Parsley is a popular culinary and medicinal herb, which is recognized as one of the functional food for its unique antioxidants, and disease preventing properties.

This wonderful, fragrant rich biennial herb is native to the Mediterranean region belonging in the Apiaceae family, in the genus; Petroselinum. Its botanical name is Petroselinum crispum, according to wholefoods.com.

The herb is a small plant featuring dark-green leaves that resemble coriander leaves, especially in the flat-leaf variety. However, it is milder in flavor than that of leaf-coriander. The herb is widely used in Mediterranean, East European, and American cuisine, according to whfoods.com.

Parsley is an excellent of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate, and iron. Parsley’s volatile oil components include myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. Its flavonoids include apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin.

Parsley is one of less calorific herb. 100 g of fresh leaves carry only 36 calories. Additionally, its leaves contains zero cholesterol and fat, but rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Altogether, the herb helps control blood-cholesterol, offer protection from free radical mediated injury and cancers.

Parsley contains health benefiting essential volatile oils that include myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene.

The essential oil, Eugenol, present in this herb has been in therapeutic application in dentistry as a local anesthetic and anti-septic agent for teeth and gum diseases.

Parsley is rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidants, including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin;and has been rated as one of the plant sources with quality antioxidant activities. Total ORAC value, which measures the anti-oxidant strength of 100 g of fresh, raw parsley, is 1301 µmol TE (Trolex equivalents).

The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. 100 g fresh herb provides 554 mg or 12% of daily-required levels of potassium. Potassium is the chief component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure by countering the effects of sodium……..

Read more: http://www.youthhealthmag.com/articles/4359/20141208/nutritional-facts-of-parsley-only-36-calories.htm

Source: Youth Health Magazine

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