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Parsley more than kitchen herb

  1. Ordinary parsley is called the bright green, curled leaves that are sold as bunches at the greengrocer and supermarket. Is there anything more ordinary than some parsley. And yet this little plant also has a long history of medical use behind its green.

Used plant parts

  1. Fructus Petroselini - Parsley fruit Radix Petoselini - Parsley root Herba Petroselini - Parsley Herb

Important ingredients

  1. Fructus Petroselini

Parsley in use for menstrual complaints

  1. Parsley preparations have an antispasmodic and uterine irritant effect, mainly due to the presence of apiol and myristicin. More recently, substances such as apiine and petroside have also been found in the above-ground part of the parsley that can help explain the effect on menstrual complaints. Quote: Among these active herbs, the methanolic extract from the aerial parts of Petroselinum crispum (parsley) showed potent estrogenic activity, which was equal to that of isoflavone glycosides from soybean.

Parsley as a diuretic and slimming agent

  1. The diuretic properties of parsley are well known. Dodonaeus also mentioned that 'The roots of this Parsley in water are gods and the ghedroncken, which clogs the liver of the kidneys and of all the internal limbs, and causes that urine to be discharged / and the stone and that graveel rise and drain.']

Parsley also aids digestion

  1. Parsley preparations also have carminative and digestive properties. That too was already mentioned by Dodonaeus 'That ghemeyne Parsley with other food inghenomen es der maghen seer goet ende bequaem / ende consumes that food / ende maeckt lust ende greed to eat'. In this sense, the seeds have the same effect as anise, fennel and caraway, only these carminativa are safer with longer use, because unlike parsley they do not contain an apiol (irritant).

For further research

  1. Nielsen SE, Young JF, Daneshvar B, et al. Effect of parsley (Petroselinum crispum) intake on urinary apigenin excretion, blood antioxidant enzymes and biomarkers for oxidative stress in human subjects. [!Clinical Trial, Journal Article, Randomized Controlled Trial, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't] Br J Nutr 1999 Jun; 81 (6): 447-55. Hempel J, Pforte H, Raab B, et al. Flavonols and flavones of parsley cell suspension culture change the antioxidative capacity of plasma in rats. Nahrung 1999 Jun; 43 (3): 201-4. Ziyyat A, Legssyer A, Mekhfi H, et al. Phytotherapy of hypertension and diabetes in oriental Morocco. [!Journal Article] J Ethnopharmacol 1997 Sep; 58 (1): 45-54. Lagey K, Duinslaeger L, Vanderkelen A. Burns induced by plants. [!Case Reports, Journal Article] Burns 1995 Nov; 21 (7): 542-3. Yoshikawa M, Uemura T, Shimoda H, Kishi A, Kawahara Y, Matsuda H. Medicinal foodstuffs. XVIII. Phytoestrogens from the aerial part of Petroselinum crispum MIll. (Parsley) and structures of 6 "-acetylapiin and a new monoterpene glycoside, petroside. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 2000 Jul; 48 (7): 1039-44.

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