Celery Seed

Safe for dogs, high in calcium, zinc and other essential amino acids, celery seed is a main-stay in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. And while Western herbology has not embraced the seeds as often as Eastern medicine, these phytochemically-rich seeds have been used medicinally throughout the world, and for many centuries. This may be related to the fact that celery seeds have high amounts of antioxidant flavonoids that protect cells from free-radical damage. They are also high in volatile oils, coumarins (blood-thinners) and omega-6 fatty acids.

Reported health benefits:
Celery seed has many health benefits. Ayurvedic medicine makes heavy use of the seed for everything from the common cold to digestive upset. It has also been a main ingredient in Eastern medicinal concoctions for treating various types of arthritis

Other purported medicinal uses of this herb include:

  • The promotion of healthy joints: An excellent alternative therapy for arthritis, rheumatism and gout
  • Anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and pain in joints
  • Reduces degeneration of joints associated with ageing
  • Relieves fluid retention
  • Aids in elimination of uric acid
  • Prevention for bladder diseases, cystitis, and kidney ailment
  • Soothes the nerves
  • Has eight different families of anti-cancer components (e.g., phthalides and polyacetylenes that kill carcinogens related to cigarette smoke)
  • General digestive supporter
  • Treatment for diseases related to the liver and spleen
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Insect repellent

Promising Research on Celery Seed
An study from the University of Chicago found that animals given celery seed extract showed a 12 percent reduction in blood pressure over a month-long time-span. These same animals also showed a reduction in negative forms of cholesterol.

Contraindications
Consult a doctor if your dog is taking any prescription medication, as there may be adverse side-effects in the combination with medications. Do not take celery seed if your dog suffers from kidney inflammation or other kidney disorders. Avoid combining with diuretics, anticoagulants (blood-thinning medications).

Adverse Reactions
Very little side effects, but may cause sensitivity to sun-light in elevated amounts (photodermatitis).

References
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Brinker F. Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions. 2nd ed. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications; 1998:52-53.

Slattery ML, Benson J, Curtin K, Ma K-N, Schaeffer D, Potter JD. Carotenoids and colon cancer. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000;71:575-582.

Sultana S, Ahmed S, Jahangir T, Sharma S. Inhibitory effect of celery seeds extract on chemically induced hepatocarcinogenesis: modulation of cell proliferation, metabolism and altered hepatic foci development. Cancer Lett. 2005;221(1):11-20.

Tsi D, Das NP, Tan BK. Effects of aqueous celery (Apium graveolens) extract on lipid parameters of rats fed a high fat diet. Planta Med. 1995;61:18-21.

Zheng GQ, Kenney PM, Zhang J, Lam LK. Chemoprevention of benzo[a]pyrene-induced forestomach cancer in mice by natural phthalides from celery seed oil. Nutr Cancer. 1993;19:77-86.

- Ingredient used in Human formula

- Ingredient used in Canine formula