Lower Blood Pressure with celery
Blood Pressure - the silent killerThe heart pumps blood 24 hours a day for our entire life, never (hopefully) skipping a beat.
The speed of blood travelling through arteries is nearly 4 km/hour, and the blood travels through 100,000 km of vessels in the body.
When the heart pumps, it creates pressure in the arteries. This is systolic pressure, given as the top number in blood pressure readings.
The pressure between beats, where the heart rests for a moment, is the lower number, or diastolic.
Normal adult blood pressure is about 120/80, but a physically fit person should be nearer 110/70.
These pressure measurements are given as mm of mercury, but for those old engineers reading this, it equates to 2.32/1.55 as psi (pounds per square inch.)
This sounds low compared to around 30 psi to pump up our tyres, but for a fragile artery with a very thin wall, 2.32 psi gives it a fair pounding. And if our blood pressure rises to 240/120 as it can do in some people, we are then looking at 4.64 psi pounding on an artery designed to normally take only half that pressure.
High blood pressure means increased risk of damage to the heart, blood vessels, brain, kidneys and other organs.
Unfortunately, most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms at all, so is often called the "silent killer."
Blood pressure (hypertension) can sometimes cause symptoms headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, palpitations and nose bleeds, and any symptoms like these must be investigated immediately. The doctor should always check a patient's blood pressure at every visit, but everyone should have an automatic blood pressure device handy for regular checks.
LeanMachine stocks inexpensive Blood Pressere Meter to use at home, equivalent to many sold at Chemist shops for over $100.
Uncontrolled blood pressure can cause a heart attack, enlarged heart, heart failure, aneurysms (more likely to burst), damage to arteries causing clots (clots are like the scab on a wound, the body's repair mechanism which unfortunately leads to blockages), blood leakage into the brain causing a hemmoragic stroke, or blood clots in the brain causing an ischemic stroke, kidney failure and blindness.
How to Lower Blood Pressure NaturallyCelery!
Recent pharmacological studies prove that celery has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. This helps prevent heart disease, according to Dr. Josh Axe.
Many foods contain antihypertensive compounds. Celery contains a a phytochemical called phthalides (the active compound in celery). The extract is called NBP, and shown to lower blood pressure by 12% to 14% and cholesterol by 7% in a study published in Natural Medical Journal.
Researchers found that eating the entire plant including leaves and seeds is beneficial. Celery acts as both a diuretic and vasodilator (widens blood vessels) and increases elasticity of the blood vessels and lead to lower blood pressure. Whole celery is low in salt, high in fiber, magnesium and potassium, which all help control blood pressure. Celery is a great source of antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins A, K, C, B9 (folate), B6, flavonoids and minerals like potassium and magnesium.
Best eaten raw to protect the enzymes, but can be steamed, blanched or boiled without losing much of the vitamins and minerals.
Recommended daily intake for benefit is four stalks, or one cup of chopped celery.
Other Benefits of Celery
- Weight loss. Only 10 calories per stalk. Often called "negative calories" because like cucumber, celery takes more colories to digest than the calories consumed, so the net effect is reduced calories, without any exercise! Who said you could not lose weight by eating?
- Reduces inflammation, and inflammation leads to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc, and we all have a certain amount of inflammation, most of us without knowing
- Celery helps keeps us calm. The magnesium content calms the nervous system, and helps us get a good night's sleep
- Alkaline-forming in the body. Offsets the highly acidic foods we tend to eat these days (processed foods) which cause inflammation and disease
- Digestion is improved, helps with constipation by the high water content combined with the insoluble fiber, but give it a miss if diarrhea is a problem
- Celery is a diuretic. By increasine urine output and providing extra water in the bowel (which may cause some diarrea if eaten in large quantities), excess fluid in body cells is reduced
- Sodium in celery is essential for health, unlike table salt which is bad Eyes. The vitamin A in celery protects the eyes and reduces vision problems as we age
- Cholesterol is reduced by Butylphthalide, a component in celery, reducing "bad" LDL but increasing HDL ("good" cholesterol)
- Cancers. The University of Illinois showed that the flavonoid luteolin in celery inhibits the growth of cancer cells, especially pancreatic cancer
Celery really is a superfood. One cup of celery has very low calories, zero fat, one gram of protein and five grams of fibre.
Add celery to soups, salads, protein shakes, or as a snack any time. Buy organic where possible or grow your own for maximum benefit.
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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Health Issues for Aging Populations
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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Methods in Biostatistics I
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TUFTS University, USA - Nutrition and Medicine
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Bath University, England - Inside Cancer
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