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 one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods because it starves unproductive bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, and viruses that are present in the body and flushes their toxins and debris out of the intestinal tract and liver. Pathogens like these are so often the underlying cause of inflammation—in their absence, your body is much better able to handle whatever life throws your way.
At the same time, celery helps good bacteria thrive. Consuming celery is the most powerful way to alkalize the gut. That’s in part because celery (which is technically an herb, not a vegetable) is high in bioactive sodium. It also contains co-factor micro trace mineral salts as yet undiscovered in research.
These are varieties of sodium and other trace minerals (more than 60 of them) that are present in celery and work symbiotically and systematically with each other and with celery’s regular sodium to raise your body’s pH and rid toxic acids from every crevice of your body, including your gut.
This process is ideal to cleanse and repair intestinal linings. At the same time, celery offers enzymes and co-enzymes, and it raises hydrochloric acid in the stomach so that food digests with ease and doesn’t putrefy.”
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.
Source: Healthy Food House