I love Tabouli salad! Especially the traditional Lebanese preparation. It has so much delicious parsley, and so many wonderful health benefits! If you are looking for more ways to get greens into your diet, this is a very delicious way to do it. Parsley is green and high in chlorophyll, so we know it is good, but check out how good!
Health Benefits of Parsley
The root contains calcium, B-complex vitamins, and iron, all of which nourish the glands that help regulate the uptake of calcium. It is a source of both magnesium and calcium, and especially rich in potassium. Parsley is high in vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin C. As a wholesome organic-food it is also a good choice for bone health with vitamin K (536 mg in an average serving).
Traditionally parsley has been used for congestion and inflammation of the kidneys and bladder, stones, and urine retention. The root and leaves are excellent for the liver and spleen. It is also one of the best reliefs for edema, helping when other remedies have failed; parsley is a very reliable diuretic remedy often ignored today. Parsley root and seeds contain ingredients that help produce a pain relieving benefit to relax stiff joints.
Parsley works on the gall bladder and will remove gallstones if used properly by taking a pint of the tea daily. Parsley is great for the adrenal glands, and is powerfully therapeutic for the optic nerves, the brain, and the sympathetic nervous system. Parsley juice is an excellent tonic for the blood vessels, particularly the capillaries and arterioles. Parsley can help with expelling watery poisons, excess mucus, flatulence (gas), and reducing swollen or enlarged glands.
But remember that raw parsley juice is very potent and should never be taken alone, in quantities of more than one or two ounces at a time, unless it is mixed into a sufficient amount of carrot or other juices. It is best to avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant, especially the use of the volatile essential oil.
Gayle Eversole, DHom, PhD, MH, NP, ND, is a natural health educator and advocate. Celebrating 50+ years blending science and the natural healing arts. Visit: www.leaflady.org