Food & Nutrition

10 Powerful Health Benefits of Parsley You Never Knew About

We tend to think of parsley as a garnish, and don’t give it much thought, but this herb does much more than make your plate look pretty. These 10 unexpected parsley benefits will do wonders for your health.

Breast cancer protection

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Apparently adding parsley to your diet is another one of the ways you can prevent breast cancer. Parsley benefits may include specifically protecting you from breast cancer. “It contains a chemical compound called apigenin that is known to help inhibit breast cancer cell growth,” says Amanda Capriglione RD, CDN. “Some scientists believe that apigenin can be a possible non-toxic treatment in the future.” Add a handful of flat leaf parsley to salads, smoothies, and soups for maximum benefits.

Fights inflammation

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Eating parsley benefits you in many ways, and this one is absolutely key. It’s one of the more troubling general symptoms—inflammation can actually be deadly. Parsley helps because it’s high in antioxidants like vitamin C, A, and E, which can help soothe inflammation. “This can help reduce the risk of arthritis, an inflammation of the joints,” says Brunilda Nazario, MD. “It is also an excellent source of flavonoids, antioxidants that help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.”

Makes grilling safer

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“Consume parsley with your char-grilled chicken, fish, and steak to help minimize the cancer-causing effects of heterocyclic amines,” says Capriglione. “Heterocyclic amines are made when proteins are cooked at high temperatures.” She suggests making a chimichurri sauce by blending parsley, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, some apple cider or red wine vinegar and olive oil together and adding to cooked meats.

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