Parsley is so much more than a plate dressing or even an after-dinner breath freshener.
This bit of greenery can hold its own against any other green as a worthy supplier of cell-protecting anti-oxidants known as flavonoids. The parts used are roots, seeds and leaves. It is high in nutrients notably Vitamin K and C and high in beta-carotene.
The best known of parsley's medicinal functions may be its effects on the urinary system as a diuretic. The roots have a stronger action than the leaves.
For digestive issues parsley may help stagnant digestion such as bloating, constipation or gas. We have a growing awareness that chronic inflammation in the body is a root of many chronic diseases including heart disease and cancer.
Eating foods high in anti-oxidants, like parsley, is one way to prevent oxidative stress and also increase the benefits of other anti-oxidants.
Large amounts regularly should be avoided if pregnant or breastfeeding or on blood-thinning medications.