More Than a Garnish: 7 Health Benefits of Parsley

Power to your plate: parsley is a pain reliever, blood pressure regulator and cancer defender. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Power to your plate: parsley is a pain reliever, blood pressure regulator and cancer defender. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Parsley adds much more than a splash of color to your plate. It also has big health benefits! Here at seven of them (via Care2.com):

  1. It’s rich in vitamins. Parsley is a good source of vitamins C, B-12, K and A, maintaining a strong immune system, increasing you bone strength and healing your nervous system.
  2. It protects your kidneys. Parsley helps flush out excess fluid from your body to support kidney function.
  3. It maintains healthy blood pressure. The folic acid in parsley is like a healthy elixir for your heart, and can help to control blood pressure when eaten regularly.
  4. It may reduce hair loss. Parsley’s essential oils, when massaged into the scalp, may reduce hair loss. No, we’re not suggesting you practice this right at the dinner table. But it speaks to the versatility of the herb. You can find parsley essential oil at health stores.
  5. It relieves joint pain. Parsley has many anti-inflammatory properties, which provide relief from joint pain when eaten daily.
  6. It relaxes muscles and aids digestion. Parsley’s anti-inflammatory nature also makes it an effective tool for relaxing stuff muscles and promoting digestion. To get the benefits, try drinking parsley tea.
  7. It may inhibit cancerous tumors. Scientists have found that parsley may help prevent the formation of cancerous tumors, so much so that they have labeled it a “chemoprotective” food.
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