The delicious and vibrant taste and wonderful health benefits of parsley are often ignored in its popular role as a table garnish. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, 10 sprigs of parsley contains 4 calories, 0.3 grams of protein, 0.1 grams of fat, 0.6 grams of carbohydrate, 0.3 grams of fiber and 0.1 grams of sugar. Just 10 sprigs provide 205% of vitamin K needs for the day, as well as 22% of vitamin C and 17% of vitamin A.
1. Prevents Diabetes
Myricetin, a flavonol found in parsley and other plants has been evaluated for its effectiveness in the treatment and prevention of diabetes. In vitro and animal studies have showed that myricetin may lower blood sugars as well as decrease insulin resistance and provide anti-inflammatory and anti-hyperlipidemia effects.
2. Cardiovascular Benefits
Parsley is a good source of folic acid, one of the most important B vitamins. While it plays numerous roles in the body, one of its most critical roles in relation to cardiovascular health is its necessary participation in the process through which the body converts homocysteine into benign molecules. Enjoying foods rich in folic acid, like parsley, is an especially good idea for individuals who either have, or wish to prevent, these diseases.
3. Healthy Vision
Eating parsley leaves also promotes healthy eyesight, because they contain vitamin A, as well as the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. Vitamin A makes up a component of rhodopsin, a pigment found in your eyes that plays a role in light detection. Each half-cup portion of parsley leaves has 2,527 international units of vitamin A — 84 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and more than 100 percent for women. Parsley leaves also contain 1.7 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin per half-cup. These nutrients filter light, shielding the delicate tissues at the back of your eyes from harmful light rays that would otherwise cause damage.
Apigenin and myristicin (found in parsley) boost the productivity of one of our liver’s enzymes that detoxes our bodies. A report on apigenin, specifically, found that the flavone compound also improves the effects of some drugs used to treat colon cancer. This is in line with a study published in the February 2011 journal “Clinical and Experimental Metastasis”.
5. Anti-Cancer Benefits
Parsley contains carnosol, a nutrient that regulates gene activity and fights the growth of several types of cancer, including breast, skin and colon cancers, according to a review published in “Cancer Letters” in 2011. An animal study, published in “Toxicology Letters” in 2013, notes that apigenin — another nutrient obtained from parsley, according to a study published in “Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism” in 2006 — fights pancreatic cancer cell growth in mice. Folic acid is also a critical nutrient for proper cell division and is therefore vitally important for cancer-prevention in two areas of the body that contain rapidly dividing cells—the colon, and in women, the cervix.
6. Strengthens the Immune System
The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in parsley are helpful for strengthening immunity. Vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, and niacin each act on different aspects of the immune system. Vitamin A acts directly on lymphocytes or white blood cells, thereby increasing their effect. The chlorophyll contained in parsley has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties as well. Studies have showed that parsley contains antioxidant properties and antibacterial properties, making it an ideal source for various home remedies.
7. Provides Hormonal Support
In women, parsley improves estrogen and nourishes and restores the blood of the uterus. Conditions like delayed menstruation, PMS, and the menopause (dry skin, irritability, depression and hair loss) can often improve.
8. Anti-Inﬂammatory Benefits
Along with luteolin, the vitamin C found in parsley serves as an effective anti-inﬂammatory agent within the body. When consumed regularly, they combat the onset of inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis (the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone) and rheumatoid arthritis (a disease causing inﬂammation in the joints).
9. Urinary Tract Infections
Bastyr University has listed as one of its recommended herbs for remedying urinary tract infections as an antibiotics alternative. Other herbs on the list contain uva-ursi, goldenrod, nettles and horsetail. Ask your physician before making use of parsley to take care of a UTI.
10. Controls Rheumatoid Arthritis
Parsley has also been particularly effective against rheumatoid arthritis. Compounds such as vitamin C and beta-carotene found in parsley possess anti-inflammatory properties that help in controlling arthritis. Consuming parsley regularly is also believed to speed up the process of uric acid removal, which has been linked to symptoms of arthritis.
11. Stops Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Bad breath is usually a sign of a toxic colon. If the condition is not yet too far advanced, the purifying and cleansing effect of parsley juice makes a good remedy to clean up the toxic environment.
12. Aids Digestion
Parsley is an excellent digestion restorative remedy. It improves the digestion of proteins and fats therefore promoting intestinal absorption, liver assimilation and storage. Because of its high enzyme content, parsley benefits digestive activity and elimination.
13. Helps Wound Healing
The excellent source of histidine in parsley is the essential amino acid necessary for growth and repair of tissues. Parsley juice would do well for people healing from a wound or after a surgery.