We often hear people talking about cholesterol and the influence that it can have on our body. We see people who follow a strict diet and living with a constant care of measuring their cholesterol level. What’s the deal with cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a polycyclic alcohol that bind fatty acids, making it a fat that is found in nearly all animal foods. He is transported through the blood in molecular associates with proteins (lipoproteins). Our body makes his own necessary cholesterol and does not require any dietary intake of this kind. Unhealthy food, stress, sedentary lifestyle and a high fat diet are causing hypercholesterolemia. If it’s left untreated, a high cholesterol level can lead to heart and brain diseases, that’s why if you deal with high cholesterol first thing you can do is go to the doctor. In addition to his prescription you can try a natural cure based on parsley.
Why you should try this? Often, parsley is underrated, although it has significant nutritional qualities. Parsley contains protein (20%), flavonoids (antioxidants), essential oils (responsible for its strong odor), calcium, phosphorus, manganese, inositol, sulfur, beta-carotene, and, in particular vitamin C. Parsley contains more vitamin C than lemon, orange and cabbage, to which are added vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, K and E. Most people do not know its benefits and often use it to decorate different kinds of dishes.
You can eat green parsley, daily, added in salads, soups, stews or in fresh fruit or vegetables juices. Due its composition, parsley it’s a very good stimulator of blood circulation and for a more effectively lowering of cholesterol level you should mix it with lemon juice. Another drinking recipe requires 1.5 liters of water, 3 medium parsley, 1 kilogram of lemon and a pinch of baking soda. First step is cleaning the lemons with baking soda and the put them in cold water for 30 minutes. Next, you have to boil the water and let it cool. After that, cut the lemons and the parsley and add them into water. If u want you can peel the lemon before cutting it, because it it going to come a mixing part in this recipe. The resulting beverage should be put in a closed glass recipe and let it sit in the refrigerator for one day. When the 24 hours are gone, put the beverage in the blender and mix it. Keep the beverage in the refrigerator and make sure you drink 100 ml of the juice each day, before eating.
For better results you should adopt a low-fat diet and avoid eggs (no more than three per week), butter, cream cheese, sour cream and cheese. Margarine, fried foods, fatty meat pork, cream and cream cakes are excluded from the diet. Also you should eat very rare salad dressings, chips, pastries and popcorn.
Consumption of parsley is contraindicated to pregnant and nursing women because the plant contains apiol (a natural estrogen) that stimulates uterine contractions and decreases lactation.