Most of you probably knows and had seen a parsley which are often used as garnish in many kinds of cuisines. But, what you may not know is that it has more beneficial function (especially for health) than just used to decorate your cooking. Parsley has a Latin name Petroselinum crispum. This plant has many benefits for the human body, and one of its benefits is that parsley can help fight breast cancer.
What is breast cancer?
Before getting to know how parsley is effective to treat breast cancer, we should first take a brief look on what breast cancer really is. Breast cancer is of course a type of cancer. It is known to come from the breast tissue.
How can a women know that they are attacked by breast cancer? What are the signs of symptoms of this disease? Well, the answer to those questions are actually quite simple. The first thing to do if you want to know whether your breast are healthy or not is by doing a self inspection. Try rubbing your breast to feel if there are any lumps, or unusual bumps that feels different from the other areas of the breast. Not only on the breast alone, but lumps found in lymph nodes located in the armpits can also indicate the disease.
Most cases of breast cancer indeed is suffered by women, but this does not mean that breast cancer can not attack men. There are actually many ways to prevent breast cancer and one of them is losing weight.
Apigenin to fight breast cancer
Based on a research done by a team of researchers from the University of Missouri, it was known that in parsley and celery there are levels of a substance called apigenin. Apigenin can actually be found in many plants. It may contribute to the chemopreventive action of vegetables and fruits. These substance are known to be quite effective to fight breast cancer and some types of tumors that are associated with the progestin hormone. Progestins is most common used for hormonal contraception , and to prevent endometrial hyperplasia from unopposed estrogen in hormone replacement therapy. Progestins are also used to treat secondary amenorrhea, dysfunctional uterine bleeding and endometriosis, and as palliative treatment of endometrial cancer, renal cell carcinoma, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
“We know that apigenin slows the progression of breast cancer cells in three ways: by inducing cell death, inhibiting cell proliferation, and by decreasing the reaction of genes associated with cancer growth,” said Salman Hyder, who was one of the study researcher, according to a report in the Huffington Post.
Salman, who is a professor of biomedical, added that during tests that were conducted on rats, it was known that apigenin intake triggers constriction of blood vessels that serve to feed the cancer cells.
“When the vessel is smaller, it means that the flow of nutrients is limited. It also will automatically block the spread of tumor and cancer cells,” said the researchers who published their study in the ‘Hormones and Cancer’ journal.
Various Medicinal Plants in the World
According to a nutritionist from the ‘American Naturopathic Medical Association’, Dr. Denice Moffat, there are actually seven plants that are known to be efficacious to be used as alternative medicine in the world, and one of them is parsley. Besides parsley other plants that are known to give benefits for the human health are ginger, oregano, cinnamon, saffron, sage, and chili powder.
Parsley itself are known to be rich in nutrients. Besides that, they also have high levels of iron, it also contains calcium, protein, folic acid, betakarotin, chlorophyll, antioxidant agents, antibacterial agents, and even vitamins A, B12, and C.
The health benefits of parsley is not only to fight cancer, but there it is known to be beneficial to treat a variety of other complaints such as anemia, digestive disorders, liver disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney, lung, female hormonal or menstrual disturbances, visual disturbances, cough, fever, and able to get rid of bad breath. Parsley are also known as one of the plant that could treat bladder infection.
There many ways you can consume parsley, you could try by mixing it directly into a meal dish or fruit juice. For medical therapy, the plant could be a boil. However, it is advisable not to consume too much parsley because its oil content is toxic. Pregnant and nursing women also should not eat them.Tagged with: Breast Cancer, parceley benefit, parsley, parsley breast cancer, parsley cancer, parsley fight cancer,