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Vitamin K

Two tablespoons of parsley have a whopping 153% of the RDA of vitamin K, which is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a protein that strengthens the composition of our bones. Vitamin K also prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Finally, the vitamin K found in parsley is essential for synthesizing sphingolipid, the fat needed to maintain the myelin sheath around our nerves, and therefore our nervous system as a whole.


Eating a wide variety of herbs is just as important as eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. When eaten as part of a balanced diet they will help prevent some of these diseases and play a vital role in our overall health.

Herbs contain valuable vitamins, minerals and antioxidants just like all fruits and vegetables. What antioxidants do is to help neutralise the damaging free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are dangerous molecules that can destroy cells in our bodies. This damage can lead to the onset of certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart disease as well as causing premature ageing as they cause tissue damage.

Free radicals are caused by environmental pollutants such as cigarette smoking, herbicides, excessive exercise, stress, radiation and car exhaust fumes. They are very unstable and like to bond with other molecules. Antioxidants, which are present in many foods, are molecules that prevent these harmful free radicals from damaging healthy tissue.

We come into contact of at least some of these free radicals in our normal day to day lives. As there are far too many for our bodies to cope with we need to ensure that we take enough antioxidants to counter activate the effects of the free radicals.

Antioxidants are found in fresh foods like vegetables and fruits, in particular in Vitamin A, E, and beta-carotene and they stop free radicals from causing enormous damage. This is one of the reasons why there is so much publicity about eating five portions of fruits and vegetables a day.

The best way to get antioxidants is from a healthy balanced diet rather than from vitamin supplements. This is because the body can absorb them easily. As antioxidants work in different areas of the body it is advisable to eat as wide a range of them as possible.

As well as eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables in as many different colors as possible e.g. red and green grapes, another source is from herbs.


Perform regular weight bearing exercise such as walking and lifting weights

Stop smoking

Limit alcohol intake (no more than 2 per day)

Eat calcium rich food such as low-fat dairy products, sardines and salmon

Eat plenty of vegetables for vitamins and trace minerals, and plenty of soya products for isoflavones

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