A highly concentrated green that reads like a multivitamin with the added benefit of powerful phytochemicals
If only food could talk. What would a bowl of nutritionally useless white-flour noodles floating in a saturated-fat cream sauce say to the accompanying parsley garnish, which is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world? The slurred vowels coming from the fat-jowled pasta would probably mock the small but more powerful parsley as the unreasoning omnivore throws it aside like useless trash to devour the impotent slop below. But, at the very least, we can only hope that this discarded green will be later appreciated by radiantly healthy rodents living in the adjacent back alley.
Actually, using parsley as a garnish is not a new habit and can be rooted back to the ancient Romans. The difference is, they saw this potent green plant as so much more than just a pretty face, using parsley as an important medicine. Ancient civilizations have used parsley in medications applied to wounds, poultices, boils, cysts, and to draw the pus out of an infected cut. And now we know there is science to back up parsley’s more complex nature.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Parsley Juice
Parsley Juice Nutrition
A highly concentrated green that reads like a multivitamin with the added benefit of powerful phytochemicals, just one cup of parsley contains a mere 22 calories, 133% of your required daily intake of vitamin C, 101% of vitamin A, and 21% of your daily need of iron. This garnish is also a very good source of fiber, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. Parsley is a good source of protein, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, zinc, phosphorus, and pantothenic acid. White Alfredo sauce blushes red while remaining nutritionally deficient.
Parsley Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
- Vitamin C
- Fibre (when eaten)
- Vitamin K
Parsley Juice is a good source of:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Parsley Juice
Parsley is one of the highest sources of life-giving chlorophyll, which acts like iron to oxidize the blood. It is a cleanser of the kidneys, liver, and urinary tract. Parsley is effective for upset stomachs by stimulating digestive enzymes, and is excellent for the colon by encouraging the peristaltic wave in the intestines. Parsley has long been used as a nerve stimulant and, although there may not be any studies to support their claim, avid juicers the world over call this green juice an “energy drink,” testifying that adding a generous supply of parsley to their veggie juice enhances workouts, and is a healthy alternative to Gatorade.
Preparing for Juicing
Rinse well. To maximize juice yield, push parsley through the hopper with a carrot or apple.
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Parsley Juice Tips
Parsley grows very well inside the home year-round, making it a hands-on education for children—from soil to juicer, and into every cell of their developing bodies. Another helpful tip: the added chlorophyll in parsley helps to neutralize the strong odor of garlic and onion, garnishing garish breath with a sweet freshness.
Picking Perfect Produce
Flat parsley and curly parsley have the same nutritional value, although the flat type (Italian Parsley) is less bitter with a stronger parsley taste. Look for healthy, dark green leaves devoid of wilting or yellowing.
Storing Your Produce
Will keep fresh in the refrigerator for a week.
Parsley juice added to vegetable juice enters directly into the bloodstream, immediately impacting every cell with a wide spectrum of nutrients. A cup of parsley is a great addition to any veggie juice, giving the whole mix a deep green hue. Half a lemon will lift any green juice’s pungent flavor; I never juice my veggies without one.