High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than a quarter of all adults in the UK. But, you could lower your risk of developing hypertension by regularly eating celery, it’s been claimed.
High blood pressure – which is also known as hypertension – puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs.
The condition could lead to some deadly complications, including strokes and heart attacks.
It could be caused by eating an unhealthy diet, or by not doing enough exercise.
But adding more celery to your diet is one of the easiest ways to lower your blood pressure, it’s been claimed.
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“Celery and celery seed are often overlooked as health-promoting foods, but can help to lower a high blood pressure,” she wrote on her website, MyLowerBloodPressure.
“With a high water content, celery stalks are low in calories and have a mild but distinctive flavour due to their unique antioxidant polyphenols.
“This flavour is more pronounced in celery leaves and celery seeds which are also used in Chinese medicine to treat both high blood pressure and stroke.
“Celery seed extracts are available in supplement form, sometimes combined with other beneficial blood pressure lowering herbs such as Montmorency cherry.”
Meanwhile, you could also lower your blood pressure by regularly eating avocados, said the nutritionist.
They boost the amount of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol in the body, which significantly lowers the risk of a heart attack.
Avocados are also rich in vitamin E, potassium and essential fatty acids.
All of these contribute to a lower chance of developing hypertension, she said.