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Experts highlight side effects of Celery and Parsley

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Parsley and celery are present in many cuisines around the world, but both foods hide many side effects only a few know about this.

Like the juices of some citrus fruits, celery and parsley are photosensitizing plants, so they can cause Phytophotodermatitis (PPD) – a cutaneous phototoxic inflammatory eruption resulting from contact with light-sensitizing botanical substances, also known as furanocoumarins. 

However, some people are allergic to celery and parsley but they do know about it and it may result in skin rashes to anaphylaxis.

Celery can also cause sensitivity to the sun, increasing the risk of dermatitis, sun damage, and photoaging.

The best-known example of phytophotodermatitis are, perhaps, burns caused by lemon juice. However, parsley and celery can also cause severe burns, said a biologist.

“Celery is extremely dangerous, it causes very, very severe burns,” the specialist stressed.

According to many studies, Celery can cause side effects like diarrhea after drinking celery juice, can contribute to increased blood pressure levels, increased hunger and appetite, plays a key role in blood clotting, and can cause phytophotodermatitis.

The expert argued that burns caused by celery are actually more common than people might imagine. However, few are aware of the danger that this food hides.

Celery and parsley can cause reddish lesions on the skin, which, depending on the severity of the burn, can form blisters

On other hand, consumption of parsle can cause can cause other side effects like “tired blood” (anemia) and liver or kidney problems.

Excessive consumption of parsley should be avoided by pregnant women. Normal food quantities are safe, but consuming excessively large amounts may stimulate contractions.

Parsley is a natural diuretic, which means it acts like a “water pill” to cause the body to lose water. Taking parsley along with other diuretics like Lasix (furosemide) and Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide) might cause the body to lose too much water, which may make you dizzy or cause your blood pressure to dip too low.

If you take lithium, only use parsley under your doctor’s supervision; the herb’s diuretic effects may cause lithium toxicity.

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