Q. I began taking celery seed extract capsules six months ago for gout. Within a day, all my foot pain was gone. A blood test six weeks later showed normal levels of uric acid. I take two capsules each morning. Celery seed is a miracle, as far as I’m concerned.
A. We could find no clinical trials proving that celery seed extract controls gout. Nonetheless, herbal expert James Duke, Ph.D., reports that this botanical medicine works well to prevent flare-ups. An animal model of arthritis and gout suggests that a combination of celery seed and New Zealand green-lipped mussel extract (Lyprinol) eases inflammation (Inflammopharmacology, Dec. 2003).