a spoonful of celery seed

As Americans grow older, they become ever more conscious of aches and pains in their joints. While many people rely on prescription or OTC pain relievers such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen, others prefer to use natural approaches. One reader was surprised to discover that celery seed extract eased ordinary joint pain as well as gout.

Q. I’ve had knee pain for the last 10 years or so. Taking turmeric helped it quite a bit.

I also have gout. When I read that celery seed extract could control my uric acid level and help my gout, I started taking it too. The celery seed extract has really helped my gout, but to my surprise, my knee pain subsided almost completely.

I’m walking several miles a day now. An orthopedic surgeon had said that my knee was too far gone for any arthroscopic surgery, just bone on bone, with nothing left to repair. He thought the only resolution was knee replacement.

Celery Seed for Inflammation:

A. Celery (Apium graveolens) is a vegetable that dates back many centuries. The seeds have long been prized for their ability to lower inflammation (Powanda, Whitehouse & Rainsford, Progress in Drug Research, online, July 31, 2015). This vegetable has strong antioxidant activity (Kooti & Daraei, Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Oct. 2017).

Celery Seed Against Gout:

Elevated levels of uric acid are responsible for gout. Luteolin in celery seed inhibits the enzyme xanthine oxidase that produces uric acid in the body (Yan et al, Food Chemistry, Dec. 15, 2013).  While we could find no clinical trials to support this natural approach, the mechanism is plausible. We’ve heard from other readers that celery seed extract can aid in gout control.

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  1. Kate

    I have tried the celery seed, c s powder, and the extract for my finger joint pain. The celery seed seemed to work much better for me. Kate

  2. mike

    I turned suddenly 3 years ago and felt something in my knee pop. Have been in pain ever since. Tried turmeric with black pepper and it helped some, tried tart cherry juice but it didn’t help any. I am still using the turmeric but have been adding celery seed for almost two weeks and my knee pain has almost totally gone away. I am using a mixture of whole and powdered celery seed like you buy from the grocery store and not the extract. I am using about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon 2 or three times a day. I just mix with water and drink. Definitely worth a try for anyone with knee pain.

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