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Dried Parsley: Can It Help Prevent Diseases?

Dried Parsley: Can It Help Prevent Diseases?

Dried parsley is a spice with a variety of health benefits. It is used in many traditional remedies and has many medicinal properties. 

Here’s what you need to know about dried parsley. Dried parsley is cheap. It can help you prevent many diseases if eaten regularly. And it packs a punch for your money. Researchers discovered that it could also help prevent cancer, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and much more. Read on and find out why this is so.

Dried Parsley Nutritional Profile

Dried parsley contains no sugar, salt, fat, or carbohydrates. And it’s very low in calories.

It is a good source of Vitamin K. (One tablespoon will give you 21.8 micrograms – 18% of the recommended daily allowance for an average adult)

Dried Parsley Is NOT A Rich Source Of Vitamins And Minerals

Despite what you may have read on other websites – (per serving of one tablespoon), dried parsley is NOT a good Vitamin C or A source. It is NOT a rich source of any vitamin, mineral, or amino acid, except for Vitamin K

For example, an orange has about 53 mg of Vitamin C. To get that much Vitamin C from dried parsley, you would have to eat over 26 tablespoons of it. One tablespoon of parsley contains only 2 mg of Vitamin C.

Looking through the Nutrition Value Data, you will see that almost all nutrients are at 0%, a couple at 1%, a few at 2%, one at 3%, and another at 7% – per one tablespoon of dried parsley. Any website claiming that dried parsley is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals is misinterpreting the facts.

As a general rule, a “good source” of a nutrient from food should have between 10% and 19% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) per serving of that specific nutrient. (1), (2), (3). This information is based on F.D.A. and USDA regulations.

However, it does not mean parsley can’t prevent disease or benefit you. On the contrary, dried parsley is a powerhouse, a “superfood,” for your health that fights diseases down to the cellular level.

How Does Parsley Help Prevent Diseases?

Dried Parsley: Can It Help Prevent Diseases?

Although dried parsley is not a good source of macronutrients (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) unless you eat a ton of it daily, it is a UNIQUE and RICH SOURCE of a non-nutritional phytochemical called “apigenin.”

Phytochemicals are plant compounds that benefit human health. 

  • Polyphenols are the primary subgroup in the phytochemical family studied by scientists.
  • Flavonoids are natural polyphenols with potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer) effects. 
  • Apigenin is a flavone, one of the subclasses of flavonoids that can fight numerous diseases down to the cellular level.

Apigenin is so powerful against many diseases that researchers classified it as a class II drug of Biopharmaceutical Classification System.

Dried Parsley Is The Richest Natural Source Of Apigenin

Dried parsley is the richest natural source of apigenin in the world. It contains by far the most apigenin than any other food. Let’s put this into perspective:

  • One gram (about 1/2 tablespoon) of dried parsley contains 45,035 mcg (45 mg) of apigenin. The next best source is chamomile (one gram), containing 3,000 to 5,000 mcg (3 to 5 mg) of apigenin. 

NOTE: Fresh parsley is a decent source of apigenin. It contains 215.5 mg of apigenin per 100 grams. However, in comparison, 100 grams of dried parsley would give you 4,500 mg of apigenin. If you want apigenin, dried parsley is the answer.

Apigenin Is Dried Parsley’s Ammunition Against Diseases

Dried parsley has been used for centuries in herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent and a disease fighter. Modern science has discovered that the primary reason for its potent health benefits is its high apigenin content. Let’s take a deep dive into what science has discovered about this powerful nutraceutical.

Apigenin Is The Heavyweight Champion Against Cancer

Numerous studies have shown the effectiveness of apigenin for different types of cancer, such as breast, liver, prostate, lung, and colon cancers.

Apigenin is a potent anti-tumor that damages cancer cells’ DNA, inhibiting their multiplication. 

In addition, many cancer cells acquire resistance to chemotherapy (chemoresistance), making this treatment ineffective. However, studies show that chemoresistance is suppressed when using apigenin with chemotherapy.

And yet another way apigenin works against cancer cells is by causing apoptosis (it kills the cancer cells).

Apigenin further fights cancer by preventing a malignant (harmful) tumor from attacking surrounding tissues.

Apigenin Is Effective Against Many Viruses

Apigenin Is Effective Against Many Viruses

Numerous studies show that apigenin can inhibit the following viruses: (Source at section 8.2)

  • enterovirus 71 (EV71)
  • herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 
  • hepatitis C virus 
  • influenza virus 
  • hand, foot, and mouth disease virus
  • African swine fever virus 

More interestingly, evidence showed that if you consume apigenin with sweet basil, it becomes a broad spectrum of antiviral. In other words, it can fight a multitude of viruses.

So, a good idea would be to use parsley and sweet basil together to get this beneficial effect.

Apigenin Is Antifungal

Studies show apigenin is a potent antifungal, especially against Candida albicans and Candida parapsilosis. Studies also show that apigenin is just as effective as terbinafine (AKA – Lamisil), an antifungal drug to which a prescription is needed in tablet form) (Source at section 8.3)

Apigenin Is A Potent Anti-inflammatory

An October 2021 review demonstrated the anti-inflammatory power of apigenin.

Studies on apigenin examined the body’s response to inflammation through tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and soluble TNF-α form (sTNF-α). 

TNF-α at low levels is considered protective from inflammation, while higher levels of sTNF-α can result in excessive and abnormal inflammatory responses. 

People with chronic inflammatory conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or Crohn’s disease have high levels of sTNF-alpha production, resulting in excessive and abnormal inflammatory reactions. 

The researchers showed that treatment with apigenin decreases serum concentrations of sTNA, confirming its anti-inflammatory properties.

Apigenin For Other Diseases And Ailments

Apigenin appears to have the undivided attention of scientists worldwide. The foremost reason for this is the extensive and positive results in the many studies conducted on it.

For example, apigenin has been proven to be effective for: (Source)

See an extensive comprehensive list of apigenin’s medicinal benefits in the chart below:

Cardiovascular DiseasesAntioxidant
Auto-immune diseasesHIV
Anti-inflammatoryHepatotoxicity
(fights liver toxicity)
Hemostasis
(the stopping of a flow of blood)
Multiple Sclerosis
Anti-angiogenic
(the ability to reduce unwanted
growth of blood vessels)
Nephrotoxicity
(fights kidney toxicity)
Muscle RegenerationArthritis
Anti-genotoxic
(Inhibits Damage to DNA)
Lung fibrosis
(inhibits thickening or scarring
of the tissue)
Alzheimer’s DiseaseMultidrug-resistant
ChemotherapeuticIschemia-Reperfusion Injury
(it helps with potential tissue damage
caused when blood supply
returns to tissue
Parkinson’s DiseaseImmuno-suppressive
Medicinal Properties Of Apigenin

Side Effects

Dried parsley is regarded as safe for use. There are no known toxic effects. The FDA also gave it GRAS (Generally Considered As Safe) status.

However, if you eat a large amount daily long-term, it can cause kidney or liver problems.

If you experience any unusual side effects, stop using it and consult your medical provider.

Dosage

There is no particular amount of dried parsley that has been established for use daily. However, one or two tablespoons daily will do you no harm, using common sense. It should not be abused. In other words, don’t eat ten tablespoons daily.

With one to two tablespoons daily, you will reap all the parsley’s health benefits. Mix it into your food.

Summary

Dried parsley can fight and treat many diseases. It is the best natural source for apigenin, a potent flavonoid proved to keep you healthy. 

This herb daily will fortify your body and support immune system function, making it ready for whatever pathogen comes in its way.