Definition

Celery seeds are the small seeds found in the flowers of celery plants. They are used as a seasoning, particularly in pickling.

Health considerations

Celery seeds are prevalent in alternative medicine, being suggested for use as a diuretic, to relieve hypertension, to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms, and to improve digestion. Celery seed may interact with some medications; before supplementing with celery seed, consult a physician.

Keep in mind

Celery seed is not regulated as a medicinal ingredient by health agencies, and there is limited concrete evidence of these benefits. Celery is an allergen capable of causing severe reactions which may lead to anaphylactic shock.

May be found in

Pickles, soups, stews, seasonings

References

University of Maryland Medical Center
Western Journal of Medicine

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