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Celery Health Benefits

Celery is an important food source of conventional antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. But its “claim to fame” in terms of antioxidant nutrients may very well be its phytonutrients.

 

Many of these phytonutrients fall into the category of phenolic antioxidants and have been shown to provide anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

 

The high water content of celery, combined with the insoluble fiber in it, makes it a great tool for easy passage of stool.

 

An active compound called phthalides in celery has been proven to boost circulatory health. Raw, whole celery reduces high blood pressure.

 

Celery is used to treat joint pain (rheumatism), gout, hysteria, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion.

 

Celery belongs to a small group of foods that can cause the most severe allergic reactions – potentially causing fatal anaphylactic shock. Therefore, those who are allergic to the vegetable should be very cautious and check food labels.

 

Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumour cells.

 

Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumour cells. And coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.

 

The natural laxative effect of celery helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.

 

The potassium and sodium in celery juice helps to regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, making it an important help to rid the body of excess fluid. Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure.

 

A compound called phtalides help relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally.

 

Celery has a diuretic effect, so it can play a role in eliminating excess body fluid. In many countries, it is recommended as a cleansing vegetable with tonic properties.

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