A powerhouse of nutrition: parsley and its many benefits
Parsley - probably not the first ingredient we think of when it comes to superfoods, but this herb has more to offer than just a pop of green on your plate. Parsley - the curly variety - actually offers a range of AMAZING nutritional benefits to our pets (and us!). A powerhouse of vitamins as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, we’re all about including it in our pets’ bowls. Read on for more about why parsley really is a paw-some herb:
1. It has anti-inflammatory properties
Parsley’s anti-inflammatory properties (including high levels of vitamin K) make it extra helpful for dogs and cats suffering from arthritis. Its high levels of vitamin K (which have been shown to fight inflammatory cells) also promote good liver health and improve the blood’s clotting abilities.
2. It's a powerful diuretic
As a diuretic, as well as being high in fibre, parsley can help with digestion and flushing out fluids from the body. It can also help fight urinary tract infections thanks to its diuretic and antimicrobial properties, which combat infection-causing bacteria.
3. A boost of nutrition
Packed with vitamin C, parsley provides an extra boost to our pets’ immune systems. Vitamin C also helps to fight against free-radicals in all water-soluble areas of the body, further reducing the development and progression of a wide variety of diseases. Parsley also has high levels of iron, magnesium and calcium - all great nutritional additions to your pet’s bowl!
4. It has cancer-fighting properties
Parsley is a known chemoprotective food - animal studies have shown it to inhibit tumour formation and even neutralise carcinogens.
Yes! Parsley also packs a punch of vitamin A (good for improving eye and immune health), as well as being rich in folic acids and antioxidants. It’s even been shown to increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood.
Are there any risks?
The curly-leafed variety is good for your pets, but ‘spring parsley’ can be toxic in large amounts so be sure to avoid that. Additionally, because of parsley’s diuretic properties, you may want to steer clear if your pet suffers from kidney problems.
What about Smack?
We LOVE parsley here at Smack Pet Food. We use only organic, GMO-free curly parsley grown right here in Canada. All but two of our formulas contain this super-herb - check out our offerings below!
As with any food, too much parsley could cause issues for your pet. Start with small quantities, and always consult your veterinarian with any concerns or questions.