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 Benefits of Parsley

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Benefits of Parsley

A sprig of parsley is more than just a garnish! Very much true that it’s a fresh herb which adds its eminent taste to any dish you cook. It finds place in boiled potato delicacies, grain based salads, vegetable soups, fresh juices, starters and also in dips and spreads. Equally elaborative are its health benefits due to the intricate list of nutrients it abounds in.

10 Health Benefits of Parsley

Here’s an enormous list of why you should include parsley in your diet…. 

1. Parsley for Bone Strengthening : Parsley is a fairly good source of calcium, which is definitely known to support bone strength. Vitamin K, is also a key nutrient which helps in bone metabolism. Parsley abounds in this vitamin and vitamin C too, which helps in collagen synthesis around bones. Thus vitamins C and K are important key nutrients, without which your bones would become fragile. Also check out more Calcium RichVitamin C Rich and Vitamin K Rich Recipes

2. Parsley for Strong Immunity : Vitamins C,  Vitamin A and Vitamin B9, Folate – all work as antioxidants to build your immunity. They fight common diseases as well as strip off harmful free radicals from your body and prevents chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and so on….

3. Parsley for Healthy Heart : A cup of parsley is good enough to fill your days need of folate, which helps to reduce homocysteine levels in the body. A high level of homocysteine (which are naturally occurring amino acids in our body) can put you at risk of heart diseases and stroke by damaging your blood vessels. Find a comprehensive list on Heart-friendly foods here. 

4. Parsley for Relieving Pain : Possessing natural anti-inflammatory properties, it aids in relieving bone and joint pain, especially related to arthritis. 

5. Parsley for Fighting Fatigue : Aanemia is a very common disease these days, with fatigue as one its main symptoms. Adding parsley to you meals daily will help you build your red blood cells count and haemoglobin levels and overcome anaemia. Kick fatigue and welcome energized body with parsley. Know all about Iron Rich Foods

6. Parsley for Cancer Protection : Parsley has been termed as ‘chemo protective’ due to its antioxidant properties. The volatile oils components — myristicin, limonene, and eugenol present in it have been known to protect cell DNA from damage and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.  Another compound parsley is rich in is luteolin, a cancer-preventive agent. It destroys cancer cells by interfering with most of the characteristics of cancer cells.

7. Parsley for Kidney Health : A glass of parsley juice is a very good detox to flush out toxins from your body and fight kidney stones. The reason is the same. Thanks to all the antioxidants it carries in itself. 

8. Parsley for Improved Digestion : A number of gastro-intestinal problems like flatulence, constipation, indigestion and bloating can be cured by consuming parsley. These digestive abilities of parsley are attributed to its fiber and oil content. They benefit the action of gastric juices and clean the gut as well.  

9. Parsley for Cure to Bad Breath : Bad breath or halitosis can easily be oppressed by chewing a few sprigs of fresh parsley. It’s really worth trying as a mouth freshener as it’s sure to ward off the unwanted bacteria from mouth. 

10. Parsley for Eye Health : Parsley is abundant in vitamin A too. It’s high beta carotene content protects the retina from damage and helps in proper and clear vision. Consistent consumption of parsley can also help in preventing age-related macular degeneration.

Did You Know?

A cup of freshly chopped parsley fulfils..

1. Your days requirement of vitamin C and vitamin K and folate, and 

2. Approx. 12% and 19% of days requirement of vitamin A and iron

5 Interesting Ways to Use Parsley in your Diet the Healthy Way

1. Toss with chick peas to make Parsley Hummus

2. Use it to make a spread – Parsley Yoghurt Spread

3. Make a fresh juice with it – Carrot and Parsley Juice

4. Toss in with grains to make a salad – Quinoa Feta and Mixed Veg Salad

5. Create a dressing out of it – Parsley and Garlic Dressing

Nutritive Information for Parsley:

½ Cup of chopped parsley is about 60 grams

RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.

Energy - 20 calories

Protein – 1.3 g

Carbohydrate – 4.1 g

Fat – 0.3 g

Fiber – 2.6 g

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Benefits Of Parsley

Chick peas which are rich in protein, calcium and fibre are blended with vitamin a and e laden parsley to make this healthy dip. Enjoy it with whole wheat pita or simply use it as a sandwich spread to make a quick snack.
A light and aromatic spread made of low-fat curds, parsley, garlic and spring onion greens, the Parsley Yoghurt Spread is a protein rich recipe that is good for the heart and for controlling cholesterol. It can be served as an alternative to chutney or as a dip for finger foods. Stock some healthy khakhras like Mini Nachni and Bajra Khakhra , Mini Oats Khakhra , Nachni Sesame Khakhra , Nachni Sesame Khakhra , Jowar and Sesame Khakhra or Bajra Khakhras and treat yourself to a quick healthy breakfast of Parsley Yogurt Spread with khakhras.
Celery and parsley make for an exotic combination that takes the not-so-interesting carrot juice up several notches in the favourite list. This simple Carrot and Parsley Juice makes a great energy and immune booster. Carrot juice has always been refreshing. Just a touch of parsley to this juice adds enough vitamin C and folic acid to your diet which is sure to do wonders to your skin. The high water content in celery makes it ideal for vegetable juicing. Pair it with a wholesome salad like Masala Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut or Carrot Cucumber and Rajma Salad in Mint Dressing that is filling and healthy.
Here is another fabulous way to include quinoa in your diet. The Quinoa, Feta and Mixed Veg Salad is sumptuous and tasty, with a good blend of quinoa, fresh veggies and feta cheese. The unique taste and mouth-feel of feta cheese goes very well with the juicy veggies. The combination of veggies is also good – some being crunchy, some juicy, and also a bit of creaminess from avocadoes. The dressing is easy but well balanced with honey for sweetness, lemon for tang and pepper for spice! Indeed, this amazing salad is a well-rounded treat for your palate and you will enjoy every mouthful. Try other quinoa recipes like Quinoa, Corn and Capsicum Salad or Coconut Quinoa with Coconut Curry .
An olive oil based dressing with a strong flavour, the Parsley and Garlic Dressing is perfect to perk up the flavour of any salad with veggies, fruits, beans and cheese too. Lemon juice and orange juice give this garlicky dressing a tangy dimension, while parsley gives it a herby touch. A dash of jeera powder is all that it takes to highlight all the assorted flavours in this dressing. Make a batch of this Parsley and Garlic Dressing, and store it in an airtight glass jar in the fridge. It will last for two days.


Benefits of Parsley
 on 14 May 19 02:36 PM

Thanks for these yummy recipes.
Edited after original posting.
Tarla Dalal
15 May 19 05:49 PM
   Hi Khushman, Glad you liked it. Do try out more recipes and share your experience with us.Happy cooking!