Many plants contain healthy,natural compounds that may provide you with health benefits. Celery and juniper are two examples of such plants that may help keep your body in good condition and help you avoid illness. Because these herbs have some properties in common, they are often combined in a single supplement. Talk to your doctor about celery and juniper to decide if these herbal remedies might be helpful for your situation.
In addition to its use as a common vegetable, celery has been part of traditional herbal medicine for centuries. Most often, celery and celery seeds are recommended by herbal practitioners for several ailments, including kidney disease, hypertension, arthritis and rheumatism. Celery contains several natural compounds, such as volatile oils, flavonoids, coumarins and fatty acids, that are responsible for its medicinal properties.
Celery seed is a natural diuretic, increasing your output of urine and reducing water retention by your body. In addition to being beneficial for your kidneys, if you have hypertension its diuretic action may help lower your blood pressure by reducing your blood volume. Coumarins in celery also help thin your blood and reduce the likelihood of blood clots, a risk factor for stroke. In addition, flavonoids in celery have antioxidant activity, which may help remove potentially damaging free radicals from your body and lower your risk for developing cancer. The anti-inflammatory action of these compounds may also reduce symptoms of disorders such as arthritis, colitis and other inflammatory diseases.
The juniper plant bears abundant, berry-like fruits that are aromatic and have been used as flavoring and in herbal medicine for hundreds of years. The fruits contain many different compounds, including volatile oils, terpenes, resins and several types of organic acids. Traditionally, juniper is recommended for disorders such as bronchitis and arthritis. Its berries have several biological actions responsible for juniper's medicinal potential.
Like celery seed, juniper is a diuretic, due most likely to its content of terpinen-4-ol, which increases the rate of blood filtration through the kidneys. Some compounds in juniper also have anti-inflammatory activity, reducing the production of inflammatory molecules such as prostaglandin. In addition, juniper may also help control blood sugar in diabetics, as suggested by a laboratory study published in "Diabetologica" in 1990 in which diabetic animals fed juniper had less hypoglycemia than others fed a placebo. Studies with human subjects are still needed to confirm this potential benefit.
Celery and juniper are available together in capsules from most health food stores and are generally considered safe. Some people may be allergic to one or both of the herbs. Do not take either herb if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Talk to your doctor before adding celery and juniper capsules to your regular routine.