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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194 comments

Carole R.
Carole R.yesterday

Thanks for the good information.

federico bortoletto

Grazie dell'articolo. Amo il prezzemolo.

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 days ago

parsley tea is not available in my super market so ill make some from fresh leaves and hope to get my antiinflamatory benefits

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 days ago

although i use parsley a lot already I am definitely gooing to get some parsley oil to try and save more of my hair

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 days ago

amazed at all the other uses

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 days ago

I always use parsley in conjunction with garlic when cooking because it eliminates the garlic breath you get when eating garlic ...

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 days ago

Thanks for sharing

sandy Gardner
sandy Gardner3 days ago

Thanks!

Cyn F.
Cyn F.5 days ago

Thanks

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers6 days ago

Thank you for sharing.