Posted by: godshealingplants | March 17, 2019

CELERY FOR YOUR HEALTH

HISTORY

Celery has the scientific name of Apium graveolens, and is a vegetable in the plant family called Apiaceae.

It is an extremely old vegetable, with records showing that celery leaves were part of the remains found in the tomb of the pharaoh “King Tutankhamun,” who died in 1323 B.C. Celery is even mentioned in Homer’s “Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” as horses were said to eat wild celery that grew throughout Troy.

Celery was probably first used as a food by the French around 1623. For about the next century its use was confined to flavoring because of the strong flavor of early types. By the middle part of the 18th century celery stored in cellars was enjoyed by the more affluent people of northern Europe during the winter. Its use as a food spread rapidly after that time. It most likely was introduced to America by the colonists and by 1806, four cultivated varieties were listed. In the United States today, the variety ‘Pascal’ dominates commercial production.

ABOUT

 Most people are familiar with the fragrant and flavorful celery, but not everyone knows that its seeds are just as useful and as nutritious as the plant’s stalks. Celery seed has been especially famous in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, where it is used as a diuretic, cold remedy and an anti-inflammatory medicine. But while celery seeds are well-known in Eastern medicine, very few people in Western territories know about the numerous uses of this spice.

Celery seeds are found in the flowers of the celery plant, which normally develop in the second year after cultivation. The seeds also function as the primary mode of propagation for the celery plant.

Celery seeds are usually small and dark brown, and taste and smell like celery stalks. They can boost the flavor of a dish and lend it an aromatic twist. Aside from the culinary use of celery seeds; they can be used to make an extract or oil to deal with different ailments.

NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

 Celery is a rich source of phenolic phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These phytonutrients include: caffeic acid, caffeoylquinic acid, cinnamic acid, coumaric acid, ferulic acid, apigenin, luteolin, quercetin, kaempferol, lunularin, beta-sitosterol and furanocoumarins. Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. It is a very good source of folate, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese and pantothenic acid. It is also a good source of vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin A.

Celery contains approximately 35 milligrams of sodium per stalk, so salt-sensitive individuals can enjoy celery, but should keep track of this amount when monitoring daily sodium intake.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Boosts Immune System – Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, celery greatly boosts the immune system and makes it more active and efficient. Eating this vitamin C rich vegetable regularly can reduce your risk of catching a common cold, as well as protect you against a variety of other diseases.

Controls Diabetes – Celery leaves are also eaten for treating various diabetic conditions. This is because of their high fiber content, which has been shown to help manage diabetic symptoms.

Detoxifies the Body – It acts as an antioxidant, and all parts of celery, including the seeds, roots, and leaves can be used. Eating this vegetable regularly helps to avoid diseases of the kidney, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.

Fights Infections – Celery seeds contain antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and has been used to fight infections for centuries. The use of celery extract fights bacterial infections, improves the immune system and inhibits bacterial growth.

Helps Prevent Cancer – Celery is one of the cancer-protective vegetables it contains polyacetylenes that are chemoprotective compounds. Polyacetylenes boost the immune system and inhibit the growth of cancer tumor. Moreover, polyacetylenes are well-known for its bioactivities such as antiplatelet-aggregatory, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antibacterial and cytotoxic properties.

Improves Digestion – The diuretic effect of celery brings a number of digestive benefits. Eating celery can treat water retention, relieve bloating and boost digestion.

Improves Heart Health – The notable presence of vitamin C, fiber, and other organic chemicals in the roots of celery promotes cardiovascular health.

Lowers Arthritis Pain – Celery is great for people suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and pain around the joints. Celery extracts, which contain 85% 3-n-butylphthalide (3nB), are effective in giving relief from arthritis and muscular pains. It also act as a diuretic, which helps remove uric acid crystals that build up around the body’s joints that can add to the pain and discomfort.

Lowers Cholesterol Level – A research study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that eating celery every day may reduce artery-clogging cholesterol (called LDL or bad cholesterol). The phthalides in this herb also stimulate the secretion of bile juices, which work to reduce cholesterol levels. Less cholesterol means less plaque on the artery walls and a general improvement in heart health. The fiber that is found in it also works to scrape the cholesterol out of the bloodstream and eliminate it from the body with regular bowel movements, further boosting cardiovascular health.

Lowers Inflammation – Celery is loaded with polysaccharides and antioxidants. The antioxidants have the ability to cure free-radical damage that contributes to inflammation. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis are caused by inflammation.

Nerve Tonic – Celery contains high calcium and due to this, it is commonly used to calm the nerves.

Prevents Liver DiseasesCelery is an ideal liver cleansing food. Regular consumption of celery can help protect kidney health and prevent liver diseases. Celery is high in vitamin C, B, A and iron. Since it contains diuretic properties, it can remove toxins and contaminants from your body.

Prevent Ulcers – Regular consumption of celery can help prevent and treat painful ulcers. A special type of ethanol extract in celery is effective in preventing the formation of ulcers in the lining of the digestive tract. 

Reduces Asthma Symptoms – Vitamin C present in celery prevents free radical damage and also has anti-inflammatory properties that lessen the severity of inflammatory conditions like asthma.

Reduces Blood Pressure – Celery contains phthalides, which are organic chemical compounds that can lower the level of stress hormones in your blood. Also, a 2009 study revealed that celery has hypolipidemic effects on your body that allow your blood vessels to expand, giving your blood more room to move, thereby reducing pressure. It also contains potassium, which is a vasodilator and helps in reducing blood pressure. When blood pressure is reduced, it puts less stress on the entire cardiovascular system and reduces the chances of developing atherosclerosis or suffering from a heart attack or stroke.

Reduces the Risk of Urinary Tract Infections – Celery has the ability to boost urine production and decrease uric acid; therefore, eating celery on a regular basis can help prevent bacterial infections within the digestive tract and reproductive organs. Like cranberries, celery is an effective home remedy for bladder disorders, urinary tract infections, kidney problems and cysts on the reproductive organs.

Regulates Fluid Balance – Celery is rich in both sodium and potassium, and both of these minerals help regulate the fluid balance in the body. 

Salt Alternative – For people who are looking for salt alternatives, ground celery seed spice is a good choice.

Weight Loss – Regular drinking of celery juice before meals may help reduce your weight. It is very low in calories and it also gives you a feeling of being full; therefore, it can help reduce the tendency to overeat and help you keep the weight down without feeling hungry all the time!

Celery helps prevent many diseases and conditions that include neuritis, constipation, catarrh, pyorrhea and dropsy, mental exhaustion, acidosis, anemia, obesity, joint pain, irritable bowel syndrome, skin disorders migraines and tuberculosis. It also helps in improving overall health and strength of teeth.

HOW TO BUY AND STORE

 In North America, the type of celery most grown and eaten is called “pascal celery,” while in Europe “celeriac” celery is more popular.

Knowing that celery is one of the most chemical-sprayed vegetables there is, always look for organic celery whenever possible to get the most benefits of celery without consuming toxins and chemicals. The Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” shows that celery is usually sprayed with multiple types of pesticides.

When picking out celery, make sure the stalks seem firm and aren’t too limber. If the stalks have their leaves attached still, look for brightly colored leaves that are not wilting.

Don’t wash celery right away after bringing it home because this can cause it go bad quicker. Store celery, wrapped in a moist paper towel in an open plastic bag inside the refrigerator for about five to seven days.

It’s not recommended to freeze celery because it becomes mushy once defrosted.

To clean and cut celery, discard the base that’s usually firm and white or you can experiment to re-grow it, by putting the cut off base in a container with a small amount of water and watching it grow.

You can save the leaves and use these in recipes, such as salads, soups, stews or a sauté. Celery leaves are a good source of vitamins and minerals just like the stalks, so don’t waste them!

Rinse the celery stalks and leaves well to remove any dirt and then cut the stalks into pieces.

HOW TO ENJOY

Add celery to your favorite salad

Celery Juice is excellent for your health

You can stuff them with cream cheese for great hors d’oeuvres

Cream of celery soup with onions and garlic is delicious

You can add them to your garbanzo salad

Use the cut stalks along with carrots, zucchini and peppers for dipping

They also do great for dipping hummus

And chopped celery add a nice crunch to a tuna fish sandwich

A WORD OF CAUTION

Celery belongs to a small group of foods that can cause a severe allergic reaction, and this can lead to fatal anaphylactic shock.

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SOURCES:

http://naturalnews.com

http://mercola.com

http://drjockers.com

REFERENCES:

  1. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/11143
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/231547155
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5291566/
  4. https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/sssaj/abstracts/21/6/SS0210060621

DISCLAIMER:

This article is meant to be informational and educational regarding traditional uses of herbs for medicinal purposes and not as medical advice. Always follow up with your doctor for concerns regarding your health. The FDA approves herbs as dietary supplements only.

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