If you’re only used to dried parsley, then you have been missing out on a plethora of benefits.
Parsley, often times only used as a table or food decorative item, but don’t be fooled, is highly nutritious and comes with major health benefits. An excellent source of vitamin K with 554%/ serving and 54% of vitamin C/serving. They contain two major components that are vital for a healthy life, volatile oil components — myristicin, limonen, eugenol, and alphathujene. The second type of component is flavonoids which include, apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol and luteolin.
Parsley’s volatile oils have been shown to inhibit tumor formation. It also neutralizes carcinogens such as benzopyrenes that comes from cigarettes and charcoal grills.
The flavonoids that are found in parsley acts as antioxidants that reacts effectively with oxygen-containing molecules that helps prevent damage to oxygen-based cells.
Vitamin C is the body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights harmful free radicles in all water-soluble areas of the body. Consuming foods with substantial amounts of vitamin C helps in preventing a wide variety of diseases such as colon cancer, diabetes and asthma.
These tiny leaves are packed with chlorophyll, vitamin C, B, A, folates and is the richest vitamin source of vitamin K, which is great for preventing blood clotting and maintaining proper bone health. It is also a great source for minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium and manganese. Parsley is an excellent blood purifier because of its high levels of chlorophyll which can be great for treating Anemia. Myristicin and aiopla, two healing compound found in parsley, helps increase the urine flow that will remove toxins that cause bladder, kidney and urinary infections. It also detoxifies the toxins from your body through urination. The folate that is found in parsley is an excellent nutrient for cardiovascular health. By converting dangerous homocysteine, an amino acid, into harmless molecules it helps protect blood vessels and reduces the risk of a heart attack. Surprisingly, parsley has a higher Vitamin C content than oranges. This makes parsley an excellent immune booster. Because of parsley’s high antioxidant properties it makes it an excellent source in fighting off free radicles, cancer causing compounds, as well as aiding in neutralizing carcinogens.
Adding parsley regularly to your diet will provide you a plethora of benefits such as controlling blood-cholesterol, offers protection from free radicles and cancers as well as provide excellent immune boosting benefits.