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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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7:22AM PDT on May 9, 2014

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3:27PM PST on Nov 22, 2013

I like fresh parsley tea with fresh lemon in the pot as well. It has a light savory taste, almost like a light veg broth. Yummy.

3:35AM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

Thank you. I do use parsley almost everyday. If I don't have fresh then I use dried (at least 1/3 of a small container) in most dishes. And my Dad's wife says it's just for color (I knew better! And who doesn't load homemade veggie soup and spaghetti sauce w/ it?! Such an easy toss in for mashed potatoes. And parsley tastes great dipped in salt water. Yum!)

12:13PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Ultra huge fan of using herbs to heal. Regularly use websites like,, (which has herb fairy books & lessons for kids). Learning about medicinal foods helps keep me on track for healthy eating. :)

4:07AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Thanks very much!

2:33AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Must get some parsley for the garden this summer.

6:01AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Thanks for sharing - seems like a lot of ancient remedies got it right - they might not have had the science but lots of fruits and veggies seem to be the trick to staving off most acquired diseases!

12:14PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

I have heard that Parsley had great benefits, thanks for expanding on them.

10:00PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

All greens are great.

4:27PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Although I don't really like the taste, I may add some to my diet to see if it helps my joints.

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