Herb that originated in the Mediterranean region of Southern Italy, Algeria and Tunisia has been known as parsley. Many people use it in the food as a spice but are you aware of its health benefits? There are many nutrients found in parsley such as:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in parsley are known to help strengthen the immune system. The Vitamin A content helps to protect the surface of the eyes by keeping them moist. When Vitamin A is combined with other antioxidants, it can reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Food rich in beta carotene such as spinach and carrots are even more beneficial when combined with parsley.
Other carotenoids in parsley – lutein and zeaxanthin – are compounds that work hard to erase eye damage caused by environmental sources, such as UV radiation. These two carotenoids are known to reduce the risk of cataracts, while lutein works to inhibit biological processes that are known to be damaging to the retina.