignant growth and stops tumor development
  • Promote eyesight as parsley is rich in three carotenoids, namely, lutein, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin which is beneficial for good eyesight
  • Maintain bone health as it is rich in nutrients B-complex, C, and K, and calcium which can help in support bone health
  • Parsley helps in detoxification due to the presence of rich nutrients and powerful flavonoids • Aid kidney health by fighting inflammation and controlling high blood pressure. But for the kidney failure patients , parsley leaves have to be incorporated in diet very cautiously as it is in rich potassium that can lead to hyperkalemia.
Parsley nutritional content

Parsley can also help to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney stones (nephrolithiasis), gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, constipation, jaundice, intestinal gas (flatulence) , aneamia .

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Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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