Sunday, December 28, 2014

Celery and blood pressure

Celery is an excellent source of antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and manganese. Celery contains calcium blockers and other plant chemicals that help prevent and treat arrhythmias and other compounds that help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Celery is high in apigenin, a chemical that expands the blood vessels and may help prevent high blood pressure. Celery is a traditional Asian folk remedy for high blood pressure.

In 1992, Minh Le, the father of a University of Chicago medical student was diagnosed with high blood pressure. His doctor prescribed standard antihypertensive medication.
Celery leaves

In the book The New Healing Herbs, Le ignored his doctor’s advice and began eating a ¼ pound of celery a day. Before long, his blood pressure dropped from 158/96 to 118/82.

Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center have found that very small amounts of a compound in celery, 3-n-butyl phthalide, can lower blood pressure in animals by 12-14 percent and cholesterol by about 7 percent.

It’s known in scientific circles that phthalide relaxes the muscles and arteries that regulate blood pressure.
Celery and blood pressure

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