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Fresh Herb Focus – Parsley

 

The next fresh herb that we are going to spotlight is parsley.  Parsley is often ignored, being used only as a garnish on our plates, but it’s an incredible herb that is being shown to offer a few unusual health benefits.

Parsley’s name is derived from two Greek words – Petrose, meaning rock, as it grew frequently in rock formations and on the side of cliffs and stonewalls and Selenium– an ancient name for celery.  It has been used as a garnish for many years with its original purpose being for people to chew at the end of their meal to freshen their breath.  Parsley offers many health benefits in addition to fresher breath however.

Contains Unique Volatile Oils and Flavinoids:

Volatile oils – including myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene – have been shown to increase optimal health in studies, including the inhibition of tumor formation in the body and also neutralize carcinogens.  Flavinoids – including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin – have been shown to act as antioxidants and help prevent oxygen related damage to cells.

Full of Vitamins and Minerals:

There are no shortage of vitamins and minerals in parsley.  The herb is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate and Iron.  The highest concentrated vitamin per serving is Vitamin K.  Vitamin K assists in bone health as well as helps the body respond normally to injury, specifically helping the blood clotting process.

Supports Kidney Function:

Parsley exhibits diuretic functions and in turn helps flush excess fluid out of your body.  This supports kidney function.  Parsley also contains oxalates so if you have existing kidney or gall bladder issues, it may cause problems for you.

**Fun Fact – The Ancient Greeks believed parsley sprung from the blood of the hero Archemorus after he was killed by a dragon. **

As we are headed into summer grilling season, here’s an easy, delicious, Green Light Tier approved steak marinade recipe including parsley!

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Recipe by:Ryan Chapman
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  1. Mix all ingredients together and add steak.
  2. Marinade for at least 2 hours for best flavor.

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