Parsley is a species of flowering plant typically cultivated for its use as an herb, spice, and vegetable. Key nutrients include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, and Potassium- naturally low in sodium, with no fat or cholesterol.
Used most often as a garnish for dishes, it’s healing/health properties are often overlooked.
Parsley is a rich source of antioxidants and intake of antioxidants promotes optimal health.
- Vitamin C: A water-soluble, and powerful anti-inflammatory. It promotes healthy immune system functions and can even help prevent colds or other recurring infections.
- Folic Acid: Folic acid is one of the most important B Vitamins. It helps with cardiovascular health and plays a vital role in proper cell division.
- Potassium: Potassium helps to control heart rate and blood pressure, and assists in our bodies’ ability to balance and metabolize sodium.
Parsley can also be beneficial with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can have a gentle, natural diuretic effect, and can potentially mitigate conditions like kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and even gall stones.
Parsley’s bright, effervescent appeal and can add unique balance in savory dishes. While parsley can be slightly bitter it’s normally mild and well-suited as both a garnish and a tasty accent to many dishes, including soup of course.