Celery once used as a medicine and later as a food is in the same family as carrots, parsley, fennel and caraway. Very low in calories, it is high in nutrition.
Celery contains: Calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, tryptophan, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, B, vitamin B6, vitamin C as well as amino acids, boron necessary for strong bones, essential fatty acids, inositol, selenium, zinc, vitamin E, Vitamin B3 and vitamin B5. Celery is also high in fiber (2 grams of fiber/cup).
It cleans your teeth and keeps your gums healthy. The health benefits of celery include:
With a 90% chance of high blood pressure after the age of 55, eat celery because:
Celery contains a chemical (phthalides) that can lower your stress hormones. This reduces the tension and dilates your blood vessels. Celery, 100mg of sodium per cup. It is not HIGH in spite of the bad press. (Sodium allowance is 2400mg/day). Juice for 10 ounces and drink twice a day minimum.
Naturally lower cholesterol:
Eating celery daily increases your bile acid production, which will reduce your artery-clogging cholesterol level. Cholesterol is in the bile and the more you eat, the lower your cholesterol will go.
Increase fiber, lose weight:
Celery is high in fiber; munch and crunch on a stalk as part of your meal. Fill up, eat less. Get lots of great nutrition. Juice celery and enjoy a glass before meals. When your body has the right nutrition, you lose your appetite. Eating or drinking celery which is nutrient dense and low calorie – you just can’t overeat it.
Better for your bladder:
Celery seeds help in uric acid elimination making it good for bladder disorders, kidney problems and cystitis. Celery seeds also assist in avoiding urinary tract infection in women.
Build a regular elimination plan:
Because it increases bile production and is high in fiber, this will get things moving. Munch and crunch during the day. This also helps with cravings!
Gout, Joint Pain, Arthritis?
Who would have thought celery is anti-inflammatory and will help reduce swelling and pain around the joints. Celery sticks contain a diuretic substance, which help to remove uric acid crystals that build around joints. Crunch away!
Support your immune system – the best defense against Cancer:
Celery contains phthalides and polyacetylenes. These detoxify carcinogens and have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Celery contains “coumarins,” compounds that help prevent free radicals from damaging your cells. Coumarins also enhance white blood cells, that target and eliminate potentially harmful cells, including cancer cells. Celery helps alkalinizes your body from the chronic acid loads common in the food supply and environment. Munch and crunch 3 stalks a day and juice twice a day, 10 ounces as a minimum.
Get rid of excess fluid:
Rich in both natural sodium and potassium, minerals that help in regulating fluid balance.
Presence of coumarins gives relief from migraines. Drink two 10 ounce glasses of blended celery a day.
All around the world, the leaves of celery are eaten for diabetic conditions.
Calms the nerves:
Because of celery’s high calcium content and tryptophan, celery calms your nerves.
Celery is good raw, in soups, salads, stir fried, with a light spread of organic almond or peanut butter, goat cheese, filled with diced tomatoes, onions and avocado. Use celery with salsa instead of chips. It is handy to carry with you on the go even with a filling.