Is Celery Good for High Blood Pressure?


Author: Gabrielle Marks
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Summary: Celery IS good for high blood pressure. Researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center tested the effects of a chemical found in celery called 3-n-butyl phthalide and discovered that it works to relax the smooth muscles that line the blood vessels.

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Celery IS good for high blood pressure

Keep munching those celery sticks.  Celery isn't just an inexpensive, low-calorie snack that's good to ward off hunger until the next meal.  Celery has surprising health benefits including the ability to help lower blood pressure.

Researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center tested the effects of a chemical found in celery called 3-n-butyl phthalide and discovered that it works to relax the smooth muscles that line the blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure. ["A New Look at an Ancient Remedy: Celery", nytimes.com]

Additional Health Benefits of Celery

The improved blood flow in the blood vessels may also have a surprising side effect as a sexual enhancer. [Moritz, 214] In addition, celery has been linked to reducing the incidence of cancerous tumors, reducing cholesterol, and maintaining the body's electrolyte balance. ["Butyl Phthalide", fsu.edu]

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Works Cited

New York Times
"A New Look at an Ancient Remedy: Celery"
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/09/health/a-new-look-at-an-ancient-remedy-celery.html

Molecular Expressions: Images from the Microscope
"Molecular Expressions: Phytochemical Gallery - Butyl Phthalide"
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/phytochemicals/pages/butylphthalide.html

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