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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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10:21PM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

I will make celery a snack every night:)

5:35PM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

Hello, Ann! I read your comments and must agree that organic celery is pretty pricey, esp if you intend to eat a lot. By the way, I found the organic celery I buy at a local SMALL grocery chain is less fibrous than the big farm brands are, by far! I'll research yr thought re a supplement, but I doubt that such exists, as if it did, celery salts are large molecular compounds, and the caps would be large, perhaps more than what most people will accept.

5:26PM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

So, I can benefit from one stalk? Another article said you have to consume 4-6 stalks a day. That's kind of pricey 'cause organic celery is about $3.50 a pack and it only have about 8-10 stalks. Is there a supplement that's beneficial?

3:13PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood Stuff, unfortunately, I don't really care for celery, but upon reading this article, I'll have to change my wicked ways!!!

7:36AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

More reasons to eat this under appreciated veggie! I love adding celery to meals it's cheap and gives a nice flavour and crunch to dishes like stir fry, soups and noodles.

12:40AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Thank you :)

3:16PM PST on Feb 26, 2014

thanks!

12:11PM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Nice, thanks.

3:58PM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Great info and details, thank you.
People have commented that they were unaware that celery is "good for us." I think that celery and most types of lettuce have gotten the image of being useless veggies over the years- I know ive heard for decades "lettuce is useless, it's all water." Now after my investigations, I see that this is the point of lettuce! I truly believe that if you can pull it from the ground or off a tree or stalk and eat it as is, then it must be healthy for our bodies. I don't eat these things, but i'm sure that grass and many different types of flowers are good for us as well (have to research that more too).
I do have a question- so I buy celery in a bag- it has yet to be cut into. If I pull or cut one stalk of celery off of the bunch, then the article says it's most nutritious if eaten ASAP. My question: so then what happens to the rest of the bunch? It is no longer intact, a piece is gone, so is the entire bunch now losing it's nutritional value? What's the best way to prep celery, keeping it as dense as possible with nutrients?
Thank you all- glad to discover this site care2.com!
-Tim

10:27PM PST on Feb 8, 2014

While I couldn't imagine stuffing (dressing) without it, I know that celery is cooked to death by the time I eat it. I've always heard celery had much of nothing good in it, as far as vitamins and minerals, so this is a pleasant surprise, and it's definitely something I can afford. Thanks for the info!!

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