The Surprising Benefits of Celery
Sometimes I think we get so caught up in what the new health food is, that we forget about foods that have been in our refrigerators forever. Celery is one of those foods. Most people buy it as a “staple”. In fact, for a long time I thought celery was a vegetable. It’s an herb with many healing benefits. Celery it’s so much more than a low calorie food to eat when dieting.
It has the right balance of sodium, potassium, and glucose to really quench your thirst.
The mineral salt in celery is essential for the central nervous system. Those who suffer from migraines integrate it into their protocol to relieve their suffering. The key here is to have pure celery juice, root to leaves, on an empty stomach to absorb it well.
It protects against inflammation in the digestive tract, defends against heart disease, inhibits the growth of cancer causing cells, and enhances the immune system. Studies have also shown celery reduces inflammation in the brain thereby boosting memory.
In addition to Vitamin C and flavonoids, beta-carotene, and manganese, scientists have discovered additional antioxidant nutrients that protect our cells, blood vessels, and organ systems.
- The whole celery is edible: roots to leaves.
- Celery is readily available and is reasonably priced.
- At sixteen calories per cup, it’s easy to understand why it’s been a diet food staple. While it’s low in calories, it’s packed with fiber which enables it to move through our digestive tracks easier reducing risk for colon cancer.
Before celery was introduced as a vegetable in food back in the Middle Ages, it was designated for medicine in the 9th century. It wasn’t introduced to the United States until the early 1900’s.
Next time you’re shopping for celery, go for organic. Celery is on the EWG Dirty 12 Clean 15 list. Celery is “Dirty”, meaning it’s most likely to carry pesticide residue. EWG is the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives.
Go ahead and enjoy celery as a snack with natural peanut butter or hummus, in a Mirepoix for soups, stocks, and sauces, steamed as a vegetable for lunch or dinner, for added crunch in a salad. Get creative! Celery is so much more than a cocktail garnish!