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Benefits of celery in handling the risk of hypertension

celeryHealthy lifestyle, weight loss, and a decrease in NaCl intake can lower the risk of hypertension. Drug therapy is needed if the intervention is not efficient in lowering blood pressure. Treatment is recommended for hypertension with blood pressure of > 140/90 mmHg, and to achieve ideal blood pressure, most of the treatment of hypertension will require more than one drug. However, hypertension drugs can also cause side effects such as headache, dizziness, tachycardia, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction.

Nowadays, there are many herbal remedies for hypertension, for example, garlic, chili, and pepper. Apium graveolens, commonly known as celery, is a species of plant in the family of Apiaceae; in a pharmacological studies showed antioxidant activity, hypolipidemic, anti-inflammatory, and in traditional medicine, celery was used also as antihypertensive drugs. In last studies, celery extract has been shown to help prevent stroke, improve blood flow, protect the brain as well as increase energy production.

Celery contains 3-n-butylphthalide (3nB), the compound that is responsible for the characteristic and flavor of celery, but has also been reported to lower blood pressure in a preliminary study. 3nB first attracted scientific attention when researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center identified as a factor in celery that is responsible for blood pressure lowering effect of celery.

One advantage of celery extract in conventional medicine is that’s beta-blocker, ACE inhibitors, and calcium channel blockers tend to lower cerebral blood flow. The effect helps lower the chances of stroke, but it often leads to fatigue, depression, and dizziness. While celery extract in animal studies may help in preventing stroke, improve blood flow, and protect the brain as well as increase energy production, this vegetable led to a dramatic recovery of neurological function and brain in last animal studies. In addition, celery extract can also increase the life span of mice with hypertension.