Parsley boasts highly active volatile components such as myristicin
, apiol, eugenol, and more.
Parsley also contains the phytochemical myristicin
, which studies have shown to inhibit tumor formation, particularly in the lungs.
The toxicity is caused by a chemical in the seeds, myristicin
, which has anticholinergic properties.
The main components were y-terpinene, myristicin
, thymol, p-cymene and carvacrol .
Ground nutmeg, which contains myristicin
which is a hallucinogenic, like LSD, has been snorted, smoked and eaten in large quantities to produce a marijuana-like high.
1 NUTMEG contains many essential volatile oils like myristicin
, elemicin and safrole, which give a sweet aromatic flavour to nutmeg.
Its strongly aromatic and peppery leaves taste similar to that of the Maori kava (Macropiper excelsum), suggesting it probably has myristicin
in its essential oil (Flora of Australia 1994).
For example, Drosophila bioassays of parsnips unexpectedly revealed a new botanical insecticidal and synergistic natural product identified as myristicin
(Lichtenstein and Casida 1963) that is related to dill apiole and parsley apiole, which were later recognized as acting the same way (de Almeida et al.
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An analogy exists with nutmeg, from Myristica fragrans Houttuyn, which is used as a psychoactive drug and contains a number of aromatic ethers in the essential oil fraction, most notably myristicin
(3-methoxy-4,5-methylenedioxysubstituted) and elemicin (3,4,5-trimethoxysubstituted).
Co-active ingredients of parsley herb include essential oil with apiol and myristicin
, flavonoids and polyines.
Cayenne * Capsaicin lowers levels of acidic glycoproteins which precede inflammation, affects pain transmission * Clove * COX-2 inhibition * Nutmeg * Myristicin
inhibits TNF- [alpha] release in animal studies Herbs containing * Feverfew * Prostaglandin antiinflammatory inhibition chemical components * Boswellia * Inhibition of both lipooxygenase and cyclooxygenase pathways (a) PGE, prostaglandin E; COX cyclooxygenase; TNF, tumor necrosis factor.