India, China, Egypt, and Rome have been known to use celery and celery seed extracts for centuries to cure arthritis, gout and pain relief. Celery is considered a Superfood because of its abundant health benefits. Celery is most commonly recognized as a diet food due to its high fiber and low calorific content, but it helps in so much more than weight loss. Being rich in water and fiber content it also has copious amounts of Vitamin K and molybdenum and good amounts of vitamin C, vitamins B-2 and B-6, and vitamin A.
Nutrients like folate, manganese, potassium, pantothenic acid, and dietary fiber are also present in celery. Phytonutrients, which have tremendous anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are also present in both the celery plant and its seeds. Let us read on to know more about the health properties of this quick snack.
Sometimes, celery is considered a negative calories food, meaning that it takes up more calories to digest celery than the celery itself contains! This is yet to be scientifically proven, but one stalk of celery contains just 10 calories, which is almost negligible.
Another factor that contributes to weight loss is the high fiber and water content in celery, which helps you feel full and turn down those junk-food cravings to a bare minimum. This high fiber and water content also keeps you hydrated and keeps you from bloating. Eating some stalks of celery before every meal also ensures that you don’t overeat and helps reduce the portion size.
Research has shown that eating celery releases the pheromones levels that increase the sexual scents in both men and women. In men, the pheromones is release through their sweat, making men more attractive to women. It also increase their sex drive and giving them a stronger climax.
Helps support digestion
Apiuman in celery is shown to improve stomach lining, reduce ulcers in the stomach and promote modulation of stomach secretions. The fiber supports digestion and keeps issues like constipation and bowel syndrome at bay.
Celery consists of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Since it is dietary fiber, it cannot get digested or absorbed by the body. The soluble fiber adds bulk to your stool, making it softer and easier to pass to avoid constipation and irregularity. The insoluble fiber helps in proper digestion of food by feeding your good bacteria. The fiber in celery also absorbs water and solidifies your stool with roughage to prevent diarrhea.
3-n-butylphthaline (3nb) is a compound found in celery which helps reduce LDL cholesterol. Research shows that eating 4 stalks of celery lowers your LDL cholesterol by 7%. Its high antioxidant content disables free radicals and prevents many cardiovascular and heart diseases which are caused due to a high cholesterol level.
Inflammation occurs when your body defends itself against any bodily injury your body might receive. Although, chronic inflammation is a problem in itself which can be reduced by eating food rich in antioxidants. Celery contains up to 25 anti-inflammatory compounds to protect your body against inflammation.
For centuries, celery has been used to overcome inflammation. According to some research, celery seed extract has been found to be more effective in treating arthritis symptoms than drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Another benefit that comes from celery usage is that it doesn’t cause stomach damage as opposed to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) while treating inflammation.
Regardless of one having arthritis, consuming celery also helps minimize aches caused by exercising, keeps your skin clean and improves functions of all the other organs.
Replace your sports drink (or any other electrolyte supplement you take) that you take after a workout with celery. Celery replenishes the electrolytes in your body without adding enormous amounts of sugar to your diet. Its high water content ensures that you stay hydrated, and the sodium and potassium that you lose via sweating is restored by its intake.
It’s not necessary to eat the stalks, you can simply drink celery juice or incorporate it into your pre-workout diet. Not only does celery help with the regulation of water in your body, but it also benefits your kidneys.
Treatment or prevention of kidney stones
A common yet painful occurrence in life is kidney stones. It sneaks up on you and causes excessive pain and discomfort. But what if I were to tell you, that celery keeps this problem at bay as well. Due to the high water content in celery, it keeps you hydrated which in turn flushes out excess calcium (which is the main component of most stones), preventing stone formation.
But on the off chance that a stone is formed, celery juice provides extra water to pass it and clears away toxins that are associated with stone formation. Even doctors recommend eating more celery to quicken the process of passing the stone out.
Acne can be a constant part of one’s life and can be a cause of continual frustration. And even though it is a widespread problem, there is still no one particular solution to it. Since paying big bucks to cure acne is not up everyone’s alley, celery provides an inexpensive yet effective cure for it.
Streptococcus or strep is usually the cause of acne. Sodium present in celery acts as an anti-septic and fights off strep bacteria. It also detoxifies the liver and strengthens your immune system to prevent strep bacteria to become acne in the future. For results, you can both eat or simply apply celery (by cutting the stalk and boiling it in water) to your skin.
Increases brain power
Celery contains luteolin, a type of flavanoid antioxidant is known to calm inflammation in the brain. Various studies have shown that luteolin reduces the rate of age-related memory loss in mice. No study has yet been conducted on its effects on humans but the trials seem promising and can’t be overlooked.
Include celery in your diet and experience the positive change in your life. It is recommended to drink 1 glass (16-ounces) of celery juice every morning continuously for a week to realize its benefits. For best results, you should eat fresh (not aged more than 7 days) celery and consume it within an hour of cutting or crushing it.