- High blood pressure is a common problem that can go untreated because its symptoms are hard to spot and sometimes don’t manifest at all.
- Lifestyle decisions like more exercise, no smoking, and fewer foods with salt, caffeine, and alcohol can help lower blood pressure.
- Celery seeds and celery as a whole have been dubbed a “superfood” in recent years when it comes to lowering blood pressure.
High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, is a common problem nowadays. Especially with continuing progress of technology and how it affects our lifestyle. Even if life is easier and a lot of things are more convenient, we’re more sedentary.
Fast food means more salt. Other than that, high blood pressure is a condition that can remain untreated because symptoms that point to it are hard to spot and don’t always show. The only way to really be sure of your blood pressure reading is to go to your GP to have it checked or learning to check it yourself with a sphygmomanometer (a device for measuring blood pressure).
Lifestyle decisions like getting regular physical activity and stopping a smoking habit can contribute to lowering high blood pressure.
Aside from that, you need to watch what you eat. Caffeine, salt, and alcohol can raise your blood pressure, so these need to be avoided. However, eating more of certain foods can also help keep your blood pressure down- especially celery seeds.
The new superfood
Celery seeds have garnered the title of “superfood” in recent years and can be found both naturally or in supplement form. Studies conducted among rodents showed that celery seeds are effective in lowering blood pressure.
Eating the whole celery has even more benefits. According to Cleveland Clinic, this vegetable contains phthalides, a phytochemical that helps the tissues of artery walls increase the flow of blood and keep blood pressure down. Celery also has fiber, magnesium, and potassium, the latter helping your kidneys work more efficiently in controlling the amount of fluid in your body. More fluid can mean higher blood pressure.