Brainy for Parsley
- Parsley is one of less calorific herb. 100 g of fresh leaves carry
just 36 calories. Additionally, its leaves carry zero cholesterol
and fat, but rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary
fiber. Altogether, the herb helps in controllling blood-cholesterol, and may 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. Eugenol
has also been found to reduce blood sugar levels among diabetics; however, further
detailed studies required to establish its role.
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 pressing effects of sodium. Iron is
essential for the production of heme, which is an important
oxygen-carrying component inside the red blood cells. Manganese is used
by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Additionally, the herb is also rich in many
antioxidant vitamins, including vitamin-A,
beta-carotene, vitamin-C, vitamin-E, zea-xanthin,
lutein, and cryptoxanthin. The herb is an excellent source
of vitamin-K and folates. Zea-xanthin helps prevent age-related macular
degeneration (ARMD) in the retina (eye) in the aged population
through its anti-oxidant and ultra-violet light filtering functions.
Fresh herb leaves are also rich in many
essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), riboflavin
(vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and
thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins play a vital role in carbohydrate,
fat and protein metabolism by acting as co-enzymes inside
the human body.
It is, perhaps, the richest herbal
source for vitamin K; provide 1640 µg or 1366% of recommended daily
intake. Vitamin K has been found to have the potential role in bone
health by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It has also
established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients through
limiting neuronal damage in their brain.
This unique herb provides:
38% of folates,
220% of vitamin C,
281% of vitamin A,
1366% of vitamin K,
14% of calcium,
77.5% of iron and
5561 mcg of zeaxanthin.
5054 mcg of carotene-beta
* Source of Information ~ http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/parsley.html