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Parsley

Healthy Smoothie Recipes with Parsley

About Parsley

Parsley is native to the Mediterranean region (southern Italy, Algeria, and Tunisia).  There is another plant called, “fool’s parsley” that is actually deadly.  So the ancient history of parsley is that is was known for death and devil!  Once everyone figured out that parsley and fool’s parsley were actually different plants, parsley started to become used more and more and used for medicinal purposes.

Nutrition Benefits of Parsley

Parsley is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron.  By weight, parsley has 3x as much vitamin C as oranges.  It also contains antioxidant flavonoids and an antioxidant called Luteolin.

A few benefits that parsley has been linked to is bone health, brain function, alzheimers, eye health, blood health, cancer-fighter, and detoxification.

Nutrition Facts

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Parsley scores well for 8 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

The Research

Gastrointestinal: Score 90

Summary:

Animal: Parsley has antiulcerogenic activity. It has a spasmolytic effect substantiating its use in traditional medicine for the treatment of intestinal disorders. In Vitro: Parsley’s traditional use as a laxative is supported by its inhibition of water absorption.

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Liver: Score 90

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Animal: Parsley has a protective effect on the liver of diabetic rats. It has liver protective effects similar to medication in diabetic rats.

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Cancer: Score 88

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Animal: Parsley contains compounds with demonstrable chemopreventive properties. It showed protection against DNA damage, inhibition of proliferation and migration of the MCF-7 cells.

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Blood Pressure: Score 86

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It has a traditional use as a diuretic and is supported by its inhibition of water absorption in animal studies.

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Diabetes (Type 2): Score 84

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Animal: Parsley has a protective effect on the liver of diabetic rats.

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Breast Cancer: Score 82

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In Vitro: Parsley showed protection against DNA damage, inhibition of proliferation and migration of the MCF-7 cells.

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Inflammation: Score 82

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In Vitro: A combination including parsley and asparagus has anti-inflammatory activity and increases the metabolism of kidney cells.

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Kidneys: Score 82

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In Vitro: A combination of parsley and asparagus has anti-inflammatory activity and increases the metabolism of kidney cells.

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How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on pubmed.gov. This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.

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What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
  • 2Amount of Research
  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)

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