24 Amazing Health Benefits of Celery

May 23rd, 2019 by Loretta Lanphier

24 Amazing Health Benefits of Celery

Celery – that light green “stalk with strings” that often makes its appearance at parties and celebrations as a finger food and in the fall and winter in warm, savory soups. Celery is one of those vegetables we tend to keep in the bottom of our fridge and only think about it when it’s called for in a recipe or it’s time to clean out all the veggies that have gone bad. Even though celery is often overlooked as a vegetable with much merit, there are many excellent health benefits of celery and thus a good reason to find ways to consume more of it.

DID YOU KNOW? Celery leaves were used for medicinal properties in the 9th century B.C.E. However, consuming celery as a food didn’t take root until the 1700s in Europe.

Celery for Inflammation

Certain illnesses, such as arthritis, have been widely accepted as “inflammatory diseases,” but more and more research is pointing towards the key role that chronic inflammation plays in other health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes and depression. In fact, some researchers believe that inflammation is one of the major players in virtually all forms of disease.

More than a dozen different types of antioxidants are responsible for the health benefits of celery. Those included are phenolic acids as caffeic acid and ferulic acid, plus flavaols like quercetin. These support overall health, especially during the aging process, by fighting free radical damage (or oxidative stress) that can lead to inflammation. These antioxidants in celery make it helpful in supporting a wide range of health issues that are made worse by inflammation. Some of these include joint pain (from arthritis), gout, kidney and liver infections, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, and urinary tract infections, just to name a few.

Benefits of Celery Juice

If you keep up with natural health news, you know how extremely popular drinking raw celery juice has become. In fact, celery juice has been praised as a cure-all for everything from things from digestive issues to pain to skin issues. According to The Guardian, as of October 2018, it’s quadrupled in sales compared to kale juice. And get this – sales in the U.S. have recently increased by 454 percent, and the craze is moving to Britain!

While there is no real scientific evidence to all the health claims of drinking celery juice, that surely doesn’t mean celery juice isn’t effective. In fact, most of the benefits of celery listed below also pertain to fresh, raw celery juice.

Fresh celery provides a source of vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate, manganese, calcium, riboflavin, magnesium, and vitamin B6. It has a high percentage of water and electrolytes that can help prevent dehydration.

So if you want to try juicing celery rather than eating it, go ahead. Many people believe it’s the best thing since sliced bread and has done wonders for their health.

Celery Juice Cleanse Recipe

(Makes 50 ounces)

Ingredients

7 Stalks organic Celery
2 Large organic Beets
8 organic Carrots
2/3 Head organic Red Cabbage
1/2 Head organic Romaine Lettuce
1/2 organic Cantaloupe

Instructions

Thoroughly wash all vegetables in purified water. Run vegetables through juicer one by one. This provides a great tasting celery juice cleanse recipe that is lightly sweet and has a mild spice of celery in the background. For a smaller portion of this celery juice, simply cut the ingredients in half or less to fit your specific needs.

24 Amazing Health Benefits of Celery

  • high in Vitamin C
  • boosts immune system
  • supports healthy blood pressure
  • lowers high cholesterol levels
  • excellent source of antioxidants
  • contains beneficial enzymes
  • boosts digestion
  • helps with weight loss
  • prevents dehydration
  • lowers inflammation
  • helps with joint pain
  • helps urinary infections
  • helps irritable bowel syndrome
  • helps prevent ulcers
  • nourishes stomach, colon & intestines
  • protects liver health
  • reduces bloating
  • anti-microbial properties
  • may help protect from cancer
  • low in calories but nutrient dense
  • reduces uric acid
  • helps replenish electrolytes
  • stimulates urine production
  • helps the body to detox

health benefits of celery

Celery Caution

Celery comes in as number 11 on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) yearly Dirty Dozen List that shows the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue. Due to the use of toxic pesticides, organic foods are always best over those that are conventionally grown and sold at your local grocery store. If you are unable to find organic celery, thoroughly washing your fruits and vegetables before eating them is highly recommended, even if they will be peeled before it’s eaten. The second-best way to avoid harmful pesticides would be to grow your own organic celery in a backyard or patio garden.

More. In general, people who eat organic produce consume fewer pesticides. In a recent study, scientists evaluated the impact of an organic diet by monitoring the level of pesticides found in the urine of participating American families (both adults and children) while they maintained a conventional diet and then after switching to an all-organic diet. Before the organic diet intervention, they detected in the participants’ urine potential exposure to more than 40 different pesticides. After about a week of eating organic food, participants had on average a 60 percent reduction in the levels of synthetic pesticides measured in their urine, compared to when they were eating a conventional diet.

Wrapping It Up

Celery is not only low in calories, but it can definitely be considered an immune-boosting superfood for your body. There are a great number of reasons why you should be including more celery in your diet. From lowering blood pressure to containing microbial properties, celery contains high amounts of vitamin K, folate, potassium and vitamin C that can help fight illness and disease. Celery is an aweswome source of antioxidants and contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Healthy snacks can be made with celery, even recipes that are appealing to children. Celery has many evidence-backed benefits to promote health and support overall well-being. Put it on your grocery list and begin incorporating celery in your healthy recipes.

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Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She studies and performs extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 17 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.

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