Parsley is a nutrient dense, highly versatile herb. It tends to feature as a garnish in western cooking, however it offers much more than that.
Parsley’s nutrient profile is impressive: it contains vitamins A, B, C, calcium, copper, Iron, magnesium, potassium and a high amount of Chlorophyll! It is best eaten raw as potassium and Vitamin C are destroyed through cooking.
It has wonderful blood tonic properties, making it particularly useful if you suffer anaemia or have been recently sick. It is high in antioxidants and also anti-inflammatory. It has a strong action on the digestive tract, and helps to expel any excess wind.
I find parsley particularly useful when I require an extra boost of energy because the nutrients are so easily accessible. It really packs a nutritional punch and puts that extra pep in your step.
Medicinal parsley is used as a diuretic and blood tonic herb. It is also beneficial for liver and heart health, as it contains high levels of folic acid and boasts high antioxidants.
An energy boosting smoothie:
The taste of this smoothie is surprisingly refreshing and yum!
Cautions – parsley should not be consumed in liquid form or capsule by pregnant women. It is also high in oxalates which can block absorption of iron and other minerals.