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Tip #9: High Blood Pressure? Eat Celery.

Celery’s potential for reducing blood pressure has been recognized by traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.  It’s only recently that Western medicine has identified why.  Celery contains a chemical called 3-n-butyl phthalide (3nB), which relaxes the smooth-muscle lining of blood vessels, making them wider and thereby lowering blood pressure. In an experiment with rats, a dose of 3nB, equivalent to 4 stalks of celery in humans, lowered blood pressure by an average of 13%. The same dose also reduced the rats’ cholesterol by 7%. The researchers determined that 3nB works by lowering the concentration of stress hormones in the blood.  The research study was prompted by one of the researcher’s father, who after eating a ¼ pound of celery every day for 1 week lowered his blood pressure from 158 over 96 to a normal reading of 118 over 82, without altering his diet in any other way.

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