The Rich Man‘s Disease
Historically gout is known as the disease of kings’ or rich man’s disease as it is caused by an overindulgence of some foods and drinks. Those who suffer from gout, understand the debilitating effect it can have on one’s life.
Gout is a common form of arthritis, primarily affecting the smaller bones of the feet, knees, ankles and other joints meaning simple day to day activities can be a painful struggle. Gout is caused when crystals from excess uric acid in the blood stream are deposited in joints, causing redness, swelling, inflammation and excruciating pain for the sufferer.
Luckily, unlike other arthritic diseases, gout can be successfully managed through diet and lifestyle changes.
Solutions to the Problem
The general recommendations are to reduce purine-rich foods (meats, alcohol and sugars) that actually increase uric acid production, and to supplement the diet with foods that reduce uric acid by helping to excrete the excess amounts from the body.
One of those recommended foods is celery. As well as having its rightful place on a platter next to carrot sticks and hummus, the humble celery is actually a very powerful diuretic, that helps to rid the body of excess fluids.
In particular are the seeds of the plant that hold great medicinal use. These little gems contain all the plants oils, including volatile oils such as very special anti-inflammatory flavonoids, coumarins (chemicals that help thin the blood) and linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid. Celery seeds contain natural phyhalides, specifically 3-n-butyl phthalide or 3nB. 3nB is the constituent that gives celery its distinctive taste and green colour.
Celery seeds help to stimulate the kidneys excretion production, causing the body to flush out excess uric acid crystals that build up in the joints – the cause of all the pain and inflammation of gout. There is also evidence that celery seeds may reduce blood pressure and water retention, and possibly even alkalise blood.
Celery Seeds on the Menu?
As the seeds themselves can be quite bitter in taste, it is recommended to consume in either tablet or capsule form, the most common forms available on the market.
A recommended dosage between 1000mg – 5000mg a day has been shown to improve gout symptoms dramatically and effectively for those suffering with the condition.
It is always advisable to consult with your healthcare practitioner to decide which treatment is best for you. Interactions can occur with medications or other herbs. Celery seeds are not recommended in pregnancy.