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Parsley; not just a decoration for your plate!

Posted Aug 11 2012 3:00pm
I am constantly amazed when I find articles about the never-ending list of health benefits found in so many of the herbs we can grow easily in our garden.

The latest one that I just learned about is parsley! Who knew? Not I, until I read an recent article in the Well Being magazine.

To start with, parsley leaves are very rich in numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin A, chlorophyll, calcium, sodium, magnesium and iron.  They also contain flavonoids which are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Apparently, though, the newest discovery has caused quite a bit of excitement in the scientific world. This excitement is based around one of parsley's active constituents called apigenin and the finding of it's amazing anti-carcinogenic properties in particular. These properties have been extensively researched and "apigenin has been found to possess a variety of properties that contribute to its anti-cancer effects, including anti-proliferative activity, induction of natural cell death, prevention of oxidation, induction of detoxification enzymes, regulation of the immune system and changes in cell signalling."

There are numerous cancers that apigenin has been found to assist in fighting such as breast, cervical, colon, prostate...just to name a few.

Tests show, though, that pure apigenin is not very stable or easy to absorb so the best way to take it is in its natural state as food.

Even as food, it's apparently not the easiest to absorb, but it appears to last in the body for quite a while and probably has a cumulative effect when consumed regularly.
Fortunately, parsley is super easy to grow in the garden (I have both flat and curly leaf in my garden right now!) and can be used in numerous dishes as well as made into a tea. I think I'll start adding it to my 3 day a week green-protein-smoothie!

How about you? Did you know how beneficial parsley is? How do you currently use it?
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