Health Benefits of Celery

Scientific Name: Apium graveolers dulce

Celery belongs to the same plant family as carrots, parsley, and fennel; it is grown principally for its edible stalks. The characteristic flavor of these plants is from the volatile oils found in the stems, leaves and seeds.

Celery is approximately 95% water; this liquid is often extracted and combined with other vegetable juices to make a refreshing, nutritious drink. Celery grows best in cool, moist soil.

Celery picture

Health Benefits of Celery:

  • Highly alkaline food. Alkaline rich foods can help prevent diseases and helps retain youthful body.
  • Rich in organic sodium. Sodium helps keep the body young and active, and the muscle strong and flexible. Whenever there is stiffness in the joints and cracking in the knees, chances are you lack sodium.
  • Celery juice is beneficial for people with stones in the gall bladder or the kidney. Studies showed that people who drank celery juice did not developed stones in bladders & kidneys again.
  • Chinese healers have used Celery for centuries as a treatment for high blood pressure.
  • Celery juice and extract of Celery seed are excellent diuretics that promote the flow of urine.
  • Has a calming effect on the digestion.
  • Rich in iron which is beneficial in anemia.
  • Rich in calcium which helps improve the teeth and bones.
  • Celery tea can help calm the nerve and give relief in cases of insomnia.
  • Beneficial in cases of diabetes.
  • A tablespoonful of honey in celery juice, sipped slowly, will very effectively reduce the appetite if taken before a meal. It will therefore help in reducing weight.

Celery leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, containing more calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin A and C than the stalks.

Culinary Uses: Celery is often used in soup dishes, mix veggies, stew, salad, and poultry dishes.

Celery Juice Dosage: Take 1 tablespoon of juice 2 to 3 times daily, if you are acidic or if you have inflammatory problem like arthritis.

How to Buy Celery: When buying celery choose the one with medium length, thickness, and solidity. The stalks should be brittle enough to snap easily.

Side Effect s of Celery:  Celery contains high levels of plant nitrates, substances that the body converts into nitrosamines, which are linked with an increased risk of cancer.

However, many researchers believe that this is a rather minor risk because most plants high in nitrates and other potentially cancer-causing substances also contains chemicals that neutralize any harmful effects. Also, cooking celery by boiling, braising, or steaming lowers nitrate levels.

“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @22:10”

Len Carpio

The majority of articles I published were focused on health. I’m very interested in using natural remedies as they enhance the body's ability to heal itself and have no harmful side effects. I became interested in natural remedies when I met a Gerson therapist, who told me that in Gerson therapy they use “ live food” (organic vegetable, fruits, etc) to cure their patients. For the body to fight different illnesses, our immune system should be strong. In Gerson therapy they promote the supplementation of healthy and nutritious “ live food” for the body to fight disease, repair and regain its strength. I hope you will enjoy and learn from reading my articles. Have a good day and lets all be healthy :)

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