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7 Surprising Health Benefits of Parsley

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Parsley

Parsley is a pretty little Mediterranean herb that lends a sprinkling of color to your plate. But let’s not think of it as just a garnish—after all, parsley has been around for more than 2000 years, and boasts some time-tested benefits that you should know about.

  • Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C,  B 12, K and A. This means parsley keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system, too.
  • It helps flush out excess fluid from the body, thus supporting kidney function. However, the herb contains oxalates, which can cause problems for those with existing kidney and gall bladder problems.
  • Regular use of parsley can help control your blood pressure. The folic acid in this herb is like a tonic for your heart.
  • Parsley essential oil, when massaged into the scalp, may reduce hair loss.
  • Use parsley daily, and you’ll feel relief from joint pain. That’s because the herb has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Parsley tea relaxes stiff muscles and encourages digestion.
  • Studies indicate that parsley—especially its essential oil—may have a role in inhibiting cancerous tumors. In fact, scientists have billed it a ‘chemoprotective’ food.

On my recent visit to France, I had the chance to enjoy several delicious dishes garnished with parsley. Now I am back in India, and while we here are partial to cilantro leaves, I am going to flirt with dainty parsley in my cooking. Your suggestions are welcome!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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12:54AM PDT on Apr 7, 2015

Benefit of Parsley
Vitamin A: good for your eyes, skin and immune system - parsley gives you 36% of your daily needs in just 1 cup.
Folate: most notably important for pregnant women, but also for everyone else to have healthy blood and support your brain function - 1 cup of parsley contributes a whopping 23% of your daily intake.
Vitamin C: famous for boosting your immune system, it's also a key nutrient for your adrenal glands - parsley has you covered with 106% of your RDI in a cup.
Vitamin K: helps your blood clot properly and plays a role in bone mineralization - parsley tops the charts with 1093% of your daily needs for vitamin K.
Iron: the transporter of oxygen to your tissues and the garbage collector getting rid of carbon dioxide - parsley has 21% of your daily iron intake in a cup, and since it also has lots of vitamin C it should be absorbed very well.

1:39PM PDT on Mar 9, 2015

Thank you.

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2:50PM PST on Nov 20, 2014

good to know

12:53PM PST on Nov 9, 2014

If parsley can heal tumors, its abilities in this regard should definitely be investigated.

8:25PM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

i think u should try tabooli, a Lebanese salad made from mainly from parsley... u need parsley , fresh mint, tomatoes, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt. cut the leaves of the parsley and mint into small pieces... the tomatoes small squares,, and add the rest ... the amount of parsley should be double the amount of fresh mint.... it's very refreshing

3:10AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Thanks for great article !

10:11PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Thanks Angela C. I will try this. I grew parsley from seed this year and have a bumper crop beside the house.

9:43PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

A great dish to put parsley in is tuna pasta. All you need is some Angel Hair pasta, tuna, and olive oil. Sprinkle some fresh parsley on top and you have a delicious entree! (A dash of cayenne pepper is a great addition as well)

12:37PM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

I hardly ever buy parsley and when I buy it to use in a recipe the leftover stays in my fridge and rots until I notice it and throw it away. That is very interesting information. What do you do with the parsley stalks or is it only leaves that are used?

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