Four Ways Celery Will Help Fibromyalgia Sufferers
Growing up, my mother always put celery on my plate if I asked for an afternoon snack. I was usually resistant, unless of course she spread peanut butter into the hollow of it and placed little raisins, or “ants” as she would say, across the celery “log”. No little boy in a proper frame of mind can resist eating “ants” and peanut butter.
Now as an adult, I’ve realized that the snack did more than just squash my hunger and excite my imagination. As it turns out, celery has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal tool to promote better health. Western science is only recently catching up and its research is showing promising benefits, including – but not limited to – pain relief, reduction of inflammation, lowering of blood pressure, and promotion of sleep/relaxation. Lets take a deeper look:
Celery Seed extract has a history of use in relieving pain from fibromyalgia, arthritis and gout. Research suggests that the compound 3-n-butylphthalide (3nB), found in celery, is responsible for its powerful healing powers. This powerful compound works to fight the COX-1, COX-2 and 5-LOX enzymes, which are pain triggers in your body.
In one study, patients received 34mg of celery seed extract twice daily for 12-weeks. At the end of the trial period, the average reduction in pain was reported to be 68%. Some patients even reported a 100% reduction in pain. As more studies and trials are conducted, we expect to learn more about how this herb can relieve chronic pain.
Another way celery seed extract fights pain is through it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Not only is it rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Flavonoids, but researchers have discovered at least a dozen other antioxidants in celery seed extract. These antioxidants work to reduce inflammation by fighting harmful free radicals in the body and thereby interfering with the inflammation process.
Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is usually the result of too much fluid in the blood or hardened blood vessels. In either case, the result is an increase in pressure of the flow of blood through your vessels. Celery contains phytochemicals, which work to relax the muscle tissue in your artery walls, making them more flexible and allowing for smoother and increased blood flow. And unlike many drugs, celery will not reduce blood flow to the brain, meaning your cognitive abilities won’t be impaired.
Celery also acts as a natural diuretic, stimulating urine production. This helps lower excessive fluid levels in the body and rids it of harmful toxins.
Promotes Relaxation & Sleep
Celery is well known to promote relaxation and sleep. This is due to in part to its alkaline minerals, which help calm the nervous system. The result is reduced levels of stress and anxiety and higher quality sleep.
A quick search of ‘celery’ online will show you these benefits are only the tip of the iceberg. Celery has emerged from the shadows and packs enough health benefits to match its powerful crunch.
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