A little cut up Parsley gives pizzazz to any dish and even chewing on some is rather refreshing. I don't think that many are aware though that this biennial herb, which commonly can be found in the sub-tropical and tropical regions of the world, has some health benefits as well.
Parsley, Petroselinum hortense.
This leafy, green herb gives you dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, a high concentration of vitamin C and 300% of the daily value of the bone healthy vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and zinc.
It is said that Parsley protects against and reduces the risk of prostate, breast, colon, skin and thyroid cancer and is beneficial in the treatment of urinary tract infections, kidney stones, jaundice, and gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, intestinal gas and indigestion.
It is also used for colic, diabetes, cough, asthma, edema, osteoarthritis, anemia, high blood pressure, spleen ailments, helps your eyesight, freshens your breath and applied topical it can heal cracked and/or chapped skin, bruises, insect bites and tumors, although for none of all the above conditions enough evidence has been found of Parsley's healing qualities.
It is used for and in several medications and grown-ups will not experience any negative side-effects when taking it for a short amount of time. I did come across warnings and drug-interactions which you may want to keep in mind and I will share those with you soon.
There is nothing against using it in moderation and as an ingredient to spruce up your meals every now and then. After all, it is food meant for consumption and given to us by our loving and caring Father!
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.