What are the Health Benefits of Parsley?

Felicia Dye

Many of the health benefits of parsley are believed to stem from the abundance of minerals, such as iron and potassium, and the high levels of vitamins A, C, and K. These nutrients are believed to make the herb effective in the prevention of various illnesses, such as cancer. Parsley is commonly used for kidney and bladder conditions. It can also be used to replace water retention medications.

A steak with parsley.
A steak with parsley.

Parsley is an herb more widely known for its culinary use than its medicinal use. The curly variety is often used as garnish in restaurants. Many people make the mistake of pushing it aside and not eating it, thereby rejecting a substantial number of potential benefits.

Fresh parsley is commonly used to garnish food.
Fresh parsley is commonly used to garnish food.

One of the primary health benefits of parsley is its abundant nutrient content. Even if the herb was not consumed to address any particular problem, it has the potential to effectively contribute to overall good health. This herb is, however, effective for specific therapeutic reasons. For example, some lactating females use parsley to dry up their milk and other females use it to help regulate their menstrual cycles.

The high content of vitamin C and vitamin A contribute to parsley's credit as being a good disease-prevention herb. Parsley contains more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Vitamin C damages free radicals, and it has been shown to keep the immune system healthy. This is believed to prevent cellular damage and the development of cardiovascular and eye diseases.

Some research supports the use of this herb as an anti-carcinogen. This is believed to be due in part to vitamin A, which is considered an anti-carcinogen. It has also been found that cancer cannot thrive when the blood has adequate amounts of potassium.

Potassium is a mineral abundantly contained in parsley, which helps to contribute to the overall maintenance of good human health. The mineral is believed to contribute to parsley's reputation as a highly effective remedy for both bladder and kidney problems, such as treating infections of the two organs and treating kidney stones. Potassium also contributes to another of the widely exploited health benefits of parsley, the ability to increase water retention.

The presence of large quantities of vitamin K are responsible for more health benefits of parsley. To begin with, vitamin K helps the body absorb calcium, which is essential for healthy bones. Some medical professionals prescribe supplements of this vitamin to those suffering from osteoporosis, but herbalists tend to suggest diet modification, including the consumption of parsley.

Parsley may be an effective treatment for kidney stones.
Parsley may be an effective treatment for kidney stones.

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@bear7-- I've never used parsley for kidney stones but I have used it for kidney sand, which is a kind of precursor to kidney stones. And yes, I've had positive results with it.

Parsley as a remedy for kidney sand and stones was taught to me by my grandmother who was very into alternative medicine. She told me that boiling parsley stems and drinking the cooled water first thing in the morning can get rid of kidney sand. I've been using this remedy ever since when kidney sand occurs.

I boil parsley stems in a pot of water. I also add a few lemons and some green tea sometimes. These are also good for flushing the kidneys and help improve the taste. You must drink a glass of this every morning until the problem completely resolves. I recommend drinking it cool as it tastes a little better. You're never going to enjoy it so just chug it down.

I should mention though, I'm not a doctor and I've never had kidney stones. I believe some kidney stones are very serious and may even require surgery. You should always follow your doctor's instructions when it comes to treatment. Don't avoid treatment because parsley tea may not be the answer to your problem. You could use it as a supporting remedy for the benefits. Ask your doctor about it.


Does parsley really help with kidney stones? How do I use it? Do I eat it fresh? And how much should I eat?

I usually don't believe in herbal treatments but I would like to avoid serious treatments if the solution to my kidney stone is in parsley. I don't really like the herb but I will force myself to eat it if it will benefit me. If anyone has had a positive experience with parsley for kidney stones, please share.


My mom always puts some parsley in many of the meals that she makes like soup, meatballs and stews. She says that it's very healthy and will keep me from getting sick. She tends to use the herb more in winter for this reason. Vitamin C makes the immune system strong so parsley basically fights flus and colds.

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