parsley for health

Five reasons to eat more parsley

Food, Nutrology

In many cultures, parsley is used only as a garnish, but parsley actually is a super nutritious vegetable that deserves more attention. Here are 5 reasons to make it a regular part of your diet.

1) It lowers the cancer risk with barbecued meats

Many people enjoy the dark crust on meat cooked well done on a barbeque or pan, but are you aware that this habit is proven to increase your cancer risk? But fortunately, you can counteract the carcinogenic effects of charred meats with parsley, which is full of strong antioxidants.

High heat cooking of meat creates chemicals called heterocyclic amines, which can cause mutations in our DNA, leading to possible prostate, pancreatic, or colon cancer. But you will substantially lower the risk if you marinate the meat before cooking with parsley and scallions in vinegar. Adding other herbs such as garlic, oregano, rosemary, basil, or thyme may increase the effectiveness of the marinade.

2) Parsley is full of special antioxidants

Parsley has high concentrations of certain antioxidants not found in many other foods. These antioxidants include “volatile oils” such as myristicin, and flavonoids such as luteolin. These chemicals help lower the damage to your cells from oxygenated free radicals, and may cut your risk of not only cancer, but atherosclerosis, diabetes, and asthma.

3) Rich source of nutrients for better bones

30 grams of parsley has only 11 calories but has 550% of our daily requirement of Vitamin K. While important in blood clotting, this vitamin is increasingly thought vital for optimal bone health. It appears to stimulate absorption of calcium and may help decrease the risk of post-menopausal osteoporosis.

4) More vitamin C than oranges, more iron than spinach

Besides Vitamin K, parsley is an excellent source of Vitamin A and C, as well as folic acid, a B Vitamin that breaks down homoscysteine in our blood to inactive compounds. Homocysteine is an amino acid we get mostly from eating mea. It is something we don’t want in excess, since too much attacks the walls of our blood vessels.

5) Parsley helps digestion and breath

The fiber in parsley stimulates our digestive process, and helps limit the amount of cholesterol we absorb from food. Some people find it helps control bad breath odors (though research suggests that drinking green tea may be more effective).


Pregnant women should avoid eating much parsley as it can, in high doses, cause uterine contractions. Finally, if you are on any blood thinner such as Coumadin, check with your doctor before taking any food high in Vitamin K.

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