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Pretty Parsley's Health Benefits

Updated on August 21, 2020
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Seafarer Mama (Karen) loves to lose herself in the culinary arts by mixing her storytelling with sharing recipes.

Parsley Growing in Our Herb Garden

Flat-leafed Italian-style parsley growing in our community herb garden. Parsley likes to have her own spot in an herb garden, and is as pretty as she is healthy.
Flat-leafed Italian-style parsley growing in our community herb garden. Parsley likes to have her own spot in an herb garden, and is as pretty as she is healthy. | Source

Overcoming a Dark Reputation

An Introduction to Parsley

Parsley's past was pretty shady. The Greeks and the English cultivated the herb 2,000 years ago, but associated the herb with death and loss because the bodies of the dead were wrapped in parsley to alleviate the odor and to add a fresh aroma. They also believed that transplanting parsley was bad luck because it displeased the local plant spirits, who punished the misdeed with suffering that often held fatal consequences. Because of the plant's reputation, it was rarely mixed with food. People stayed away from it because they also believed it caused headaches and siezures. Those were pretty dark ages indeed, especially for poor parsley.

Tropical Origins

Parsley originated in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea: Greece, Italy, Algeria and Tunisia. Its Latin names are Petroselinum hortense (flat leaves) and Petroselinum crispen (curly leaves). The plant needs lots of moisture and light to grow.

Parsley Leaves for Cooking and Garnishing

Fresh parsle leaves in a mortar, with pestle ready for pulverizing to release flavor.
Fresh parsle leaves in a mortar, with pestle ready for pulverizing to release flavor. | Source
Parsley in small wooden bowl and spoon, ready to add to a plate of food as a garnish.
Parsley in small wooden bowl and spoon, ready to add to a plate of food as a garnish. | Source

Parsley's Promising Presence

Fast forward to the twenty-first century. Modern humans know better than to suspect parsley of malevolence. The green herb has leaves with a pleasing shape. Its flavor is fresh and sweet. Though it does like to keep its own space in the herb garden and prefers to be cultivated from seeds. There is more to love about parsley than was expected.

Health Benefits of Eating Parsley

Curious minds and souls across the years have observed more than just the outward appearance of parsleys' leaves and stems. They found that parsley rewards her believers with a bunch of health benefits:

Immunity Boost

Parsley boosts our immunity and helps prevent cancer.

Balances Blood Sugar

Parsley naturally aids our blood cells in balancing their glucose level.

Strengthens Bone Health

Parsley has been successful in alleviating Osteoporosis for those prone to the disease.

Supports Brain Health

This leafy green herb supports neuron growth and health, and helps prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Detox for Kidneys

Parsley helps rid our kidneys of toxins, but might cause some suffering for people prone to developing kidney stones.

Metabolic Metabolism

Balances the levels of all elements in our bloodstream

Rejuvenates Skin

We know by now that Parsley is more than just a pretty leaf. She also shares her beauty with her admirers by giving those who appreciate her more youthful skin.

Freshens Breath

She shares her sweetness as well, by freshening our breath when we chew on her.

Parsley's Generous Health Benefits

Nutrients in Parsley
Health Skin Deep
Physical Health Benefits
Vitamin A
Rejuvenates Skin
Bone Health (alleviates Osteoporosis)
Vitamin C
Brain Health (boosts neurons) & prevents Alzheimer's + Parkinson's
Vitamin K
Prevents Blood Clots & supports bone health
Folates & Fiber
Good for Pregnant Moms for preventing Spina Bifida in infants
Flavonoids & Carotenoids
Reduces blood pressure and helps prevent stroke
General metabolic balance

Refreshing Summer Tuna Salad

A refreshing summer tuna salad with parsley garnish
A refreshing summer tuna salad with parsley garnish | Source

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Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 3 - 4 people


  • 1 pouch chunk light tuna in water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, then sliced or chopped
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed & sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1 sheet nori, torn into small pcs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  1. Toss pumpkin seeds with a few spritzes of olive oil and a light sprinkling of salt and pepper. Spray skillet with olive oil and add pumpkin seeds. Toast until lightly browned.
  2. While pumpkin seeds are toasting, prepare all of the dry ingredients and add them to a large salad bowl.
  3. Add toasted pumpkin seeds.
  4. Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  6. Serve in bowls or on plates.

Seafarer Mama's "Refreshing Summer Tuna Salad" is Packed with Nutrients

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 488
Calories from Fat216
% Daily Value *
Fat 24 g37%
Saturated fat 15 g75%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 13 g52%
Protein 27 g54%
Cholesterol 8 mg3%
Sodium 181 mg8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Addendum of Nutrition Notes on Parsley

Nutritious Parsley

The nutrition information for the tuna salad recipe,cited in the chart above, was compiled from data found on the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) food nutrition information site.

There are so many delicious ways to add parsley to your meals every day, so try a few and pick your favorites. Some of mine include:

  • Garnish for salads and soups
  • Ingredient in salads, soups, casseroles, etc.
  • Juice or smoothie ingredient

Bon appetite!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Karen A Szklany


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