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Why Celery Lowers Blood Pressure

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Vegetables tend to lower blood pressure. Obviously, the profuse nutritional value associated with vegetables like celery provide unprecedented health advantages that naturally lower blood pressure, promote healthy cholesterol levels, encourage optimum cardiovascular function, in addition to catalyzing metabolism, thereby stabilizing weight, further facilitating longevity. Hence, a balanced dietary consumption of vegetables proves vital and indispensable to sustaining long-term health.

The superior nutritional quality of vegetables remains a well-known fact, evident to many reasonably intelligent, educated people in affluent societies. They contain an abundant source of various vitamins, minerals, nutrients, powerful anti-oxidants, and fiber, plus few calories, characteristics that collectively help to lower blood pressure.

For example, the copious combination of vitamins K, C, B6, potassium, calcium, magnesium dietary fiber, and iron present in celery, simultaneously accompanied by only 19 calories, serve as catalysts that contribute considerably to lowered blood pressure. Why?

Well, these components provide numerous cardiovascular benefits, and anything healthy for the heart and veins proves equally beneficial to blood pressure. Blood pressure rises proportionately with added stress, in much the same way that heart irregularities emerge during moments of distress.

So, stabilizing blood pressure tends to regulate the heart, and vice versa. Vitamins, minerals, and nutrients nourish the body, furnishing it with sufficient energy to counteract stress. However, celery also contains other less apparent, health conducive properties which tend to diminish high blood pressure and encourage healthy maintenance. These other less known chemical properties, such as phthalides, coumarins, and apigenin which tend to facilitate lowered blood pressure. Therefore, incorporating celery into your regular dietary regimen, as part of a balanced, comprehensive nutritional source, may indeed help lower blood pressure for individuals who suffer from hypertension.

Phthalide:
Many hypertension (high blood pressure) sufferers remain oblivious to perhaps the most significant ingredient present in celery, phthalide. Phthalides constitute an active compound within the chemical composition of celery.

Phthalide constitutes a critical component in lowering blood pressure because it relaxes smooth muscles inside the vessel walls, allowing them to dilate. Vessel wall proliferation functions primarily to allocate sufficient space for arteries so that blood may flow at a lower level of pressure. 

As aforementioned, stress levels commensurately affect both the cardiovascular and blood pressure. Stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, generally constrict blood vessels thereby hindering blood flow. Phthladine inhibits the production of tyrosine hydroxylase, an enzyme required to engender stress hormones, including catacholamines.

Coumarin:
Coumarins prevent the virulent, blood-born dissemination of carcinogenic particles called free radicals, pernicious pathogens that may cause severe cell damage by infiltrating tissues and organs, exploiting our bodies as hosts, a consequent byproduct due to excessive cortisol secretions.

Additionally, the formidable levels of coumarins available in celery bolster immunity, resistance against infection, by stimulating white blood cell activity. Therefore, coumarins indirectly lower blood pressure by significantly reducing stress hormones, thereby thwarting potentially threatening free-radicals.

Apigenin:
Celery possesses a naturally occurring chemical known as apigenin.  A bioflavonoid found in many green leafy vegetables, apigenin serves several purposes, including acting as an anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, anti-oxidant, lightening agent, anticarcinogenic, and antiseptic. Apigenin functions in a manner analogously equivalent to phthalides, also promoting vessel expansion, thereby preventing hypertension.

Furthermore, its powerful anti-carcinogenic and anti-oxidant properties likely lower blood pressure by preventing excess production of stress hormones, hence precipitating protection against free-radicals. 

Warning:
This information may not be suitable for everyone. Statements have not been evaluated by The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and/or any other federally regulated institution. If you suffer from any known condition that requires a special diet, please consult a qualified physician before altering diet or commencing any new nutritional regimen.

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About Michael Staib

  • http://www.pastymuncher.co.uk/ Pasty Muncher

    Blood pressure aside I am astonished how many books listed above focus on celery

  • http://www.pastymuncher.co.uk/ Pasty Muncher

    I did come across this helpful blood pressure information – watch out for the salt!

  • http://bipolaroni.com Rita C

    Good stuff. The thing I remember about celery before this came out – “It takes as many calories to consume, as exist in the portion”. So, I like the fact that it;s good for you and you lose weight and control blood pressure all at the same time. I am Italian and bipolar, that’s why my blog is called Bipolaroni. Some cooking tips there too> rit

  • http://pwinn.tumblr.com/ Phillip Winn

    Rita, that bit about celery being a net-zero-calorie food is, while true, not as helpful as you might hope.

    As far as blood pressure goes, my own experience (on the advice of my doctor) suggests that the #1 thing people can do to lower their blood pressure is to EXERCISE. Salt, again, not as much a factor as you might think.

  • http://bipolaroni.com Rita

    Hi Phil and thanks. I did read the article you had referenced before. I wasn’t imagining celery would turn my life around, and, my friends usually add salt to my great home made dishes!

    Ciao!
    Rita

  • http://www.blood-pressure-monitoring.org/ Milly

    Don’t forget that celery – especially the chopped leaves – is an excellent alternative to using salt to add flavor to cooked foods. Even if only in that way does it help lower blood pressure it should be championed.

  • carolyn

    I have a combo of high pressure–200/100 standin and called postural hypertension for which there is little treatment. Most meds don’t help a lot. I also have atrial fib and leaky heart valves. Drs would write more scripts. I was headed for a wheel chair. Found this site and tried celery. My pressure dropped in one hour.

  • Nancy

    Ya celery is very helpful. I include celery and wheatgrass in my juices.

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