Celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce) is a plant variety in the family Apiaceae, commonly used as a vegetable.
- The plant grows to 1 m tall. The leaves are pinnate to bipinnate with rhombic leaflets 3–6 cm long and 2–4 cm broad.
- The flowers are creamy-white, 2–3 mm in diameter, and are produced in dense compound umbels.
- The seeds are broad ovoid to globose, 1.5–2 mm long and wide.
I eat celery all the time. It is funny to me that people don’t like it. People don’t get the benefits and resist even trying to learning about it. I think celery is great. So don’t be so stubborn.
So what are benefits of eating celery? Here are a few.
1) Celery Lowers High Blood Pressure
Despite its relatively high sodium count (104 mg per cup), eating raw Celery can significantly reduce your blood pressure. Celery contains high amounts of phthalides, active compounds that have been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure and promote a healthy circulatory system.
Celery also contains the antioxidant Apigenin and the essential fatty acid Omega-6, both of which are also great for treating hypertension and normalizing blood pressure.
2) Celery Lowers Cholesterol
Researchers, at the University of Chicago, have proven that Celery can lower cholesterol by up to 7 points, when 2 stalks are eaten each day. Celery studies conducted at universities and medical centers around the globe have found similar results, validating the findings of the University of Chicago’s study. It’s believed that the cholesterol lowering component of celery is a chemical called butylphthalide (also known as NBP), which reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol. Butylphthalide is also responsible for celery’s flavor and scent.
3) and 4) Celery Helps Digestion / Constipation
One reason Celery is great for digestion, is it’s insoluble fiber content. One cup of Celery contains 10% of the fiber an average adult needs each day, and insoluble fiber is the kind that hastens food’s journey through the digestive tract and adds bulk to your stool. And since Celery contains a high percentage of water as well as insoluble fiber, the more you eat the softer and easier to pass your stool will be. Also, water itself eases the digestion process and helps prevent digestive issues.
5) Celery is an Anti-Inflammatory
The antioxidant Apigenin and the organic polymer Polyacetylene are anti-inflammatories that greatly decrease inflammation in the arteries, thus preventing blood clots and protecting the body against cellular damage. As a result, Celery has been widely used to treat arthritis, which is caused by inflammation.
Many arthritis sufferers swear by raw celery juice for joint pain relief. It’s also believe to relieve gout, asthma and bronchitis.
6) and 7) Celery is Alkalizing / Boosts Immunity
Because human blood pH levels need to stay between 7.35 and 7.45 (somewhat alkaline), to sustain good health, it’s important for us to include alkalizing foods in our diet to offset the effects of acidic foods, and Celery is one of the most alkalizing foods available.
It’s important to understand that the body will do whatever it takes to maintain the necessary blood pH, regardless of your diet, BUT when we don’t consume enough alkalizing foods our bodies must work harder to maintain that 7.35 to 7.45 balance. The harder our bodies must work to maintain that balance, the more likely we are to feel tired and have a decreased immunity.
Eating an alkaline diet decreases your body’s workload, and helps your immune system function at optimal levels. For this reason, many have credited an alkaline diet with curing all kinds of diseases, including cancer and type 1 diabetes, as well as slowing the aging process.
8) Celery Helps Insomnia and Anxiety
The number one cause of insomnia is stress and anxiety, and Celery contains high amounts of minerals (particularly magnesium) and essential oils that have a soothing effect on the nervous system, making it the perfect evening snack for insomniacs.
9) Celery Prevents and Eliminates Stones
Celery is a outstanding detoxifier. It not only expels the toxins that cause urinary and gallbladder stones to form in the body, it also dissolves any stones that have already formed in those organs. One of my favorite celery detox juice recipes uses 4 celery stalks, 2 ripe pears, a handful of watercress, and a masticating juicer.
If you are suffering with stones in either organ, you should give it a try. It’s absolutely delicious!
10) Celery is an Aphrodisiac
That’s right! Since ancient times, celery has been highly prized as a libido enhancer; even Casanova is reputed to have eaten celery daily to enhance his libido. Today, there is scientific proof that the ancients, and Casanova, were right. It seems that celery contains a substance that increases Androsterone, a male pheromone derived from testosterone, which makes men more attractive to women, scent wise. So, if you’re a man, eating raw celery each day will do for you what AXE for Men can only claim to do.
Many people also contend that celery can increase the weakened sexuality of the person eating it, by bringing their libido back into balance, but, as far as I can tell, there are currently no studies to prove this notion true or false. However, I wouldn’t surprised if this were proven true some day.
Celery is an amazing food, with many impressive health benefits.
The ones I have listed aren’t the only ones, just the most noteworthy (in my humble opinion). Celery also has a flavor and texture that makes it a satisfying snack as well as a great addition to various dishes, juices and smoothies.
Just remember, to get the most health benefits from celery you must eat it raw.