Many people rely on fresh fruit and vegetable juices to help them manage a whole list of potential health problems. One of the most well-known and common reasons for juicing is to lower blood pressure. Rather than swallowing a potentially risky handful of medications each day, people are instead using the chemical properties of healthy foods to improve their blood pressure readings.
Let’s first understand what high blood pressure is, and why it is important to try to reduce it whenever possible. Blood pressure is the force within the walls of the arteries created when the heart pumps blood through them.
When someone has high blood pressure it means that the arteries are constricting or thinning, and this means that the heart has to work even harder to get blood through the slender vessels. Why some people develop this potentially lethal condition is often unknown, but diet and exercise are great tools for controlling it.
This is where juicing to lower blood pressure can come in handy, and especially if you use specific foods in your mixes. Many people who enjoy fresh juice each day will have a wide range of recipes they use, and one of the most frequently selected vegetables is celery for high blood pressure.
Why celery? It is known to contain a substance with a highly unnatural sounding name – “3-n-butyl-phthalide”. This compound actually relaxes the walls of the arteries, which in turn widens them and makes it much easier for the blood to pass through.
This not only helps to decrease blood pressure, but it also spares the arteries and heart from excessive strain and possible damage. This phthalide compound found in celery is also used to suppress the creation of many types of stress hormones as well, and this is known to also lower blood pressure too.
One thing to know about celery juice, however, is that it can be quite bitter when consumed by itself. If a serving is to be enjoyed each day of the month (which is the most common approach by those using it medicinally for higher blood pressure problems) it is more palatable when mixed with a sweeter juice, such as beet juice.
This combination is really powerful because beet juice is known for creating a nitrate in the blood which causes vessels to dilate. This creates the proverbial “one-two” punch and relieves stress on the vessels while widening them too, and combining to give a much safer blood pressure.