Italian parsley has the same health benefits as the curly variety. The leafy herb is a good source of vitamins A, B, C and K, and the minerals iron, potassium, and copper. Italian parsley also contains folate. Compounds in Italian parsley’s essential oils like limonene, eugenol and myristicin give the herb its aroma as well as antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids in Italian parsley, such as luteolin and apigenin give it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Italian parsley is used as a pallet cleanser and digestive aid.