Did you know that parsley is a powerful little plant full of amazing health benefits? It’s dark green color comes from the chlorophyll content which makes it good for cleansing the body. Parsley is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, C, folate, and iron. It also contains some bone-building calcium and heart-healthy potassium. If you suffer from bad breath, try chewing on a sprig of parsley! It has a long history of being used as a natural breath freshener. Parsley also contains some tryptophan, it can help promote sleepiness at night. Parsley is also a good source of free-radical fighting manganese.
Swiss chard has been known for its health-promoting properties since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It is one of the more popular vegetables in the Mediterranean region but it is slowly gaining popularity here in the United States. Both the roots and the leaves of Swiss chard contain good amounts of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. Swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamin C which has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer. For those who do not drink dairy, Swiss chard is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K. This makes the vegetable a good food for building strong bones. Swiss chard is also full of potassium and combined with the magnesium, this makes it a good food for the heart. It is also an excellent source of vitamin A because of its concentration of beta-carotene. These are important nutrients in promoting healthy eyes and good vision.
DID YOU KNOW:
– Overcooking Swiss chard can cause it to loss 50 percent of its nutrients. It is a rather delicate vegetable, so when cooking it, try to keep it al dente.
– Recent studies show that Swiss chard is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients that help to promote healthy eyes.
Osteoporosis occurs when the inner mesh of the bone develops large holes and makes the bone fragile and prone to fracture. It can be caused by many things including a lack of vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, and malabsorption. It can also be caused by a poor diet, too much coffee, carbonated drinks, and alcohol. To prevent osteoporosis and keep your bones healthy and strong, eat plenty of green vegetables for magnesium (like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage), and raw nuts and seeds (like almonds and sesame seeds). Foods that are high in essential fatty acids are vital for healthy bones. Good sources include pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, olives, and flaxseed oil (I recommend using Barlean’s Organic flaxseed oil….it’s one of my favorites). Oats are a good food for bone health as well as hazelnuts, figs, quinoa, and beans. Carrots, celery, and brown rice are full of healthy nutrients to promote bone health.