We all remember celery as food for models, because that was the only thing models ate. Well, it seems like they knew what they were doing. You may think that celery is just a watery stalk, but it’s actually one of the best foods you will ever eat. Scientists have confirmed its great effect on human health, and there’s no need for you to avoid it.
Celery belongs to the Umbelliferae family, and it’s a close relative of fennel and parsley. White varieties contain less chlorophyl when compared to green celery because they are not planted in sunny areas. Celery has crunchy and sort of salty stalks, and can be added to soups, stews, salads and smoothies.
This crunchy veggie is packed with vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and C, essential amino acids, calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate, iron, phosphorus and sodium. Don’t panic over its sodium content, because that is natural and organic sodium that’s safe for consumption. It has nothing to do with table salt known for its effect on blood pressure.
Celery actually lowers blood pressure, fights cancer and provides a bunch of other benefits.
Anthony Williams, author of Medical Medium, Life-Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing and Liver Rescue, and founder of the Global Celery Juice Movement has a nice tip for everyone. He saved millions of lives with his advice. According to him, drinking 16 ounces of pure celery juice after getting up in the morning will do wonders to your health.
Celery is an anti-inflammatory food that starves bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus and viruses that are already present in the body while flushing toxins and debris out of the intestines and liver. Pathogens are usually the underlying cause of inflammation. The body works much better without them.
The good news is that celery protects good bacteria and alkalizes intestines. Technically, celery is a herb and is abundant in bioactive sodium. It contains co-factor micro trace mineral salts.
There are a few varieties of sodium and more than 60 trace minerals. These work in a perfect synergy and raise your pH values and eliminate toxic acids from every crevice in human body.
This process is great when it comes to cleaning and repairing the intestinal lining. Celery is also abundant in enzymes and co-enzymes, and elevates hydrochloric acid in the stomach, helping the body to digest food easily.
Fresh celery can be used in different ways as it is super versatile and healthy veggie. Here are some of its benefits:
Celery juice regulates blood pressure. Phthalides relax the muscles around your arteries while dilating the vessels and optimizing the blood flow.
Celery improves the function of your kidneys and cleans the system which is important in preventing the formation of kidney stones.
Organic alkaline minerals in celery stimulate the nervous system and aid insomnia.
Sodium and potassium in celery juice regulate body fluids and improve the production of urine.
Celery juice lowers LDL or bad cholesterol and cholesterol levels in general.
Use celery as a laxative remedy to soothe your constipation.
The veggie has the power to neutralize acidity in your body and balance pH values in blood.
Drink celery juice to prevent unhealthy food cravings and lose weight easily.
Thanks to its diuretic effect, celery juice aids the elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.
Consume this juice to stay hydrated and do not forget it is an excellent post-workout tonic.
The juice will help you stay cool in summer as it regulates body temperature.
Polyacetylene in celery reduces inflammation and relieves the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.
Always use green celery as it contains more chlorophyll. Buy firm ribs, and keep them in an air-tight container or plastic bag in your fridge.
Caution: Celery is not recommended to those dealing with low blood pressure. Avoid it if you notice any side effects. You may be sensitive to psoralens, known as a natural protective “fungicide” in celery.