Parsley: Don't Leave It on Your Plate

August 10, 2021
Parsley Plant

Ah, parsley. Its lovely green leaves dress up a plate but often return to the kitchen sink soggy. Too bad! A nutritional powerhouse used medicinally since ancient times, parsley is an herb you should get to know better.

Here’s why you should actually eat that parsley:

• Parsley is a rich source of vitamin K, which helps blood to clot, and a good source of vitamins C, A, and folate.
• Parsley contains many antibiotic, antioxidant, and other health-promoting phytocompounds that may help to prevent some cancers, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
• Parsley is especially rich in some phytonutrients that offer promise for cancer prevention.
• A sprig of parsley will freshen your breath after a garlic-laden meal.
• Chopped fresh parsley applied to a new bruise may help ease pain and reduce inflammation. Freeze some in ice cubes to rub on bruises.

Although its seeds take a long time to germinate (and many don’t germinate at all), parsley is easy to grow in the garden or a pot set on a sunny windowsill. Once successfully established outside, it readily self-sows, although you’ll need to let it go to seed the second year (it’s a biennial). Start a new planting so you’ll have a few plants and others on their way to making seed.

Finely minced parsley adds flavor to any salad, egg dish, soup, or stuffing. It’s a staple ingredient of the Lebanese salad tabbouleh. Try this recipe for Carrot and Parsley Soup

A Few Exceptions:
• Because parsley is such a rich source of vitamin K, people who take blood-thinning medications should go easy on this herb.
• Health professionals tell pregnant women to avoid large servings of the herb, which may cause uterine contractions. The same advice holds for breastfeeding moms, as large helpings of parsley may decrease milk production.
• Parsley is high in oxalic acid. A few rare medical conditions require strictly limiting dietary intake of oxalate compounds. Consult your health-care professional for more information.

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"Living Naturally" is all about living a naturally healthy lifestyle. Margaret Boyles covers health tips, ways to avoid illness, natural remedies, food that's good for body and soul, recipes for homemade beauty products, ideas to make your home a healthy and safe haven, and the latest news on health. Our goal is also to encourage self-sufficiency, whether it's relearning some age-old skills or getting informed on modern improvements that help us live better, healthier lives.