Celery has been used as a high blood pressure cure in traditional Chinese medicine. This is primarily due to active compounds called “phthalides,” which can help relax the muscles around arteries and allow those vessels to dilate.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 08, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a new health study showing that that celery seed also has beneficial compounds that could play a role in cancer prevention.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Monday, April 2, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/the-seed-that-could-prevent-stomach-cancer), researchers at the Department of Pathology and Pathophysiology, Taishan Medical University, in China, discovered a compound in celery called “coumarins” that play an important role in preventing free radicals from damaging your cells.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that celery has been used as a high blood pressure cure in traditional Chinese medicine. This is primarily due to active compounds called “phthalides,” which can help relax the muscles around arteries and allow those vessels to dilate. The idea is: the more space inside your arteries, the easier it is for your blood to flow at a lower pressure.
Coumarins could help decrease the mutations that cause certain cells to become cancerous. Coumarins also trigger the release of immune defenders that target and eliminate potentially harmful cancer cells. And, celery has more special ingredients called “acetylenics,” which have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells.
It stands to reason then that celery seed also has beneficial compounds that could play a role in cancer prevention.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports the Chinese research team investigated the anti-tumor effects of celery seed extract in human gastric cancer cells. They found that celery seed extract had an anti-proliferation effect on human gastric cancer cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. After treatment with the extract, the death rate (apoptosis) of the stomach cancer cells significantly increased. The researchers concluded that inhibition of cell proliferation as well as apoptosis of human stomach cancer cells is triggered by anti-tumor substances in celery seeds.
(SOURCE: Gao, L.L., et al., "Molecular mechanisms of celery seed extract induced apoptosis via s phase cell cycle arrest in the BGC-823 human stomach cancer cell line," Asian Pac. J. Cancer Prev., 2011; 12(10): 2,601-6.)
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