Celery has an awful lot of goodness to offer, whether you are trying to lose weight or eating to keep healthy or just love eating it. It’s one of those veggies that you should give a little more attention to. I think I’m in the third category and love adding it in my salads, soups, casseroles, stews and vegetable juices.
Here’s some of the health benefits that it can provide you with.
#1 Helps with Weight Loss
Celery is one of the most perfect vegetables to snack on when you are trying to drop a few kilos or just watching your weight. One large celery stalk is only 10 calories. The only thing to watch out here is to make sure you don’t snack on them with fattening dips or dressings as you’ll just undo all the weight loss benefits !
#2 Reduces Inflammation
Celery contains anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain and inflammation in the body. If you suffer from asthma, acne, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease it would be an excellent food to add to your meals.
#3 Reduces Stress Levels and Helps Promote Sleep.
Do you need some natural stress relief from physical and mental stressors ? If so celery can help since it is pack full of magnesium and an essential oil that helps promote relaxation. Celery sticks make the perfect bedtime snack because it can actually help you fall asleep and stay asleep. The vegetable also works for calming down anxiety and panic attacks since it does contain a medicinal property in it that acts as a natural sedative.
#4 Promotes Alkaline Balance
Celery contains minerals which help regulate the body’s alkaline balance and which prevents your body from becoming over acidic. An overly acidic body strongly influences the risk for osteoporosis, sarcopenia (muscle loss), fractures and kidney stone formation -- and possibly diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid problems, cancer and other insidious conditions.
#5 Keeps the Digestive System Working Smoothly
Celery makes an excellent digestive aid. It has plenty of fiber and water. These two elements are important for keeping the digestive system running smoothly and helps to combat and prevent discomforting conditions such as constipation. Celery does contain diuretic properties so those suffering from diarrhea should not consume a large amount of this vegetable because it can make the situation worse.
#6 Keeps Eyesight Healthy
One large celery stalk a day can provide your body with vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for maintaining eye health. Considering having some celery sticks each day for snack or adding it to a main dish to help get the potent nutrient from it into your diet.
#7 Promotes Heart Health
Eating a few stalks of celery each day can help to reduce the bad cholesterol in your body. It also helps to promote proper blood circulation, reduces high blood pressure, which is also essential for keeping your heart health and strong.
#8 Natural Aphrodisiac
Surprise ! Surprise ! Who would have thought that munching on celery sticks can also help spice up your love life ! Celery promote arousal as it contains two pheromones known as androstenone and androstenol.
#9 Prevents Cancer
A daily dose of celery is wonderful for preventing certain types of cancers such as pancreatic cancer and breast cancer. This is because celery contains powerful antioxidants in it that inhibits cancer cells.
To receive utmost benefits from celery, it would be recommended that it is best to eat fresh organic celery that is free from harsh pesticides, preservatives and chemicals. This is because fresh organic celery contains the medicinal properties and nutrients in it that are actually beneficial to the body. So snack away, and enjoy this super vegetable. Your body will thank you for doing so.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !