Parsley, or garden parsley is a species of flowering plant in the family Apiaceae that is native to the central and eastern Mediterranean region, but has been naturalized elsewhere in Europe, and is widely cultivated as a herb, and a vegetable. Parsley is widely used in European, Middle Eastern, and American cuisine.
Some possible benefits include:
- Contains many important nutrients
- Rich in antioxidants
- Supports bone health
- Contains cancer-fighting substances
- Rich in nutrients that protect your eyes
- May improve heart health
- Parsley extract has antibacterial properties
- Easy to add to your diet
- Could Help Prevent Kidney Stones
- Good Source of Vitamin C
- May Have Cancer-Fighting Properties
- Could Help Regulate Menstruation
- May Promote Blood Sugar Control
- May help to increase iron levels
- May help with a multitude of prostate issues
A 1/2 cup (30 grams) of fresh, chopped parsley provides:
- Calories: 11 calories
- Carbs: 2 grams
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fat: less than 1 gram
- Fiber: 1 gram
- Vitamin A: 108% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
- Vitamin C: 53% of the RDI
- Vitamin K: 547% of the RDI
- Folate: 11% of the RDI
- Potassium: 4% of the RDI
Potential Side Effects:
In particular, pregnant women are advised to avoid consuming large amounts of parsley, as it may induce uterine contractions.
It’s also high in vitamin K, an important fat-soluble vitamin involved in blood clotting.
If you’re taking a blood thinner like warfarin (Coumadin), it may be best to drink parsley tea in moderation, as high amounts of vitamin K may interact with these medications.
Parsley tea is also not recommended for those taking diuretics, as it may cause excess water loss.
Traditional Use: 1 Teaspoon in Tea, 1-2x Daily