One of the most common health issues that people worry about increasingly as they age is having high blood pressure, with more than one in four UK adults falling into the high blood pressure bracket.Also known as hypertension, the condition places strain upon your blood vessels and organs such as the eyes, kidneys and brain, while long-term high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart diseaseheart attacks or having a stroke.

So how can you reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure or minimise your current pressure?

One nutritionist believes he may have found a solution through eating more celery. Dr. Josh Axe claims that one of the many purported health benefits of the cheap vegetable is its ability to reduce inflammation through anti-hypertensive properties found within the seeds.

He said: “They contain hexanic, methanolic and aqueous-ethanolic extracts that improve circulation, lower inflammation and help control blood pressure. It’s believed that celery helps lower high blood pressure by acting as a smooth muscle relaxant and improving the flow of calcium and potassium into and out of cells,” and added that celery extract “helps blood vessels expand and contract, improve blood flow, and aid in overall heart health.”

His beliefs were supported by a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in which a group of rats were given celery seed extract over a seven week period. The results of the trial showed significant improvements in the blood pressure of the rats given the extract when compared with a second group fed the same diet minus the extract.

In addition to these heart healthy benefits, increasing your celery intake will boost your body in a variety of ways. Celery is packed full of anti-oxidants, is nutrient dense despite being very low in calories and can even help tackle urinary tract problems by helping to reduce uric acid and stimulate urine production.

Always consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise programme. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical conditions or to replace your healthcare professional.

You should always consult with a GP, doctor, or other healthcare professional before embarking upon any diet, exercise, or supplementation programme, before taking any medical or nutritional supplement, or if you suspect you may have a health issue.