Used to make crowns to honor athletes in ancient Greece, Parsley is native to the Mediterranean and provides decoration as well as epicurean delight to season food.  It’s vivid green color and “grassy” taste come from its high chlorophyll content.  Traditional healers use Parsley as a laxative and to reduce high blood pressure.  It’s natural diuretic qualities help cleanse the kidneys and bladder.  Crown your meal with Parsley and LIVE YOUNGER with its many health benefits.  

Scientists have uncovered incredible benefits of including Parsley into your eating plan.  START SOMEWHERE today enjoying these benefits:

  1. Lower cancer incidence:  Parsley contains a powerful compound called apigenin, which can also be found in celery, apples, oranges and some nuts.  A study published in Cancer Prevention Research cites a significant decrease in tumor formation and development in animals fed apigenin-containing foods.  As a bonus, apigenin helps other antioxidants work more efficiently.  
  2. Blood sugar stabilization:  Parsley has been traditionally used in Turkey to help stabilize blood sugar and now it has been scientifically validated.  Turkish researchers found that parsley significantly lowered blood sugar on animals with chemically-induced diabetes.
  3. Better cognition:  Alzheimer’s Disease is an inflammatory disorder. Apigenin combats the inflammatory component of this dreaded disease.
  4. Increased heart health:  Parsley reduces abnormal blood clot formation, a common trigger for heart attacks.  
  5. Decreased body odor:  Nobody likes to talk about it but everybody has experienced it!  Chlorophyll can help neutralize odors from perspiration, menstruation, bad breath, intestinal gas, and urine.  Chlorophyll is a detoxifier and enables plants to absorb energy from the sun.  
  6. Stronger bones:  Parsley contains a hefty amount of Vitamin K as well as other nutrients that contribute to bone health, including Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamins C and A.

A decorative accent to a scrumptious meal, this herb can be found in two common varieties.  Both the leaves and the stem can be used.  Curly Parsley is more common in the United States and Great Britain most likely because it makes a prettier garnish.  Also known as “flat leaf Parsley’s uncool cousin,” the curly variety is absolutely delicious when used to make pesto.  The other type is known as Italian Parsley or Flat Leaf Parsley and resembles cilantro.  It has a richer flavor than Curly Parsley and is more widely preferred elsewhere in the world.  I am seeing lots of Italian Parsley in the market these days.  Both varieties are easily grown organically in a container, either indoors or out.

Dried parsley can easily lose its flavor sitting on the shelf and I have let lots of it “die” in the back of my refrigerator.  Don’t you just hate to find that slimy mess hiding in the crevices?  Leftover Parsley is easily dried:

  1. In a preheated 250 degree oven, lay Parsley sprigs out flat on a baking sheet.  Include the tender stems.
  2. Put the sheet of Parsley in the oven and turn off the heat.
  3. Leave in for 15-20 minutes until crisp.  Stir halfway through “baking” process.
  4. Store refrigerated in a glass jar.

A versatile herb, Parsley has a distinctive taste but will not dominate.  Use it fresh or dried in virtually any dish.  There is one major note of caution:  Pregnant women should not eat large amounts of parsley because it may cause uterine contractions.  Aside from that, research is proving that Parsley will definitely help us LIVE YOUNGER in many ways.  START SOMEWHERE today to crown your meal with Parsley.  Enjoy the tasty benefits of real food.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Additional Resource:  Bharat, B. Aggarwal, PhD.  Healing Spices. Toronto, Ontario. Sterling Publishing.  2011.

Crown Your Meal with Parsley

Crown Your Meal with Parsley