Parsley: Not just another garnish!


So, I was at the grocery store the other day and there was the most beautiful green organic parsley. I bought 1 bunch for parsley salad and then thinking about all the health benefits bought a second bunch. I thought I’d share with you some of those benefits.

Parsley has a medical tradition that stems, pun intended, back  thousands of years. It was mentioned by Pliny the elder who lived from 23-79AD. I

It has been associated with improving urinary tract infections, kidney stones, constipation, digestive disturbances, fluid retention, osteoarthritis, and high blood pressure. These effects may stem from it’s high content of flavonoid and the antioxidants:luteolin, aping, folic acid, vitamin K,C, and A. In fact, in 3.5oz it contains 53% of the daily Vit. A, 160% of Vit.C, 1562% Vit.K. Along with the robust amount of vitamins, it a;so contains 14% of the RDA for Calcium and 48% of the RDA for iron.

In it’s whole food form parsley is safe, but due to it’s high Vit. K content individuals taking coumadin should consult with their physicians before incorporating into their regular diet. Also, as it does have a diuretic effect, caution should be exercised by individuals on prescription diuretics/waterpills. Finally, if a women is pregnant it is best to avoid all parsley supplements as well as large oral intakes as it has been reported to lead to miscarriage.

Here are 2 great recipes for parsley:

Dr. Kathy’s Anti-Hypertensive Tabbouleh

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of cooked and cooled quinoa

½ teaspoon of Celtic sea salt

2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

2 cloves of garlic minced

¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

1 large English hothouse cucumber or 2 small cucumbers cut into ¼ inch pieces if using nonorganic cucumbers, peel prior to using

1 pint of cherry tomatoes have 1 ½ cups of chopped flat leaf parsley preferentially organic

½ cup chopped fresh mint

2 scallions, thinly sliced

½ cup 1st cold pressed unfiltered organic extra virgin olive oil

Dr. Kathy Diuretic Juice:

½ bunch of organic parsley

3 stalks og organic celery

1 large organic cucumber (peel if not organic)

½ organic lemon

1 organic apple for sweetness or stevia or monk fruit/luo han  to taste

For the daring try adding a pinch of cayenne to increase metabolism.

This gives the best results when you drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and then wait at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else.