The delicious and vibrant taste and wonderful healing properties of parsley are often ignored in its popular role as a table garnish. This herb is quite low in calories but very high in nutrition and antioxidants which contribute to losing weight.
Part of that weight loss might be because parsley is also a powerful natural diuretic that helps the body eliminate excess water, which helps people look trimmer around the middle. Here are some tips how to prepare parsley tea and how to use it
Parsley is a natural cure very rich in vitamins that support the health of the entire endocrine system including vitamins A, E and C. These vitamins improve the eyesight, make your hair look more healthy and shiny, improve brain function and boost the immune system.
Parsley has high content of copper which is important for the health of teeth and bones. Other minerals contained in parsley are: iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese. The role of these minerals is to build strong bones and teeth, control body fluids inside and outside cells and improve blood function and renewal.
One cup of chopped fresh parsley contains 984 μg vitamin K, state the experts from the medicine portal Medical News Today. Below you can see the quantity of other nutritious ingredients in one cup of parsley:
- 1.78 g protein
- 0.47 g fat
- 3.8 g carbohydrates
- 0.51 g sugar
- 2 g fibre
- 79.8 μg vitamin C
- 5,054 international unit (IU) vitamin A
Parsley Tea Health Benefits
Parsley has multiple uses in traditional medicine:
- solves the problem with bad breath
- iron-rich parsley is recommended for treating anaemia
- relieves aches and pain of menstrual cramps, and also regulates irregular menstrual cycle
- lowers cholesterol and improves circulation
- improves blood flow and lowers high blood pressure
- effective against rheumatoid arthritis
- eliminates viruses, infections and inflammation
- acts like anti-oxidant
- helps the recovery after birth
Parsley tea is especially recommended for weight loss due to the high content of vitamins and minerals having health benefits and boosting the immune system.
Parsley tea is a digestive aid that relieves flatulence and helps your entire system digest food more effectively, which aids nutrient absorption.
How To Make Parsley Tea
- 2 cups of dried parsley or 1 spoon of chopped fresh parsley
- 250 ml hot water
Pour the hot water in a cup filled with parsley and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Add some lemon and honey for sweeter taste.
Parsley Tea – Consumption
It is recommended to drink 2 to 4 cups of parsley tea a day, and the results will be visible within 1-2 weeks. Drink the last cup of tea 5 hours before going to sleep.
Make a pause of 20 days after regular daily consummation of parsley tea for three weeks.
Consult your doctor before using this tea for health purposes.
Parsley Tea – Potential Side Effects
Parsley tea should not be frequently consumed during pregnancy. However, pregnant women can still use parsley as a spice in meals. You may experience headache if you drink this tea for the very first time. Some experts say that excessive consummation of parsley tea can be harmful to the kidneys. These are some of the reasons why we should use caution with herbal supplements such as parsley.