Benefits Of Consuming Celery
Let’s face it, very few people actually like celery. From its taste down to its texture, celery is a vegetable that many love to hate. In Poland, the lack of Celery in the vegetable market doesn’t help matters when it comes to its acceptance among the Polish people.
However, one look at the health benefits that come with consuming celery and you’ll be rushing to stock up your pantry with the vegetable. Granted, celery is not the best tasting vegetable known to man, but there are creative ways on how to incorporate it into your diet. For some, juicing celery is the only way they can get it past their throats, while for others, eating it raw is preferable.
If you’re on the fence about eating this crunchy stalk, below are the top health benefits that you should know about.
Reduces Cholesterol Levels
Other than the fact that celery is a low- calorie vegetable, it helps lower cholesterol levels in the body. This is because, as many studies have proven, celery contains a chemical compound known as Phthalides. Phthalides help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol in the body, which in turn, improves cardiovascular health. Hence, Celery is often recommended for those that suffer from high blood pressure or any other cardiovascular diseases.
Natural Inflammatory Vegetable
Celery is high in compounds known as polyacetylene and apigenin. Additionally, according to the World’s Healthiest Foods, celery is also rich in other phytonutrient antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory. These anti-inflammatory properties fight and reduce free radicals in the body, reducing body damage and improving overall health.
Due to this, celery juice or simply celery is ideal for those suffering from, arthritis, osteoarthritis and asthma just to name a few.
Vitamins and Minerals
Celery is extremely rich in vitamins ranging from Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin C to Vitamin B2. In terms of the minerals, celery is high in potassium, calcium, Folate, sodium and manganese just to mention a few. All the aforementioned nutrients put together bring about a number of health benefits such as:
- Weight loss
- Healthy and youthful looking skin
- Strong teeth and bones
- Improved cognitive health
- Improved energy levels, etc
As previously mentioned, celery is high in anti-inflammatory properties. These anti-inflammatory properties, namely phytonutrient antioxidants, are known to detoxify the body of free radicals. Free radicals are known to cause faster ageing and the development of a number of diseases, including cancer.
Acetylenic and phenolic acids that are found in celery also slow down and prevent the growth of cancer cells in the body.
Strengthens The Immune System
The removal of free radicals from the body significantly lowers the chances of developing diseases. Additionally, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are known to boost the immune system, improving the body’s ability to protect itself.
If you’ve been looking for a healthy and effective way to remove toxic substances from your body, look no further than celery. You can juice it, eat it raw or cooked and still be able to cleanse your body. It not only regulates body fluids, but it also aids in the removal of excess fluids and encourages urination.
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