Celery Seeds for gout

Gout and Celery Seeds

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)

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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. You can also find celery seed as a key ingredient in my proprietary blend which is sold on Amazon called NutriGout. 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.

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  • Brannen Park

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017

    I suffer from gout attacks. I get them about once a year, sometimes less frequently. Celery seed is the only thing that gives me any relief and it’s almost instantly. When I feel an attack coming on I pop a bunch in my mouth chew them up a bit swallow and I gets the attack away.

    • Tarps

      Reply Reply August 15, 2017

      I’ve only had gout once and it was a surprise so it took me a while to work out what was going on…particularly as I eat pretty well – which, as it turns out, didn’t help because I gather lentils, beetroot, oily fish don’t really help.
      I had it in the heel. Less common I gather but it was after a bout of the winter vomiting bug, so I assume my dehydration played a part in getting it.
      I researched online and read about celery seeds being used with some dairy product; theory being that the seeds break up the acid crystals into a form that allows the dairy to carry it our of the body.
      So, as I’ve liked celery seeds since my teens anyway (often with a little cheese) I renewed my supply, cooked boiled veg with them, put them in food and in a cheese sandwich etc over a day. Result: overnight it eliminated the problem and I’ve never had it since.
      Could be co-incidence but I’d had it bad for a few days and that was the only thing I actively did for it beyond keeping fluids up – which I was doing before anyway when I had it.
      I’m pretty sure it worked for me. They taste great too.

  • Karthik

    Reply Reply April 22, 2017

    Does flax seed reduce uric acid?

  • Karl

    Reply Reply April 16, 2017

    Iv read that diuretics are bad for gout. So how can celary be good? Angry at the conflicting info on gout.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply April 17, 2017

      Celery seeds make you pee more flushing out uric acid out of the body. As for diuretics you can learn more about these drugs here.

  • biju

    Reply Reply April 2, 2017

    I found celery seed in the supermarket and how can I use it? Please advise.

  • Dante

    Reply Reply January 6, 2017

    Been taking 300 mg celery seed extract and 900 mg cayenne with ginger daily. The Christmas fare has pushed my blood uric acid to 13.1! Will increase celery seed extract to your recommended 500 mg daily, test next month, and report back with the results. Thanks.

  • SoCalGuy

    Reply Reply November 19, 2016

    I’ve had excellent luck with both celery and with celery seed extract, 500mg once a day. I also have some sold as a spice, and there’s also celery salt, unknown percentage of (ground) celery seed and salt. But right now there seems to be a shortage of the capsules, is anything going on? Googling around, I don’t see anyone suggesting there should be a shortage.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply November 20, 2016

      Try Amazon.com, I’m sure you can find. I use celery seed as well in NutriGout formula.

  • Annie

    Reply Reply October 23, 2016

    My adult downs syndrome son suffers from gout. He is on day 9 of an attack right now. Is 800mg of celery seed something to be concerned about for lowering his already low blood pressure?

    Is celery seed something that you can take everyday to maintain healthy uric acid levels vs. pharma drugs?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply October 24, 2016

      Hi Annie!

      I don’t know enough about your son’s health to tell you. Please consult your doctor due to the fact that he also suffers from low blood pressure and also consult a nutrionist. 800mg is on the higher range, usually anything below 250mg is safe.


    Reply Reply August 31, 2016

    Can I take the celery seed capsule with ascorbic acid, arcoxia and colchicine? Is 1500mg a day maybe too strong for me? Because I suffer light to moderate pain since I tried this food supplement.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply August 31, 2016

      Hi Roel!

      Ouf! Tough question, since I don’t know enough about you. Best you speak to your doctor about it.

    • Dante

      Reply Reply January 6, 2017

      Monitor your bp often. if your bp and pulse are way above normal, chances are your building up acidity, and an attack may be imminent. Substitute calcium ascorbate for ascorbic acid, and celecoxib (celebrex) for arcoxia. Bring down your acidity with sodium bicarb, until your pulse rate normalizes, then discountinue.

  • Gaz

    Reply Reply April 12, 2016

    Great site Spiro… keep up the good work.

    I’m a pretty bad Gout sufferer and after my last attack which resulted in another 2 weeks off work I decided against my Docs wishes to attempt self medication. My plan is to take celery seed & cherry tart extract along with a Bananna and 3-4 litres of water per day & limit alcohol consumption to weekends only.

    I have a uric acid meter and will track my progress weekly. I’m actually pretty hopeful that this will yield promising results quickly…

    Fingers crossed 🙂


    • Tony

      Reply Reply August 15, 2016

      How long did it take the natural way to resolve the gout attack?

  • Nancy Tyler

    Reply Reply December 22, 2015

    Can I take cherry extract and celery seed at the same time? Both in pill format.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply December 22, 2015

      I don’t know your personal health situation. Always consult with your doctor beforehand but you can generally take both at the same time, these are natural remedies that very little folk have any issues with.

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