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11 Super Health Benefits in Just One Celery Stalk

11 Super Health Benefits in Just One Celery Stalk

Apples walk away with most health accolades, and spinach leads the healthy veggie brigade. Compared to them, celery is somewhat unsung, but once you read its incredible–and nearly endless–list of health benefits, you will quickly join its growing list of lovers.

  • Celery is a great choice if you are watching your weight. One large stalk contains only 10 calories! So, add celery to your shopping list and enjoy it in your salads, soups and stir-fries.
  • Celery reduces inflammation. If you are suffering from joint pains, lung infections, asthma, or acne, eating more celery will bring much-needed relief.
  • It helps you calm down: Celery for stress-relief? Oh yes! The minerals in celery, especially magnesium, and the essential oil in it, soothe the nervous system. If you enjoy a celery-based snack in the evening, you will sleep better.
  • It regulates the body’s alkaline balance, thus protecting you from problems such as acidity.
  • Celery aids digestion: some say celery tastes like “crunchy water,” and that is the reason it is so good for your digestive system.  The high water content of celery, combined with the insoluble fiber in it, makes it a great tool for easy passage of stool. Note: because celery has diuretic and cleansing properties, those with diarrhea should avoid eating it.
  • It contains “good” salts. Yes, celery does contain sodium, but it is not the same thing as table salt. The salt in celery is organic, natural and essential for your health.

  • It cares for your eyes. One large stalk of celery can deliver up to 10 percent of your daily need for Vitamin A, a group of nutrients that protects the eyes and prevents age-related degeneration of vision.
  • Celery reduces “bad” cholesterol: There is a component in celery called butylphthalide. It gives the vegetable its flavor and scent. Guess what: this component also reduces bad cholesterol! A Chicago University research shows that just two stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 points!
  • It lowers blood pressure: An active compound called phthalides in celery has been proven to boost circulatory health. Raw, whole celery reduces high blood pressure.
  • It can amp up your sex life: and this is not just hearsay. Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Director of the Smeel and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, says two pheromones in celery–androstenone and androstenol–boost your arousal levels. They are released when you chew on a celery stalk.
  • Celery can combat cancer: Two studies at the University of Illinois show that a powerful flavonoid in celery, called luteolin, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, especially in the pancreas. Another study suggests that the regular intake of celery could significantly delay the formation of breast cancer cells.

Useful Tips:

Choose celery with upright stalks that snap when bent. The leaves should be fresh and crisp.  When selecting celery, remember this rule of thumb:  The darker the color, the stronger the flavor.

Freshly chopped celery retains its nutrients much better than if you chop and store it even for a few hours.

Steamed celery not only retains its flavor, but also most of its nutrients–up to 99 percent of them, in fact!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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11:14AM PDT on Apr 26, 2015

Very good info. I'll be eating more now. I love the crunchiness but not the strings.

4:18AM PDT on Apr 17, 2015

Thank you for sharing:)

10:31AM PDT on Apr 14, 2015

It's even better for you than I thought it was. Tasty too, and having something with crunch can fend off the desire for crackers. I'm adding some to my next shopping list.

10:32AM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

Sodium is Sodium is Sodium!!! Natural, organic; it's still Sodium. That statement is rot!!

7:42PM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

As long as you don't eat too much stuffed with peanut butter. :-)

7:35PM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

Celery is one of EWG's "Dirty Dozen" (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/index.php), so it's worth searching for -- and paying for -- organic.

I've recently reconnected with raw celery, and have discovered that I like it better in skinny sticks -- cut in half lengthwise -- and that it's great dipped in salad dressing or even just yellow mustard. Nice start to a meal, and it also stands in for a green salad very nicely.

1:52PM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

Interesting and surprising facts, thanks you , well worth eating more celery : )

1:30PM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

I love to eat celery with peanut butter stuffing...thanks

11:44AM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

Thanks

11:43AM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

Thanks

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