Friday, November 04, 2011

Benefits of Parsley


We overlook parsley as a garnish, but look again and you'll realize it can be used in a wide variety of ways.

Make a parsley Salad, use it to add flavor, or make your body healthier.

Parsley is known to be an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory and contains compounds that are anti-cancer. It's Vitamin rich including vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K to name a few.

Anti-Cancer Myristicin
  • Inhibits tumor formation (especially in the lungs)
  • Activates the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which helps the molecule glutathione attach to, and fight against, oxidized molecules.
  • Can also neutralize carcinogens like benzopyrene in cigarette smoke that can pass through the body, consequently fighting against colon and prostate cancer.
Antioxidant Luteolin
  • Parsley is rich with an antioxidant arsenal that includes luteolin, a flavonoid that searches out and eradicates free radicals in the body that cause oxidative stress in cells.
  • Luteolin also promotes carbohydrate metabolism and serves the body as an anti-inflammatory agent. Furthermore, two tablespoons of parsley contain 16% of the RDA of vitamin C and over 12% of the RDA of vitamin A - two powerful antioxidants.
Vitamin C
  • 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).
Healthy Immune System
Vitamin C

  • The vitamin C and vitamin A found in parsley serve to strengthen the body's immune system.
  • Vitamin C is necessary for collagen, the main structural protein found in connective tissue.
  • This essential nutrient will not only accelerate the body's ability to repair wounds, but also maintain healthy bones and teeth.
Respiratory, Urinary and Intestinal Tracts - All to fight Infection Vitamin A
  • Vitamin A, fortifies the entry points into the human body, such as mucous membranes, the lining of the eyes, and respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts.
  • Moreover, lymphocytes, or white blood cells, rely on vitamin A to fight infection in the body.

A Healthy Heart Vitamin B9
  • Homocysteine, an amino acid that occurs in the body, threatens the body's blood vessels when its levels become too high. Luckily, the folate (or vitamin B9) found in parsley helps convert homocysteine into harmless molecules. A regular garnish of parsley can help ward off cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
Bone Health, Hearth Health & Nervous System health Vitamin K
  • Two tablespoons of parsley have a whopping 153% of the RDA of vitamin K, which is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a protein that strengthens the composition of our bones.
  • Vitamin K also prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • Finally, the vitamin K found in parsley is essential for synthesizing sphingolipid, the fat needed to maintain the myelin sheath around our nerves, and therefore our nervous system as a whole.

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