Water Dropwort (leaf)

Water Dropwort, Oenanthe javanica, also commonly known as Chinese celery or Japanese parsley, is grown in several countries of eastern Asia, as well as in Italy and India, where in the Spring it is a popular vegetable. Water dropwort contains small amounts of macronutrients and minerals, and appreciable amounts of the carotenoid lutein1. Test tube and animal studies suggest that extracts of water dropwort can provide protection to the liver2,3.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Kongkachuichai R, Charoensiri R, Yakoh K, Kringkasemsee A, Insung P. Nutrients value and antioxidant content of indigenous vegetables from Southern Thailand. Food Chem. 2015;173:838-46.
  2. Yang SA, Jung YS, Lee SJ et al. Hepatoprotective effects of fermented field water-dropwort (Oenanthe javanica) extract and its major constituents. Food Chem Toxicol. 2014;67:154-60.
  3. Han YQ, Huang ZM, Yang XB, Liu HZ, Wu GX. J Ethnopharmacol. 2008;19;118:148-53.