Celery is a highly nutritious crunchy vegetable, rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C, and K.
Moreover, it contains phytonutrients, which offer powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, that boost the immune system, improve intracellular communication, and repair DNA damage due to toxins.
Researchers have found that the regular consumption of these phytonutrients prevents heart disease and cancer.
Here are several of the impressive benefits of celery:
-- Alkalizes the body and regulates pH levels
-- Treats urinary infections- Its diuretic effects help the elimination of excess fluids without leading to potassium loss
-- Hydration- Celery is 96% water, so it keeps the body hydrated during the day
-- It improves male fertility- Celery boosts the sperm count and increases the levels of the hormone aldosterone
-- Anti-inflammatory- It can prevent chronic inflammation, that leads to heart disease and cancer
-- Regulates cholesterol and blood pressure- The phthalide in celery lowers cholesterol levels by 7% and blood pressure by 18%
-- Relieves heartburn and acid reflux- it has low acidity and soothes these issues
-- Helps digestion- the high fiber content treats constipation and stomach issues
-- Weight loss- It is low in calories and high in fiber
-- Acts as an aphrodisiac- due to the male pheromones, androstenone, and androstenol, it contains.
-- Improves vision- Celery is rich in vitamin A, which protects the cornea and treats dry eyes
-- Lowers the risk of gastric ulcers and gastritis
-- Relaxes the nervous system and helps to fall asleep
Moreover, make sure you always chew celery well, as it is also known as the “nature’s dental floss”. It breaks into fibrous strands that naturally clean between the teeth. The heavy chewing stimulates the production of saliva in the mouth, which will re-mineralize your teeth.
This light, natural snack, tastes good when cooked, raw, or in a combination with toppings and dips.
- Make a celery soup
- Prepare stewed celery
- Chop it into your salads
- Add it to the stir-fry
- Dip celery in various sauces and butters
- Dip celery sticks in hummus
- Combine it with peanut butter
- Dip it in your salad dressings
- Dip celery in cream cheese or yogurt, cheese sauce
- Add it to soups