15 Incredible Celery Benefits

Celery lowers cholesterol levels and arthritis pain, helps in weight loss, detoxifies the body, reduces high blood pressure, and promotes overall health in a vast number of ways. It is rich in vitamin C and hence extremely beneficial for health.

What is Celery?

Celery is a plant of the Apiaceae family and is consumed as a vegetable that can be found throughout the world, and as an integral part of certain cultures’ cuisine. Its origins most likely trace back to the Mediterranean and North African areas, since what is believed to be a rudimentary variety of species of celery was found in King Tut’s tomb, and a plant closely resembling it is referenced multiple times in Mediterranean myth and history. The plant is now cultivated globally and is a part of every cuisine from America and Ireland to Japan and Australia.

For culinary use, it is most commonly found in soups and salads, or as a garnish to certain dishes. Also, it is commonly eaten as a snack, since it is quite filling, but not fattening.

Celery Nutrition Facts

Celery contains minerals such as calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium. It contains fatty acids and vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin K. It also contains thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid, and fiber.

Health Benefits of Celery

Celery health benefits include the following:

Lowers Cholesterol Level

Eating celery every day may reduce artery-clogging cholesterol (called LDL or “bad” cholesterol). The phthalides in this herb also stimulate the secretion of bile juices, which work to reduce cholesterol levels. Less cholesterol means less plaque on the artery walls and a general improvement in heart health. The fiber that is found in it also works to scrape the cholesterol out of the bloodstream and eliminate it from the body with regular bowel movements, further boosting cardiovascular health.

Detoxifies Body

It acts as an antioxidant as well, and in truth, all parts of celery including the seeds, roots, and leaves can be used. Eating this vegetable regularly helps to avoid diseases of the kidney, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.

Reduces Blood Pressure

Celery contains phthalides, which are organic chemical compounds that can lower the level of stress hormones in your blood. This allows your blood vessels to expand, giving your blood more room to move, thereby reducing pressure. It also contains potassium that acts as a vasodilator, reducing blood pressure. When blood pressure is reduced, it puts less stress on the entire cardiovascular system and reduces the chances of developing atherosclerosis or suffering from a heart attack or a stroke.

Prevents Urinary Tract Infections

Celery seeds help in the elimination of uric acid because it is commonly used for its diuretic properties, meaning that it stimulates urination. Therefore, it is good for people with bladder disorders, kidney problems, cystitis, and other similar conditions. The seeds also assist in preventing urinary tract infections in women.

celeryLowers Arthritis Pain

Celery is great for people suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce swelling and pain around the joints. Its sticks also act as a diuretic, which helps to remove uric acid crystals that build up around the body’s joints that can add to the pain and discomfort. It can also increase the regrowth of tissue in inflamed joints.

Prevents Cancer

Celery contains phthalides, flavonoids, and polyacetylenes. These cancer-fighting components detoxify carcinogens. It also contains coumarins that enhance the activity of certain white blood cells, which can effectively stave off cancer as well. These antioxidant components seek out free radicals floating in the body and damaging organs and neutralize them before they can cause conditions such as cancer.

Boosts Immune System

Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, celery greatly boosts the strength of the immune system and makes it more active and efficient. Eating this vitamin C rich vegetable regularly can reduce your risk of catching a common cold, as well as protect you against a variety of other diseases.

Reduces Asthma Symptoms

Vitamin C present in celery prevents free radical damage and also has anti-inflammatory properties that lessen the severity of inflammatory conditions like asthma.

Improves Heart Health

The notable presence of vitamin C, fiber, and other organic chemicals in the roots of celery promotes cardiovascular health.

Regulates Fluid Balance

Celery is rich in both sodium and potassium, and both of these minerals help to regulate the fluid balance in the body.

Relieves Migraines

The presence of coumarins in celery can provide relief from migraines. The exact mechanism isn’t completely understood, but research points to a suppression of nitric oxide release in the brain, which can cause headaches and migraines.

Treats Rheumatism

Celery extracts, which contain 85% 3-n-butylphthalide (3nB), are effective in treating arthritis and muscular pains.

Controls Diabetes

Celery leaves are also eaten for treating various diabetic conditions. This is because of the high fiber content, which has been shown to help manage diabetic symptoms.

Prevents Cataracts

Dripping celery tea drops on eyelids is good for certain ophthalmological conditions and can improve your eye health, reduce your chances of developing cataracts, and protects you against macular degeneration.

Nerve Tonic

Celery contains high calcium and due to this, it is commonly used to calm the nerves.

Weight Loss

Regular drinking of celery juice before meals may help you to reduce your weight. This vegetable is very low in calories and is also very filling due to its high fiber content. Therefore, it can help reduce the tendency to overeat and help you keep the weight down without feeling hungry all the time!celerybenefits2

Other Benefits

Celery helps prevent many diseases and conditions that include neuritis, constipation, asthma, high blood pressure, catarrh, pyorrhea and dropsy, mental exhaustion, acidosis, anemia, obesity, and tuberculosis. It also helps in improving overall health and strength of teeth.

How to Select and Store Celery?

It is easily available in markets all over the world. Choose the one which is green in color, has no discoloration, has fresh and crisp leaves. Store it in the refrigerator and use within 5-7 days. Make sure you do not freeze it.

Quick Serving Ideas

Salad: Add chopped celery leaves to vegetables or meat of your choice. Add salt and crushed pepper to the salad. For dressing, drizzle lime juice and olive oil.

Fruit Salad: Mix sliced apples, nuts such as peanuts, raisins, etc. with chopped celery leaves in a bowl. Mix orange juice with mayonnaise and drizzle it over the mixture.

Soups: Add celery stalks and leaves to soups, gravies etc. as per your choice.

Word of Caution: The seeds of this vegetable contain volatile oils, flavonoids, coumarins and linoleic acid and are therefore not good for pregnant women because they may cause contractions in the uterus. Other than that, eat as many of those crunchy, green, and healthy stalks as you can!

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celery is good for arthiritis because it regenrates the synovial fluid back into your cartilages. and it even prevents arthritis from proceding to other good joints,

Thinking healthy

Thanks for all informative information. Hey let's think positive for positive health.

It also helps your sex drive! I'm premenopausal and it is has helped natural fluids that werent flowing naturally, start flowing.

I use celery seed tea for nausea. Works great!

Eliadora Agreda Pedroso

Celery is amazing food created by our Almighty God...

This was very enlightening, it didn't exactly answer why I crave it but the article gives me many reasons why I might, such as high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and an iron deficiency. I am eating at least two or three stalks a day of raw celery nothing added. I love vegetables anyway but I never really ate celery on such a daily basis. Very informative article.

Celery rocks!

#bowl # morning .....typo

I really enjoyed eating a big boel of celery this motning, with some ranch dressing. I am going to make it apart of my daily diet as well.

Nowi know i wasnt nuts..i always knew celery would calm you down when i juiced with it..you definintely verified what i always thought

its very informative...thnk u! 🙂

Rosalind Papproth Vietri

I love celery .... Just started creating juices. Celery, pineapple, rashberries and blueberries

Christine Dunhill

yummy!

I started eating celery daily , and now I feels better and my health has improved. thanks you Jesus for better health.

ALWAYS EAT WHAT GOD GAVE US ON PLANET EARTH, GOT IT?

in your liquidizer, you can also put, some spinachi, or some peas, TOO CHOOSE TO YOUR LIKEING, I AM NOT DOING THIS FOR BUSSINESS, ONLY TO LET EVERYONE, WHAT I DO WITH MY CELERY,,,, YES YOU MAY ASK, II AM 76 AND FREE FROM ANY PROBLEMS, LOVE YOU ALL BYE.

Louisivor Henwood

Mr,Tonna. How does one eat Celary raw, boiled and drink its water, and how does one drink it hen its boilddd?
Thank you louis henwood Malta

Wilfrid Saint-jean

I like natural ingredient like celery for general healing your whole body.

R Jonielle SetApart Laury

Juicing celery, raw beets and apple is great for HBP.

yes it is!!!! as pregnant, my blood pressure has gone down soooo much because of drinking green smoothies with celery and cucumber. 🙂

Randi Zurcher Dodge

I just love celery, cucumber and carrot juice...powerful!

Celery once a day can really help you!

And I was dismissive of celery, thinking it didn't do shit in terms of nutrition.

don,t really know if your a man or a woman,,,,sorry if i used the wrong word,