The hypertension is currently one of the diagnoses are considered as pandemic. According to studies carried out by the International Society of Hypertension of New Zealand in 2001, it has been detected that high blood pressure would have caused more than 13% of premature deaths as well as more than 90 million disabilities in the world.

If your pressure is too high, it can damage your blood vessels, as well as your heart, kidneys, eyes, and brain. It is also a trigger for an increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and blindness.

Celery as a hypotensive

That is why today, in addition to different medicines, different alternatives have been sought to treat and combat hypertension . According to pharmacological professional William J. Elliot of the University of Chicago, United States, through extensive research it has been proven that celery is one of the natural foods that effectively act as hypotensive agents .

Thus reaching the conclusion that consuming four stalks of celery daily, high blood pressure has been reduced by 13% as well as cholesterol in the experiment with mice.

In addition to the benefits of celery , the substance detected as a high blood pressure inhibitor would be 3-n-butylphthalide . This substance found in celery would be the cause of preventing the diagnosis, becoming very beneficial for those who suffer from hypertension related to emotional stress.

Celery contains a phytochemical called phthalides, this phytochemical helps reduce the tension suffered by artery walls, and achieves an increase in blood flow which reduces blood pressure. The salt content of the celery stalk is low, you also get fiber, magnesium and potassium to help regulate blood pressure.

How to consume celery

As we mentioned earlier, the recommended dose of this vegetable to effectively combat high blood pressure is 4 stalks per day. It can be consumed in a variety of ways, such as in salads, juices, smoothies, or soups.

For juices it can be combined with apple and / or cucumber. It is highly advisable to consume it immediately after preparing said juice so that it does not lose its properties over time and in the morning.

According to medical information, By eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils, you get the limited potassium, calcium, magnesium, fiber, protein, and sodium you need to control your blood pressure. But it’s important to restrict sweets, sugary drinks, and red meat.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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