Parsley is often used as a garnish but there is so much herb than this. Adding a sprig to dishes has some impressive health benefits and a lot more nutrients than you might think!
Here are 4 of the great benefits of parsley for better health:
#1 It’s Full of Antioxidants
There are lots of flavonoids in parsley and these act as antioxidants that help to protect against damage to cells.
One of these is vitamin C, which can neutralise free radicals and stop them wreaking so much havoc in the body. Free radicals are linked to lots of different diseases so you may be able to protect against some of them if you have plenty of antioxidants in your diet. And parsley is definitely one way to get the ball rolling on this!
#2 It’s Heart Healthy
When you think of heart healthy nutrients, folic acid probably isn’t the first one that springs to mind. Its ability to reduce homocysteine in in the blood protects the blood vessels.
If you have a lot of homocysteine molecules in your body, there is a big risk that your blood vessels will become damaged and if you go on to develop atherosclerosis (a condition that affects the blood vessels), this can make you a lot more likely to have a heart attack or stroke,
Foods that are rich in folic acid can reduce this risk and parsley ticks this box too.
#3 It Can Protect Against Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis may be an autoimmune condition but some studies have suggested that you could be less likely to develop it if your diet includes the right nutrients.
Vitamin C could help with this and one study found that people who didn’t get a lot of vitamin C in their diet were more likely to develop arthritis compared to those that had diets rich in vitamin C . The study focused on polyarthritis, which affects two or more joints at the same time.
You don’t need to go overboard with how much vitamin C you get though as some studies have suggested that too much can be bad for the joints.
#4 It Could Fight Cancer
Parsley contains a number of volatile oils, some of which have been shown in studies on animals to have the potential to fight cancerous tumours.