Even the Ancient Romans ate Parsley, especially to mask the alcohol breath on those “wild orgy nights”! Here in America we use it to decorate our plates and then it gets discarded!
Do you realize that Parsley is actually a great multi-vitamin? One cup of Parsley has more Calcium than one cup of milk, two times the Vitamin C of one orange and more beta-carotene than a large carrot! It is also high in Vitamin K, which helps reduce the thickness of your blood. A new study at Ohio State University states that a compound called apigenin, found in parsley, causes death to cancer cells.
Parsley is also very cleansing for the Kidneys which helps the body especially if you are retaining water. The green in the plant, Chlorophyll, is very important to our bodies, it is in all green vegetables; this compound helps us detox all those metal and chemical toxins we come into contact with on a daily basis.
Both flat leaf and curly leaf parsley is available, I am partial to flat leaf, I think it tastes better. Commonly used in Mediterranean, Italian and Greek dishes, especially as salads and dressings on chicken and fish, it is very easy to use with food preparations. Parsley is a great addition in the blender with a smoothie or as a pesto sauce. Give it a try and boost your vitamin intake in a natural food form, it is used by the body so much better than in supplement form!