A recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research demonstrates how a compound found in parsley, when given to rats with breast cancer, caused the development of less tumors and also significant delays in tumor development compared to rats that were not given this compound. It’s called apigenin, commonly found in many plants but more highly concentrated in parsley.
Salman Hyder, the Zalk Endowed Professor in Tumor Angiogenesis and professor of biomedical sciences in the University of Missouri-Columbia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, gave the substance apigenin to rats with a particular form of breast cancer. Apigenin is not only found in parsley but also lower concentrations in celery, apples, oranges, nuts and other plants.
Some are calling this groundbreaking research because it shows how an easy to obtain, natural substance can stop certain breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing without the negative impacts associated with drugs and hormone replacement therapies.
Dr. Hyder found apigenin blocked new blood vessel formation and therefore slowed and sometimes totally stopped the development of tumors. “We don’t have specific dosage for humans yet,” Dr. Hyder said in a media statement, “However, it appears that keeping a minimal level of apigenin in the bloodstream is important to delay the onset of breast cancer. It’s probably a good idea to eat a little parsley and some fruit every day to ensure the minimal amount.”
Jay Kordich has been a huge proponent of parsley based on research going back decades, long before all the recent cancer research studies. If you have attended one of Jay’s live seminars over the last 30 or 40 years, you may recall Jay teaching about the power of parsley juice. Add a handful of parsley to your favorite vegetable juice recipe or make Jay’s recipe for Potassium Broth:
Here’s Jay making his Potassium Broth which includes parsley.