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Parsley Health Benefits, Uses And Its Side Effects

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2020

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The health benefits of parsley include controlling cancer, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps prevent osteoporosis. Furthermore, parsley acts as a pain reliever with anti-inflammatory properties and provides relief from gastrointestinal issues such as indigestion, stomach cramps, bloating, and nausea, while helping to strengthen the immune system.


Parsley or garden parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a species of flowering plant in the family Apiaceae. Called ‘Ajmood’ in Hindi, it is widely cultivated as a spice, herb, and vegetable. It is basically used in two forms: leaf and root and accounts as one of the most essential diet food for a healthy lifestyle.

Nutritional Value of Parsley

The nutrients present in parsley include vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, choline, folates, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and copper.

Parsley juice acts as a vital source of volatile compounds such as myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. Its leaves are a great source of energy, carbohydrates, fat, and protein.

Nutritional facts Per 30.40 grams

0.24 g
Total Fat
17.02 mg
168.42 mg
1.92 g
Total Carbohydrate
0.90 g

Vitamins and Minerals

14 %
Vitamin A
54 %
Vitamin C
10 %
4 %

Health Benefits of Parsley

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Mentioned below are the best health benefits of eating parsley leaves and juice. You can use dried parsley leaves in different cooking recipes. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of parsley leave aids in kidney health, high blood pressure, gout, acid reflux, and bad breath. We also discuss the side effects of eating too much parsley and how you can use parley in various ways such as parsley tea, parsley water, juice, salad, and more.

Drink Parsley Juice to Treats Night Blindness

Night blindness is caused by a deficiency in vitamin A, and parsley, being rich in this vitamin, can aid in the treatment of the condition. Parsley root juice has two antioxidants — pro-vitamin A carotenoid and beta-carotene which protect the retina and cornea from damage as someone ages, helping to prevent eye disorders like macular degeneration and cataracts.

Anti-Cancer Powers of Parsley Leaves

Parsley has high amounts of the flavonoid known as apigenin and nique elements in its oil known as volatile oil components — myristicin, limonene, eugenol and alpha-thujene Parsley root juice helps in preventing cancer formation, in particular slowing tumor growth, neutralizing oxidative stress and fighting off carcinogens from harming the body and preventing cancers of the breast, skin, colon, and prostate .

Diuretic Effects of Parsley Juice

Two ingredients in parsley oil can be credited for the herb’s diuretic properties – apiol and myristicin. Parsley has found immense use as a diuretic that helps in checking various diseases such as kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and gallbladder stones.

Parsley leaves benefits digestive health because it helps stimulate kidney production of urine and draws excess water out of the abdomen, where it can cause discomfort and indigestion.

Benefits of Parsley for Immune System

The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in parsley are beneficial for strengthening and recovering immunity. Vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, and niacin each act on different aspects of the immune system.

Vitamin A acts directly on lymphocytes or white blood cells, thereby increasing their activity. The chlorophyll contained in parsley has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Parsley herb hosts antioxidant properties and antibacterial properties, making it an ideal source for various home remedies.

Add Parsley Leaves in Your Diet to Promotes Bone Health

Parsley contains extremely high levels of vitamin K that is necessary for maintaining bone density, bone strength and fighting fractures. This mineral along with calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and phosphorus promote bone health. Parsley also inhibits bone resorption

Parsley Aids In Anemia Treatment

Being rich in iron, parsley leaves being rich in vitamin C, promotes better iron absorption – which, in turn, helps treat anemia.

Antibacterial Properties of Parsley Leave Juice

Parsley exhibits antibacterial properties,especially against the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus.The essential oils from organic parsley offers antibacterial (and antioxidant) properties.Parsley is also effective against gram positive and gram negative bacteria. Parsley plants can be used for medicinal purposes.,

Powerful Benefits of Parsley for Healthy Heart

Parsley juice is a good source of folic acid, one of the most important B vitamins required by the boduy. High levels of homocysteine, when present in the body,significantly increasethe risk of heart attack and stroke in people with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.

Parsley leaves convert homocysteine into benign molecules. Parsley can be a good low-salt addition which helps to keep heart healthy.

Parsley Juice Supports Gland Health

Parsley intake has the ability to reduce swollen and enlarged glands. It can also eject watery poisons and excess mucoid matter from the body.The herb is also known to calm adrenal glands.The root of parsley contains calcium, iron, and B-complex vitamins – all of which nourish the parathyroid glands and support to maintain an overall healthy gland health.

Best Drink to Improves Ear Health

Parsley leave juice is one of the herbs that can help clear inner ear fluid and provide better hearing. Parsley naturally moves mucous throughout the body and thus it can help the fluid flow out of the ear more effectively.

Uses of Parsley

Parsley leaves help to rejuvenate blood vessels, treat diarrhea and edema, improve hearing conditions, wrinkles , acne, dirk circles. It also provides nourishment to hair for better hair growth by blood circlution processes.


Side-Effects & Allergies of Parsley

The consumption of huge quantities of parsley herb may cause uterine contractions during pregnancy. Use of parsley leaves are not safe for women who are breastfeeding. It can make skin extra sensitive to sun, which may cause the rash and inflammations on the skin. Also, parsley might cause the body to hold onto sodium (salt), and this increases water retention.

Cultivation of Parsley

Parsley is native to the central Mediterranean region (southern Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia), naturalized elsewhere in Europe. Parsley leaves grows best in moist, well-drained soil, with radiant sunlight. It grows best between 22–30 °C (72–86 °F), and usually is grown from seed. Germination of the seed is usually a slow process, taking four to six weeks.


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    Written ByDrx Hina FirdousPhD (Pharmacology) Pursuing, M.Pharma (Pharmacology), B.Pharma - Certificate in Nutrition and Child CarePharmacology
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    Reviewed ByDt. Ms. Shilpa MarwahB.Sc (Home Science), Post Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health NutritionDietitian/Nutritionist

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