The name celery for anybody that has anything to do with a kitchen reminds you of those nice smelling and tasty leaves that are used to garnish some delicacies.
It has been so associated with the kitchen that talk of celery in any other context seems a bit out of place. But even before we knew of celery as a good addition to some meals, it had been used for millennia to handle varying health issues.
Apium graveolens, as it is also called, is a crunchy vegetable, succulent and makes for a very delicious meal. As you bite and chew, savouring the taste and enjoying the juices as they go down your gut, be reminded that you are getting invaluable health benefits from this particular vegetable.
The whole plant from the stalks to the leaves and even the seeds are useful for both the kitchen and medical treatment.
What celery does in the body.
Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of this vegetable, from its antioxidant to its anti-inflammatory properties, this plant is useful at many different levels.
1. This vegetable is rich in nutrients.
It is not just crunchy but a low calorie and highly nutritious plant. It is estimated that 118gm of this food offers 1.8 gm of fibre. Also provides a very rich mix of minerals and vitamins at just 15kcal which is quite a lot considering how much in terms of calories you will get from other food sources.
It has mostly fats soluble vitamins making it ideal for every day no matter what the person’s physical condition is. It has the following vitamins and minerals in about this approximate amounts ;
- Vitamin K: 32.2 mcg (26.8% DV),
- Folate: 40 mcg (10% DV),
- Potassium: 286 mg (6% DV),
- Vitamin B2: 0.063 mg (4.8% DV),
- Vitamin B6: 0.081 mg (4.7% DV),
- Calcium: 44 mg (3.3% DV)
2. Has Antioxidant And Anti-Inflammatory Properties.
It is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and actively fights against DNA destroying free radicals which are produced mostly when the body breaks down food for its body needs. Free radicals can also be produced when a person abuses alcohol and tobacco.
Through their oxidative actions, free radicals are known to cause diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease etc. It is a known hazard to health. Anything, drug or food that can indeed clear them off is totally acceptable.
Its anti-inflammatory properties are marked and it also contains compounds that are antioxidative giving free radicals and their oxidative property no chance at all. These compounds include; caffeic acid, apigenin, p-coumaric acid, saponin, ferulic acid, luteolin, and tannin.
3. Can help with your weight loss.
It has very low-calorie content while it’s fibre content is very high, meaning when you eat this crunchy water filled vegetable, you feel full for hours without actually adding any more calories than you need.
No fear though, celery is not void of calories, it gives you just enough calories but keeps you feeling less hungry because of the fibre content. So if you are looking to manage your weight or cut down, it will be a good idea to add celery to your meals.
4. Has antipyretic properties.
That just means it can bring down your temperature. Researchers suggest the compound methoxsalen in celery can actually bring down body temperature.
They induced fever in the animal subjects of study and administered celery base mixture which had immediate an immediate effect on the fever, bringing it down. So think of celery when you are fighting a temperature.
5. Protects your stomach against ulcers.
Are those drugs for gastritis not working anymore? Why not try eating some celery. Researchers have shown through animal studies that, the antioxidant properties of this plant can help reduce gastric acid production thus protecting your stomach lining from their effect and giving you much-needed relief, the seeds have been found to destroy H. pylori ulcers
6. It helps control blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is affecting more and more people especially in the western world where eating habits are changing and people are becoming more inactive. Millions of people around the world have this problem and suffer from diabetes-linked problems like eye conditions, high blood pressure, kidney problems etc.
Researchers are beginning to find some answers from the celery leaf. In one study, celery leaf extracts were found to bring down pre-prandial glucose levels when taken 30mins before meals.
Flavonoids such as kaempferol found in celery also help by promoting the production of beta cells in the pancreas and protecting them from oxidative stress also giving them the optimum conditions to function.
They help control glucose metabolism in the liver. Also, researchers have observed that celery seeds have an antidiabetic effect, helping boost insulin secretion and glucose metabolism in the liver.
7. Lowers Blood Pressure.
With so many people suffering from high blood pressure and related ailments, it will come as some good news to many people that many scientists are working on this issue. During an animal study, a diuretic compound found in celery, 3-n-butylphthalide P), was found to reduce blood pressure by 12 to 14 per cent which is quite significant.
It is true that celery has lots of sodium so while consuming the daily required amount, you must limit your self to 2300 mg of sodium daily.
8. Helps Manage Cholesterol Levels.
Researchers found in an animal study that, celery indeed has a lipid-lowering property with leaf extracts significantly lowering LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides. Their seeds also reduced significantly LDL levels while bringing HDL up significantly.
These are some of the many ways celery consumption can benefit your health. There are so many other ways, like fighting digestive diseases, fighting against Parkinson’s disease and arthritis, boosting mood and memory and also improving on the sexual health of men. That is just to name a few. It is a very tasty vegetable but also very medicinal. Give it a try, you won’t have any regrets. Good luck.