Celery seeds and gout: Celery seeds can be a very effective natural remedy for gout. But they have to be used with caution. Read on to discover how to use celery seeds for treating a gout flare-up and some of the risks associated with this particular remedy.
Celery Seeds and Gout
If you suffer from gout, you know what a painful and troubling condition it can be. However, you may not understand the process of how gout forms and what can be done in order to combat it in your body.
Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid. When you have too much of it in your system, you can end up with uric acid crystals in your joints that create a great deal of pain in the joint and surrounding tissue. It’s vital that you’re able to stimulate your renal system in order to break down these deposits and flush them from your body.
By alkalizing your body tissue, blood and urine, this will be much easier for you to accomplish; because it’s hard for crystals to form and survive in an alkaline environment. There are a variety of things that you can do in order to switch your body pH from acidic to alkaline; celery seeds being one of the most effective.
You see, foods containing good amounts of calcium, magnesium and potassium (especially) are alkaline forming, meaning that they move the body towards a more alkaline state.
Celery and Celery Seeds
Celery is rich in these and other nutrients, metals and vitamins; so important, not just for your gout, but for your overall health too:
- dietary fiber
- pantothenic acid
- vitamin A
- vitamin B2
- vitamin B6
- vitamin C
- vitamin K
So using celery seeds to treat gout is a popular choice for many who are in your position.
They contain nearly 20 different types of anti-inflammatory agents, so can be very effective for reducing inflammation during a gout attack.
The B vitamins help to convert uric acid into harmless compounds, whilst vitamin C has been proved to increase uric acid excretion and reduce uric acid levels in the blood.
The potassium helps to develop an alkaline state that can prevent crystal formation in your joints. And studies show that potassium citrate can prevent urine from becoming too acidic. As a result, the potassium in celery seeds can also help to reduce the risk of stones forming in your kidneys.
Finally, celery seeds are diuretic, basically meaning that they help to increase urine flow. In this way they can help to flush more uric acid out of your body. [But see Note below.]
Therefore, by consuming celery seeds, you should be able to tackle the symptoms of a gout attack fairly quickly. You’ll also improve other aspects of your health at the same time.
How to Take Celery Seeds
You can buy loose dried celery seeds, celery seed extract, celery seed oil, and celery seed tablets, in the pharmacy, health food store, or online.
Celery seed extract is becoming ever more popular among people suffering from conditions such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, fluid retention, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and gouty arthritis (gout).
Celery seed extract is sold as a dietary supplement in capsule form. Look at the bottle label for ‘Celery Seed – Standardized Extract – 85% 3nB.’ Each capsule is usually 75mg. The normal dosage is one capsule twice daily, but make sure you read the label carefully.
It’s possible to make an infusion or tea using loose celery seeds: Add 1 tablespoon of seeds to 2 cups of water and boil until the seeds are soft. Strain and drink half a cup of the ‘tea’ four times a day until your symptoms have gone.
You can also sprinkle the dried seeds on salads, add to baked goods or as a seasoning for soups, meats and vegetables. The seeds themselves are somewhat bitter.
Note: Make certain that you drink plenty of water while you are taking celery seeds. This is because the seeds are a diuretic, which will cause you to urinate more often. An inadequate intake of water can lead to dehydration which aids in the formation of uric acid crystals and other complications. So you need to keep replenishing the fluid you are excreting.
But be very careful…celery seeds are not suitable for everybody:
- Because celery seeds are a diuretic, if you’re pregnant, nursing or are even thinking about conceiving, you should discuss the use of celery seeds with a medical professional before using them.
- If you suffer from any sort of kidney disease or dysfunction, you should also consult a medical professional first, for the reason given above.
- Celery seeds are not recommended for children under 18.
- If you are allergic to celery, any of its constituents, or birch pollen, then do not use this remedy.
- Seeds in gardening packets have usually been chemically treated. Do not use them.
- Some constituents of celery seeds can cause your skin to become overlay UV sensitive. So use sunscreen / sunblock when outdoors.
- If you are on any medication whatsoever, whether over-the-counter or prescribed, consult with your physician / doctor / medical professional before taking this remedy to ensure that the celery seeds will not adversely affect your medication.
Otherwise, you do not have to suffer silently from gout any longer. Begin correcting your pH levels through the use of celery seeds and other health efforts, including drinking plenty of water (2 to 3 litres) every day. You will be pleased at how much better you begin to feel as you take charge of your health through proactive choices.