Fresh roots are a good source of vitamin-C which is a powerful water-soluble anti-oxidant, easily available to us from natural sources. It helps the human body maintain healthy connective tissue, teeth, and gum. Their anti-oxidant property helps protect from diseases and cancers by scavenging harmful free radicals from the body.
As in carrots and other members of apiaceae family vegetables, parsnips too
contain many poly-acetylene anti-oxidants such as falcarinol, falcarindiol,
panaxydiol, and methyl-falcarindiol.
Several research studies from scientists at the University of Newcastle at
Tyne found that these compounds have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and
* Sources~ http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/parsnips.html