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Blood Pressure’s Secret: Well-known Veg; Little-known Herb

by in Health Tips June 24, 2022

High blood pressure is no secret. Half of all American adults and nearly a quarter of all Canadian adults have high blood pressure. But a herb that can treat it is still a secret. Want to be let in on the secret?
It’s no secret in China. Traditional Chinese medicine has long recommended celery for lowering high blood pressure.
A compound that is unique to celery, known as 3-n-butyl phthalide, can lower blood pressure. And you only need to eat about 4 stalks of celery a day to get enough.
Preliminary research has found that 150mg a day of celery seed extract, standardized for 85% 3-n-butylphthalide can significantly lower blood pressure in people with mild to moderate high blood pressure (Natural Medicine Journal 2013;4(4):1-3).
Now this ancient tradition and preliminary research has been put to the test in a controlled study for what may be the first time.
The just published study is a triple-blind, placebo-controlled study of 52 people with high blood pressure. Each person was given either a placebo or 1.34g of celery seed extract a day for 4 weeks.
The celery seed extract significantly lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure dropped from 141.2 to 130, and diastolic blood pressure dropped from 92.2 to 84.2.
Mean arterial blood pressure and pulse pressure also significantly decreased. In comparison, there was no significant improvement in the placebo group. The celery seed extract was as safe as the placebo.
Now you know the secret. Celery seed extract can help you safely manage your high blood pressure.
Phytother Res. 2022 May 27. doi:10.1002/ptr.7469