Benefits of ParsleyYum
Did you know that parsley contains the substance called chlorophyll….which has been shown to detoxify, purify and rejuvenate your bod?. It counters toxins and apparently deactivates a number of carcinogens. The nutrients contained in parsley have the ability to build strong blood, renew tissues and act as an anti-inflammatory. There are many extraordinary benefits of parsley.
According to the National Cancer Institute – it has been found that umbelliferous vegetables, which includes parsley, are among about a dozen super foods with the highest anti-cancer activity. Other umbelliferous vegetables are celery, carrots, parsnips, fennel and cilantro. The potent antioxidant benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin reportedly guard the body from damaging effects of free radicals, which are unstable molecules. These free radicals have the ability to destroy healthy cells which plays a role in many diseases
Want healthy eyes? Only about 10 sprigs of parsley contain approximately 556 mcg of eye-protecting lutein and zeaxanthin. It is believed that lutein and zeaxanthin in the macula portion of the eye block blue light from reaching the underlying structures in the retina. This helps reduce the risk of light-induced oxidative damage which could potentially lead to macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a major cause of blindness and vision impairment.
And if you’re looking for a few good ways to incorporate more parsley into your diet….. check out these scrumptious recipes:
Tabbouleh Salad by The Harvest Kitchen (yours truly)
Green Goddess Hummus by Cookie and Kate
Chimichurri Sauce by Gimme Some Oven
Chickpea Kale Salad by Wishful Chef, or
Pistashio Parsley Pesto and Grilled Taleggio Cheese Sandwich by Naturally Ella
Nutrition Sources: “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earthy” by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S. and WHFoods