Just 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley provide the following nutrients:
% daily value
- vitamin K 154
- vitamin C 17
- vitamin A 13
- folate 3
- iron 3
The flavenoids in parsley act as powerful antioxidants to neutralize oxygen radicals and increase the antioxidant activity of the blood. It has high levels of vitamin K, which is required for blood clotting and bone formation, the antioxidant vitamin C, and vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Foods rich in this nutrient are linked to a reduced risk of atherosclerosis, diabetes, and colon cancer.
Parsley contains volatile oils including myristicin, which have been shown to inhibit tumor formation in the lungs of animals. Myristicin also activates glutathione-S-transferase, which works with glutathione to prevent damage done by oxidized molecules. The oils also work to protect against the harmful effects of compounds referred to as benzopyrenes found in cigarette smoke, charcoal grill smoke, and fried foods.
Here are some easy ways to get the full benefits of parsley:
- Add fresh, chopped parsley to scrambled eggs or omelets
- Sprinkle it onto grain dishes near the end of cooking
- Flavor sautéed vegetables
- Include it in soups and stews
- Mix it into salads
- Use it in pesto
What are some of the ways you like to use fresh parsley??