Parsley – it Does a Body Good!

Eat your way to better health using a powerful herb that fights colon and lung cancers, creates greater bone density and comes in two varieties – leafy and Italian – it’s typically available in every produce department of your favorite grocery throughout the year…what could be better?

Rich in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A, parsley, whether enjoying it dried or fresh, is going to give your over-all health a boost. Parsley has been used for a very long time in Mediterranean cooking, salads and specialty dishes. Even today, many Middle Eastern restaurants prepare tabouli as a main staple of their menu.

Many health benefits come from eating this green herb. First, it’s low in calories – a cup of freshly chopped parsley boasts less than 25 calories. Most impressive is that parsley is nutrient dense, and these nutrients can play a big part in creating better overall health. 

Eyesight is just one improvement cited and accredited to Vitamin A. Studies have shown that the vitamins from parsley may protect the cornea as well as the inside of your eyelids.

Rich in folate, there is evidence that bringing parsley into your diet regularly may just improve your heart health. Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that plays an important role in red blood cell formation.

Some claim parsley is indeed a super-food! The list of benefits for health and beauty are far-reaching and include highlighted items like helps in dealing with cancer, aids in wrinkle reduction, prevents hair loss, boosts your immune system, boiled parsley can treat dandruff, facilitate weight loss and more.

To enjoy this delicious, bright, health boosting parsley as a salad:  wash the parsley thoroughly, dry, chop off the thick stems, and then chop off the minor stems, then chop the fresh leaves. Chop 3-7 green onions, chop a Roma tomato, add mint leaves and the juice of one lemon along with two tablespoons of bulgur wheat. Toss together. Now add ¼ to ½ cup olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.  Chill.