GOD'S FOOD: CELERY FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
In the very beginning of the book of Genesis, Chapter 1:11-13, God created the grass and herb yielding seed on the third day of creation. God saw that what He created was good. Praise and bless the Lord. To reach a useful and healthy life, one must be physically and spiritually motivated, keep the body healthy and spiritually follow the commandments of God. To have a healthy body, one must eat the right food given by God and celery is one of the best vegetable to keep the body healthy.
God has given us a versatile vegetable such as the celery which has many uses. It is not only a vegetable, but a medicinal herb in some parts of the world. In temperate countries, celery is grown for its seeds which yield a valuable oil used in the perfume of pharmaceutical industries. Celery seeds can also be used as a flavoring or spice such as in Bloody Mary cocktails, the Chicago hot dog or in Old Bay Seasoning.
To some people, celery can be an aphrodisac whereas in Greece, celery leaves were used as wreaths for the dead, or as garlands for the winners of the sacred Nemean Games.
Chinese celery is rarely served raw, but is a common ingredient in cooked Chinese and Vietnamese dishes.
Celery has a long history of use in China, where it has appeared in cuisine since at least the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE). Chinese celery is more like the wild variety and looks and tastes more like an herb.
The Chinese celery differs from the western variety and is hollow and crispy. Both the stalks and the leaves may be added to cooked dishes. The seeds of the plant are also used in cuisine and in traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese celery can be added as dried or fresh to add flavor to food.
While all celery is good for the health, being rich in iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and D, Chinese celery is said to have a number of medicinal benefits. Warm Chinese celery juice is traditionally used to cure jaundice and low fever. It may be used to promote healthy urination, as well as to replace electrolytes when a person is dehydrated. Chinese celery has also been used to treat various diseases as high blood pressure, digestive problems,rheumatism, and scurvy.
HISTORY OF CELERY
Celery originated in the Mediterranean regions of northern Africa, southern Europe, and in areas east to the Himalayas. The present day celery was derived from wild celery and differed from today's counterpart in that it featured less stalks and more leaves.
First it was used as a medicine and then later as a food. The use as medicinal properties of the leaves dates back to the 9th century B.C. when celery was mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, the famous epic. The Ancient Greeks used the leaves as laurels to decorate their famous athletes. The ancient Romans used it as a seasoning, which is still traditional today.
Today, for most people celery is used as raw food with different dips. Eating this delicious crunchy vegetable raw became really popular only in the 18th century in Europe, and was introduced in the United States early in the 19th century.
Introduced to the Western medicine quite recently, celery seed has been used in Eastern medicine for quite long time. Since ancient times, herbalists applied celery seed to treating such conditions as liver and spleen diseases, arthritis, cold, digestion disorders, and flu.
According to Hippocrates (father of medicine), celery calms the nerve because of the high calcium content. It is good on kidney and will help eliminate the body’s waste through the urine. All parts of celery, the seeds, leaves and edible root of the plant can all be used. Celery is used in aromatherapy and in Japan, rheumatic patients are sometimes put on a celery diet.
HEALTH BENEFITS - JUICING
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The health benefits of celery are more than just lowering blood pressure.
They also contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds to combat cancer
Celery has always been associated with lowering of blood pressure. When combined with other juices, it provides different formula that help other conditions.
Recent studies have shown that celery might also be effective in combating cancer. Read on.
Some of the health benefits of celery juice:
Acidity: The important minerals in this magical juice effectively balance the body's blood pH, neutralizing acidity.
Athletes: Celery juice acts as the perfect post-workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its rich minerals.
Cancer: Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells. And coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.
Cholesterol: This humble pale juice has been shown to effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Colon and stomach cancer: The phytochemical coumarins prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.
Constipation: The natural laxative effect of celery helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.
Cooling: During dry and hot weather, drink a glass of celery juice two or three times a day, between meals. It wonderfully helps to normalize body temperature.
Diuretic: The potassium and sodium in celery juice helps to regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, making it an important help to rid the body of excess fluid.
Inflammation: The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.
Kidney function: Celery promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones.
Lower blood pressure: Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides help relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally. To be effective, drink the juice for one week, stop for three weeks, and start over.
Nervous system: The organic alkaline minerals in celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system, making it a wonderful drink for insomniacs.
Weight loss: Drink celery juice frequently throughout the day. It helps curb your cravings for sweets and rich food.
Urinary stones, breaking of: The diuretic effect of celery juice also aids the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.
You can expect many more healing benefits from celery juice as you consume its natural sodium. Read how our body lacks and have been deprived of, natural salt.
Celery extracts have been shown to help prevent tumor cell growth in various animal studies.
Researchers from State University of New York examined the nutritional epidemiology of gastric cancer in 293 cases. They found that sodium, fat, and retinol enhanced the risk of stomach cancer, while carotene, especially raw vegetables (including celery, cucumbers, carrots, green peppers, tomatoes, and onions) reduced the risk.  Scientists from Harbin Medical College, China, assessed the role of diet (336 cases) in the causes of colorectal cancer. They found that green vegetables, chives and celery, have a strong protective effect against colorectal cancer.  Investigators from LKT Laboratories MN isolated 5 phthalides from celery seed oil and studied their abilities to inhibit benzo[a]pyrene- (BP) induced tumorigenesis in mice. They showed that 3-n-butyl phthalide and sedanolide were active in tumor inhibition.  Besides, another group showed that luteolin induced apoptosis in various cancer cells. 
Celery contains vitamin C and several other active compounds that promote health, including phthalides, which may help lower cholesterol, and coumarins, that may be useful in cancer prevention.
A. Rich in Vitamin C
Celery contains an excellent source of vitamin C, that helps to support the immune system. Food rich in Vitamin C may help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms. Over 20 scientific studies have concluded that vitamin C is a cold-fighter. It also prevents the free radical damage that triggers the inflammation, and therefore also reduces the severity of inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
B. Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant
Celery also helps the kidney and acts an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
C. Potential Blood Pressure Benefits
Eating celery will reduce high blood pressure and give the effect of calmness. Celery's potential for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by Chinese medicine practitioners. Western science researchers have been slow to research the benefits
Celery contains active compounds called phthalides, which can help relax the muscles around arteries and allow those vessels to dilate and the blood can flow at a lower pressure. When researchers injected 3-n-butyl phthalide derived from celery into laboratory animals, the animals' blood pressure dropped 12 to 14 percent.
Researchers caution that until clinical trials could be conducted with food and humans, one must be cautious about the result. Celery ranks as a very good source of potassium and a good source of calcium and magnesium which are associated with reduced blood pressure.
D. Cholesterol-lowering Benefits
The cholesterol-lowering activity in celery has been demonstrated. In eight weeks, aqueous solutions of celery fed to specially bred high cholesterol animals significantly lowered their total cholesterol by increasing bile acid secretion.
E. Diuretic Activity
The seeds of celery's wild origin around the Mediterranean, were widely used as a diuretic. Today, celery which is rich in both potassium and sodium, the minerals most important for regulating fluid balance, stimulates urine production, thus helping to rid the body of excess fluid.
F. Promote Optimal Health
Coumarins in celery helps prevent free radicals from damaging cells that increase the potential for cells to become cancerous. Coumarins also enhance the activity of certain white blood cells, that target and eliminate potentially harmful cells, including cancer cells. Compounds in celery called acetylenics have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells.
Nutritional Value of Celery, raw
The data refers to 100g of the food type.
Vitamin A(IU) 449
Vitamin A (microg retinol activity equivalents) 22
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.074
Niacin (mg) 0.32
Riboflavin (mg) 0.057
Thiamin (mg) 0.021
Vitamin C (mg) 3.1
Vitamin E (mg) 0.27
Vitamin K (mg) 29.3
Calcium (mg) 40
Copper (mg) 0.035
Iron (mg) 0.2
Manganese (mg) 0.103
Magnesium (mg) 11
Phosphorus (mg) 24
Potassium (mg) 260
Selenium (microg) 0.4
Sodium (mg) 80
Zinc (mg) 0.13
Celery Oil is extremely popular in the Indian continent and known
by several names. The oil is obtained from seeds by the crushing process and steam distillation. Its aromatic, spicy, warm, and very persistent smell is produced primarily by two lactones, 3-n-butylphthalide and 3-n-butyl-4,5-dihydrophthalide. This oil is a perfect blend of several volatile oils, flavonoids, coumarins, and linoleic acid. India is the major producer of celery oil, the other producers are China, Southern France, Holland, Hungary and USA.
Celery oil is the major herbal and dietary supplement that promotes and regulates numerous health benefits. It is highly recognised in the medicinal-herbal market. Being immensely effective in moderating high blood pressure, the oil provides relief from altitude sickness, stomach cancer, and other diseases. Known to be a refreshing, and reviving essential oil; the celery oil blends particularly well with other oils such as lavender, pine, tea tree, coriander and other spicy essential oils.
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