Parsley Health Benefits, Nutrition and Herb Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Parsley Herb

  • Parsley is abundant with the antioxidant beta-carotene. Beta-carotene appears frequently in healthy food topics. It is an absolute essential nutrient and something we hunt for when putting a fresh health food to the daily diet. Beta-carotene helps minimize the chance of getting atherosclerosis, colon cancer and diabetes. To certain extent, health benefits of parsley also include things like preventing asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Parsley is used in various methods to fight bad breath. However the results are perfect when the herb is fresh. Parsley is definitely the most effective natural remedy for foul breath especially for eliminating garlic-odor when food that contains garlic is taken.
  • This natural herb is an organic diuretic. Parsley tea surely is a simple way to obtain the health benefits of the herb instantly. Consume as many as three cups daily to help remedy water retention.
  • Parsley cleanses the kidney through flushing harmful toxins out from your body, and is good for the prevention and treatment of kidney stones. It has a compound known as Apoil, which is extracted and used as remedy to heal kidney stones as well as some kidney conditions.
  • Parsley is an excellent source of flavonoids and essential oils. The essential oils in parsley, like myristicin, are linked to controlling tumor growth -- especially in the lungs. Myristicin has proven to have same effects as antioxidants and can neutralize carcinogens as well. Flavonoids in parsley, luteolin especially, are proven to possess antioxidant effects also.
  • The folate in parsley is mainly related to heart health. Folate helps protect bloodstream against the damaging homocysteine molecule, thus minimizes the chance of getting heart attack or stroke, especially in people who have problems with diabetic heart problems or atherosclerosis. Health advantages of parsley also include preventing cervical and colon cancer.
  • Everybody knows Vitamin C is useful, and parsley has a large amount of it. Vitamin C is great for asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Besides, it is also benefit common diseases like ear infections and colds. 

Facts about Parsley

Fresh Parsley Herb Leaf

Parsley (scientific name Petroselinum) is a biennial herb and belongs to the Apiaceae family, along with anise, caraway, cumin, dill and fennel. Parsley is most likely native to the region of south-eastern Europe.

You will find three varieties of parsley:

  • Curly parsley (scientific name Petroselinum crispum)
  • Italian parsley or flat leaf (scientific name Petroselinum crispum neapolitanum or Petroselinum crispum latifolium) and
  • Hamburg parsley or turnip-rooted parsley (scientific name Petroselinum crispum tuberosum).

Curly and flat leaf parsley have been used as herbs, while Hamburg parsley has been used as a root vegetable, much like a parsnip. Fern leaf and moss leaf parsley are two other types of parsley. Parsley can grow 30-45 cm and produces greenish white to yellow flowers between June and August. 

Parsley Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutritional Value of 1 tablespoon Dried Parsley
Calories 4 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 7 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 0 g


Parsley Recipe


Parsley Tea

Make: 2 cups

2 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley

Boil the water in a saucepan and turn the heat off. Put in the dried parsley and allow to steep for approximately 8-10 minutes. Pour the tea through a strainer and serve.

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