The magic of parsley never ceases to astound me and I continue to eat it every day in order to enjoy its goodness and flavour.
I’ve said it before, but just in case you missed it last time round – PARSLEY ROCKS
This old fashioned herb is making a bit of a comeback which is awesome. I really don’t think it should have left the “superfood” list in the first place, if indeed it was ever on it. But it’s slowly starting to get popular again.
Growing parsley is just sooooo darn easy. I generally have one or two pots which travel around with me as not all places I go have it and I do try to eat it once a day.
So why is parsley awesome?
Well, not only is it easy to grow, the health benefits of parsley are really over the top!
Goodness, where do I start?
O.k. so it’s full of iron, something that a lot of people worry about when they stop eating meat. And here’s something to think on – both meat eaters and plant eaters can be iron deficient – in fact, more meat eaters than plant eaters are … go figure
Anyhoo – Back to parsley. It’s also full of vitamins like K, C, E and A along with folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Has zinc a bit of thiamin, vitamin B6, and riboflavin and did I mention protein? … well it’s got that too.
And what are the health benefits?
- Parsley contains unique elements in its oil known as volatile oil components, I’m not going to list them, but these powerful oil components benefit the body’s immune system and help fight cancer formation, in particular slowing tumor growth, neutralizing oxidative stress and fighting off carcinogens from harming the body.
- Because it’s such a high source of antioxidants it can help fight cancer, it acts as a natural diuretic and helps to relieve bloating. It can also help fight kidney stones, urinary tract infections and gallbladder infections (you’d need to seek a herbalist for the correct dosage etc for these ailments).
- It can improve digestion and is a lovely breath freshner.
- It has anitbacterial and antifungal properties although, again, seek advice on how to use the oil as it’s very potent and if used incorrectly topically can cause a skin reaction or burn.
- It balances the hormones and is great for heart health.
How to use – eat it mostly raw!
Parsley can be used sprinkled over top of just about anything or can be a dish on it’s own like Tabouli. Throw some into your smoothie or add to salads. I tend to chop the curly parsley very fine, but the Italian or flat-leaf parsley can be roughly chopped.
If you grow your own you’ll find that parsley is probably the cheapest super food you can have.