celery is rich in antioxidants and helps blood pressure, gout and hot flashes

Celery is often overlooked as the common vegetable that sits in your salad as an unexciting afterthought. But, here are four health facts you may not know about the boring vegetable that plays an uncredited supporting role in your salad. . . .

1. Packed in Antioxidants
While other fruits and vegetables have gotten famous for their antioxidants, celery has gone unnoticed. Seemingly all fibre and water, celery packs a surprising punch of antioxidants. A just published systematic review of 9 studies discovered that celery “has powerful antioxidant characteristics” (J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med 2017;doi: 10.1177/2156587217717415. [Epub ahead of print]).

2. Lowers High Blood Pressure
Eating celery lowers blood pressure. The reason may be a compound in celery known as 3-n-butylphthalide (3nB). When 30 people with mild to moderate high blood pressure were given 150mg of celery seed extract a day that was standardized for 85% 3nB, their systolic and diastolic blood pressure both went down significantly. The decreases were impressive: systolic pressure went down by 8.2 mmHg and diastolic pressure by 8.5 mmHg (Natural Medicine Journal 2013;4(4):1-3). That may make standardized celery seed extract more powerful than drugs.

3. Eases Gout
Celery seems to reduce the formation, and possible the excretion, of uric acid, the guilty party that causes so much pain for gout sufferers. A thousand years ago, Hildegard von Bingen recommended “pulverizd celery seed” as an important part of a herbal combination for gout. A thousand years later, herb authority James Duke, Ph.D. recommended celery seed extract for the same reason.

One very small study has found that celery seed extract standardized for 85% 3nB helps relieve gout. A second, larger study of 70 people found that 75mg of the same celery seed extract taken twice a day for 3 weeks produced statistically and clinically significant improvements.

4. Menopause
Celery, along with parsley and fennel, belongs to a family of plants that hare high in phytoestrogens. So, eating celery may help reduce hot flashes.

So there’s your stalk tip for the day: eat more celery!

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