Using Celery For Gout Treatment
Celery is a plant that has a fair share of anecdotal evidence towards its benefits in gout relief and prevention. The plant whose medicinal properties are primarily found in the fruits and seeds that are dried or pressed are commonly used to treat joint pain, gout and other arthritis related conditions. The chemicals found in celery are recognized to increase urine, decrease arthritis symptoms and contribute to muscle relaxation.
Celery for Gout Relief and Prevention
While the whole vegetable is chock full of nutrients, the most effective properties of this plant is obtained in the extraction process of the celery seed and fruit. Celery seed oil is a widely available supplemental extract that has been used anecdotally and in clinical trials for the relief and prevention of gout. Sedanolide and 3-n-Butylphthalide (3nB) are two chemical constituents in celery oil that have been associated with gout relief and prevention. The two chemicals have anti-inflammatory properties, providing relief from gout flare ups and also help prevent gout flare-ups by inhibiting the enzymes that stimulate inflammation. Additionally, they also act as natural diuretics – allowing the body to produce more urine which subsequently helps flush uric acid and other wastes products out of the body. Finally, the chemical constituent, 3nB has shown to help lower uric acid levels by interacting with xanthine oxidase, the enzyme responsible for uric acid production.
Research Supporting Celery Seed Oil for Gout Relief and Prevention
A study conducted on lab rats found that when NSAIDs were combined with celery seed oil, the sedanolide from the celery oil amplified the effects of the NSAIDs treating inflammatory symptoms and providing faster relief.
Additionally, a 12-week study comprising of 15 subjects who suffered from either gout, osteoarthritis, or osteoporosis found that after three weeks of taking celery extract, subjects experienced a 68 to 100% relief from pain.1
Another study was conducted after the results of the small pool. This time 70 patients were observed and the results provided statistical and clinical evidence to support the positive benefits of taking celery seed oil. Researchers commented that celery seed extract was especially helpful for sufferers of gout, as it appeared to lower the production of uric acid by interacting with the enzyme xanthine oxidase.2
While eating celery is a great addition to an anti-gout nutrition plan, the vegetable itself does not contain high enough concentrates of the chemical constituents that are helpful in the prevention and relief of gout. Most of the chemical constituents can be produced by extraction of the celery seed and fruit. Supplements are widely available on the market and also allow for convenience and ease of use to ensure proper dosage.
Celery seed oil or extract is available in the form of essential oils or as a tablet or capsule. The optimal mode of consumption is through a tablet or capsule form as it can ensure you obtain the proper amount of dosage for efficacy.
How to Use Celery for Gout Relief and Prevention
To ensure you receive the maximum benefits from celery, make sure you purchase a supplement that consists of celery seed oil or celery seed extract. When taken orally, it is recommended you take two capsules or tablets twice daily – otherwise follow your bottle's direction to ensure proper dosage.
Celery is recognized to be safe for most people, but like most drugs, medications and supplements it can have side-effects or interact with other medications. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it is advised you stay away from celery as not enough research has been conducted to recognize any side-effects. If you are allergic to carrots, dandelions and other herbs related to celery, you should avoid use. Finally, if you have a kidney condition, you should avoid celery as its diuretic action may cause more complications. The effects of celery oil when used by children have not been studied.
Celery can cause allergic reactions in individuals who are allergic to certain plants or herbs that are related to the celery plant. These plants include wild carrot, birch, mugwort and dandelion. If you are allergic to the mentioned plants or to celery, avoid use. If you have a bleeding disorder or kidney problems, it's recommended you avoid celery as its diuretic properties can worsen these conditions. Celery used in medicinal amounts may lower blood pressure, if you are already suffering with low blood pressure, avoid use. Finally, avoid use of celery if you had or are planning to have surgery. Celery oil can affect the central anesthesia and cause complications with the combination of anesthesia and other medications.
Interactions with other Medications
Celery can have moderate to severe interactions with the following medications:
- Levothyroxine. Celery seed may decrease the effectiveness of this drug and can cause complications.
- Lithium. Celery's diuretic properties might cause your body to increase the lithium content in the body and cause serious side-effects.
- Medications that increase Photosensitivity. Celery may increase the side-effects of medications that already cause an increase of photosensitivity.
- Sedatives (CNS depressants). Celery influences the central nervous system and may cause sleepiness and drowsiness, this can also enhance the drowsiness felt with taken alongside sedatives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are celery seed tablets good for gout?
Celery seed tablets are an optimal option as they ensure proper dosage for guaranteed efficacy.
What is your opinion about Blackmores celery supplement?
Please check our gout supplement page for more information.
Can I mix celery powder with my juice?
Can I just eat celery instead of buying extracts or supplements?
The celery plant does have the proper concentration of necessary chemical constituents that provide gout relief and prevention. Celery seed oil is high in these chemicals and can be found as extracts or supplements.
Celery and cherries is it a good combination?
What are the effects of celery on gout patient?
A study that observed 15 patients who suffered from gout, osteoarthritis, or osteoporosis found that after taking celery seed oil for 3 weeks, the patients experienced a 68 to 100% relief from pain. Another study conducted on a larger pool of subjects found that celery seed oil was especially helpful for gout patients as its chemical properties interacted with the enzyme xanthine oxidase.
Is celery good for gout pain relief or preventing gout flare-ups?
Yes. You can read more about celery's action in gout relief and prevention here.
Can I drink celery juice?
Is celery leaf tea for gout a better option?
Most of the chemical constituents that are responsible for the relief and prevention of gout is found primarily in the celery seed. A better option would be celery seed extract or oil used as a dietary supplement.
What is the difference between celery seed extract and celery oil capsule?
If you mean in terms of supplement they are the same. It's just different forms one could be tablet other capsule.
Should I incorporate celery salt in my gout diet?
Yes. Celery salt is made from the seeds of celery, which contain high concentrations of sedanolide and 3nB.
What are some celery home remedies for gout?
You can take celery supplements to help with gout.
Where to buy celery seed extract for gout
You can find celery seed extract at your local health food store or find it online on health food sites or online supplement sites.
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2. Venkat S, Soundararajan S, Daunter B and Madhusudhan S. Use of Ayurvedic medicine in the treatment of rheumatic illness. Department of Orthopaedics, Kovai Medical Center and
Hospitals, Coimbatore, India, 1995.