What you need to know about celery seeds and how it can help your gout
Celery seed has been used as medicine for thousands of years in many parts of the world but not that well known here in the West. Indian Ayurvedic medicine used celery seed to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases. Celery seed is a very powerful and flavorful spice that you can dress your salad with, you can also add it in soups and curries. Celery seed goes beyond its’ culinary use since it has many health benefits as an alternative medicine for us gout sufferers backed by many people who suffer from the disease. Celery seeds can relieve and prevent many conditions like gout, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol and hypertension.
What makes celery seeds so effective?
Celery seeds are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, diuretic oils (3-n-Butylpthalidewhich which gives celery its distinctive smell and taste) a very powerful diuretic that cleanses the system of excess fluids and like other diuretics which include coffee and guarana, celery seed stimulates the kidneys causing the body to flush out uric acid and the crystals that causes gout in the first place. What it does is, it enables your renal system to excrete uric acid more effectively as well as alkalize your blood. It does this by helping your body get rid of too much water by increasing your urine output.
Celery seeds also help with lowering inflammation and according to James Duke, Ph.D., a medical botanist formerly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and author of the best sellers “The Green Pharmacy” and “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook”; celery seeds contain about twenty different anti-inflammatory agents! This is a man that had gout and used celery seed extract to keep his uric acid levels in check. He claims to not have had a gout attack since! In addition, according to Kerry Bone, a leading expert on herbal remedies has stated that it works brilliantly with his patients. But the truth is there haven’t been many studies done to scientifically prove that celery seed is indeed an effective treatment on gout except for a study done in China using lab rats which did indeed conclude that celery seed did decrease uric acid levels in those rats. (Published in 2008 Food Science by authors Tong Guo-hui, Zhang Yi, Zhang Yao-nan, Li Hong, Liu Jie)
How do I use celery seed?
Celery seed can be taken naturally as fresh or as dried seeds but it is not recommended to eat the seeds themselves as they tend to be bitter and can be hard to swallow. They are also available as tablets and the recommended dosage is 500 mg (standardized to 450 mg of celery seed extract) 2 times daily. Furthermore, it can be taken in capsules filled with celery seed oil and finally you can also take it as an extract which works best. Since celery seed is a diuretic, it is important to drink plenty of water.
What is in celery seed?
Like all medicinal plants, the oils of the celery plant are most concentrated in the seed providing us with the strongest medicinal effect. Celery seeds contain several substances including volatile oils like flavonoids (luteolin and apigenin which both have very strong anti-inflammatory properties), antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, coumarins, mild blood-thinning compounds and diuretic oils. All these combined compounds work together to fight a number of common conditions like gout.
Are there any risks?
If you are obviously allergic to celery seeds, it can be very dangerous for you, if not fatal. Pregnant women should not use it either which can stimulate the uterus and increases the chances of a miscarriage or premature birth. Make sure to talk to your doctor before using celery seed to avoid any side effects with any other therapies or medication.
Posted by Spiro Koulouris
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