Although few among us are aware of it, the fact is that celery is actually a fortune with regard to nutrition! Although it is rich in water and fiber, they are not its only constituents. The health benefits of celery range from cancer prevention to blood pressure lowering abilities and even more. It even acts as its own natural toothbrush!
Celery is high in minerals like molybdenum, folate, potassium, manganese, calcium, copper, phosphorous and magnesium and is an excellent source of vitamin K, C, A, B6 and B2, and. It acts as a great snack, and a remarkable ingredient in freshly — pressed juices and smoothies.
After reading this article, you will never look at celery the same way again!
- Celery lowers blood pressure
The consumption of celery on a daily basis have been shown by 14% by Traditional Chinese Medicine! Phthalides in celery help relax muscles around the arteries and allows vessels to dilate. Celery is rich in blood pressure regulating minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium.Moreover, the chemical compound in celery called catecholamine reduces the secretion of stress hormones, which represent a major contributor of high blood pressure.
It is a great way to aid in the production of healthy bowel movements regarding its high water and insoluble fiber content. Celery is also a natural prebiotic, which helps promote the growth and proliferation of beneficial bacteria, keeping bloating at bay.
- Celery keeps cholesterol levels healthy
LDL Cholesterol is something we all want to keep low, and celery helps us with it. The phthalides in celery help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by increasing bile acid secretion in the liver. An increased secretion of bile acids produces higher bile flow, promoting digestion and absorption of dietary fat and cholesterol.
Acetylenics and phenolic acids, two major anti-cancer compounds in celery help terminate cancer cell growth. It contains at least 8 anti-cancer compounds that help fight against many forms of cancer. The “coumarin,” in celery also helps decrease mutations in normal cells, which would normally cause certain cells to become cancerous.
Celery is a great weapon against any bad bacteria in your mouth that contribute to gum disease, cavities, and plaque build-up. Celery also takes a longer time to chew, which means more natural saliva production to help keep cavities away.
- Entirely natural diuretic
Celery is an excellent natural diuretic as a result of the perfect balance of potassium and sodium in. This is great for the kidneys, because it helps flush out excess toxins and fluid from the body, meaning clearer skin, and less excess water weight.
- Strengthens the immune system
Celery is loaded with vitamin C. It contains over 2 mg of vitamin C per stalk, making it a great way to increase vitamin C intake, especially when juiced. Vitamin C is important for a stron,healthy immune system, and acts as an antioxidant, helping to eradicate free radicals and prevent mutated DNA (which can eventually lead to cancer).
- Prevents calcium deposits
Celery has calcium-deposit dissolving abilities, so those suffering from aortic stenosis or people with high acidity (due to calcification and degenerative bones and joints) will largely benefit from its consumption. Celery works by eliminating calcium deposits before they even begin to accumulate.
- Anti-inflammatory properties
Celery is quite the vegetable to help fight chronic aches and pains, since it has more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in its content. The most powerful of these compounds, apigenin, helps lower oxidative stress and prevents the expression of several inflammatory factors like COX-2 inhibitors. Luteolin in celery also helps prevent excess production of TNF- α, which normally promotes inflammation and tissue destruction in rheumatic/immune mediated diseases.
Celery is naturally high in fiber and helps prevent you from over-eating bad foods. As a diuretic, celery works by immediately relieving excess water weight from the body, helping you look slim and trim. It is also great for those suffering from edema (excess fluid build-up).
In fact, a large majority of the population suffers from some form of water retention due to high sodium intake. Interestingly, one can hold up to 10-15 pounds of excess water weight.