Celery often gets lost in the mix of other vegetables, mainly because it seems pretty plain and boring. But there’s nothing boring about all the good it does for your body. It’s time to give celery another shot, and if you love it already then keep going!
9 Benefits of Celery
1. Celery helps digestion
Being rich in water and rich in insoluble fiber helps celery to regulate your stool. It’s often used as a diuretic for its cleansing properties (1). But it’s best to avoid it if you have diarrhea. Have some before you go to bed to flush out any unwanted toxins.
2. Alleviates and relieves
Celery is known to alleviate inflammation, often in joint pain, because of its antioxidants and polyphenols (2). It can also be beneficial for asthma. It’s a great acne reliever too because of its salicylic acid which removes follicular clog (3).
3. Reduces high blood pressure
Active compounds known as phthalides are plentiful in celery. They improve circulatory health by at least 14% and help lower stress hormones in the blood, which lets the blood flow more smoothly (5).
4. Treat ‘bad’ cholesterol
Otherwise known as LDL, ‘bad’ cholesterol can lead to high blood pressure. Celery contains an ingredient known as butylphthalide, which is responsible for the aroma and taste of it, but it also reduces cholesterol. Two stalks of celery a day can reduce LDL by up to 7%! (6)
5. Supports eye health
Hold off on glasses shopping for a while, one celery stalk can have up to 10% of daily vitamin A. Vitamin A protects the eyes and protects against vision degeneration that comes with age. The high concentration of polyphenol phytonutrients also helps keep your vision at 20/20 (7).
6. Helps you lose weight
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As if you didn’t know they were already healthy, a full stalk of celery can have as little as 10 calories and contains a lot of water. This makes it a good addition to salads, soups and stir-fries (8). Stay full without putting on the pounds.
7. Reduces stress
Magnesium is a known stress reliever, and celery contains enough of it to help you stay calm, as much as 11mg per 100mg. It soothes the nervous system due to high amounts of minerals like magnesium and also essential oils (9). If you eat it in the evening it can even help you fall asleep easier.
8. Fights cancer
Celery contains a flavonoid called luteolin which inhibits cancer cell growth, especially in the pancreas and for colorectal cancer (10). It could also delay the formation of breast cancer cells (11).
9. Enhance your sex life
Who knew that celery would be the sexiest vegetable? Two sex pheromones, androstenone and androstenol, are released while chewing and help to boost arousal levels (12).
If you can, steam your celery, as it’s been shown to preserve up to 99% of the nutrients and keeps the original flavor. Freshly chopped also keeps the nutrients longer than if you chop them and store it in the fridge. And lastly, the darker the color, the stronger the flavor. But make sure it’s not rotten and mushy!
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