A diet that includes parsley offers many nutrients such as chlorophyll, vitamin C, iron, folic acid, fluorine, vitamin K and B-12. Parsley is an herb that can be steamed, boiled, baked, raw or juiced. In “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” Dr. Jonny Bowden states that parsley is beneficial for detoxification, weight loss and the prevention of diseases.
Benefits of Chlorophyll
Parsley contains a substance called chlorophyll -- a substance found in many green plant foods. Bowden asserts the chlorophyll in parsley acts as a natural detoxifier in your diet. Chlorophyll stops bacterial growth, kills germs, deactivates carcinogens and other harmful toxins. The website Cleansing-raw-food-diet reports that the substance is also used to cleanse and purify blood. In addition, chlorophyll may help inhibit the growth of tumor and cancer cells.
Function of Carotenoids
Parsley contains carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin. Carotenoids produce the color of fruits and vegetables that have also been associated with many health benefits when consumed in your diet. According to the University of New Hampshire, the consumption of carotenoids has been linked with reduced risk of cancer, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Carotenoids act as a natural filter by protecting your eyes and sight from harmful ultra-violet rays from sunlight and indoor lighting.
Function of Diuretics
Parsley, a natural diuretic that helps increase the flow of urine, helps remove excess fluids from your body. Foods that contain salt and sugar cause fluid retention that contributes to bloating and weight gain. A low-protein diet can also lead to the accumulation of extra fluids.
Parsley, a natural diuretic, may aid in treating liver disorders, high blood pressure and kidney stones. Be aware that increasing urination may lead to the loss of essential vitamins and minerals.
Function of Enzymes
Parsley is beneficial to your digestive system because it contains enzymes. Enzymes function by breaking down and releasing the nutrients from proteins, carbohydrates and fats in your diet. According to the Genesis Today website, enzymes are sensitive to temperature and can be destroyed in the process of cooking or heating -- forcing your digestive system to manufacture its own enzymes. In effect, you tax your digestive system and may experience uncomfortable side effects such as gas, bloating and poor elimination. Eat or drink parsley raw to obtain enzymes in your diet.
Significance of Iron
Parsley is a plant source of the mineral iron. A 1/2 cup of parsley contains about 10 percent of your iron daily requirements. The type of iron found in vegetables is called non-heme iron and is not easily assimilated in the body. However, a sufficient amount of vitamin C helps your body absorb iron. Iron manufactures hemoglobin that transports oxygen from the lungs to all the cells in your body.
- "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth"; Jonny Bowden, Ph.D.,C.N.S.; 2007
- Lutein Lab: The Carotenoid Story