The Healing Powers of Garlic and Parsley

Both garlic and parsley have been cultivated for thousands of years. Many of the world’s oldest civilizations- from the Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Native Americans, Chinese and Indians- performed medicinal miracles using garlic, while parsley was used as an antidote against poisons. Today we most often enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts as flavoring for all our worldly cuisines. Read on if you’re curious about the benefits of garlic and parsley and how you can consume it today! 

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Garlic Benefits

Native to the Middle Eastern and Central Asian regions, this powerful plant has a slew of health benefits. 

 1. Boosts Immunity

Garlic supplements help prevent and reduce the severity of the common cold and flu. One 12-week study found that a daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63% compared to a placebo (1).  

Another study found the amount of days sick with the cold or flu was reduced by 71% after taking garlic extract (2).  

 2. Reduces Blood Pressure

Several studies show that taking a garlic supplement significantly reduces high blood pressure (3, 4). 

 3. Promotes Heart Health

Garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol levels in those with high cholesterol, which may protect your heart (5).  

Additional Garlic Benefits

4. Acts as a Natural Antibiotic

Garlic has significant antibacterial properties that help protect us from infections, which can be particularly important for strains resistant to antibiotics.  

 5. May Improve Athletic Performance

Garlic was one of the first performance enhancing substances and was used by Olympic athletes in Ancient Greece. One study suggests how garlic can reduce exercise-induced fatigue (6).  

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Parsley Benefits

Native to the central and eastern Mediterranean region, we have many reasons to consider living in harmony with this tasty and nutritional herb. 

1. Fights Inflammation

Parsley is high in antioxidants like vitamin C, A, and E, which helps soothe inflammation. This may be important for those who have arthritis, which is an inflammation of the joints. 

 2. Strengthens Bones

Ten sprigs of parsley are enough to reach your daily dose of Vitamin K. Vitamin K helps make the protein for bones and blood clotting, which then helps protect against bone fractures.  

 3. Helps with Digestion

Parsley contains compounds that enable the expulsion of gas from the body. This can help aid in digestion and reduce bloating. 

 4. Helps with Bladder Infections

Parsley contains chemicals that cause muscle contraction in the intestine, bladder, and uterus. This is why homeopathic practitioners use parsley to treat urinary tract infections, kidney and bladder stones, and menstrual cramps. 

Additional Parsley Benefits

5. Prevents Lines and Wrinkles

Parsley is high in vitamin C, which makes collagen. Collagen is what gives skin its structure and strength, so eating parsley can help your complexion. 

 6. Protects your Eyes

Parsley is a source of plant-based vitamin A, which is priority for eye health. 

 7. Promotes Heart Health

This nutrient-dense herb is a good source of the B vitamin folate, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. 

How to Consume Garlic and Parsley

Many of the studies on garlic are based off a high consumption of garlic cloves. Also, if you want to get the most out of garlic’s benefits you may need to nibble on it raw, which isn’t the easiest task for all of us. And most of us when we eat parsley, we sprinkle small amounts as a garnish or add it in to salads. Therefore, if any of the benefits on this list speak to you and you are interested in consuming higher amounts of garlic or parsley, it’s super easy to take it in supplement form.

What Makes Izee Native Unique

Izee Native combines what is equivalent to one full gram of fresh garlic, 200 milligrams of fresh parsley, and 56 mcg of chlorophyll (what makes plants green). Both the parsley and chlorophyll help freshen your breath, not to mention chlorophyll is full of other benefits such as activating the immune system, preventing cancer, improving the quality of red blood cells, and eliminating fungus in the body.

Plus the extract in the supplement is odorless. So you don’t have to worry about that stupid cliche of smelly breath or being self-conscious when you’re taking on the world. 

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