Celery is a member of the Umbelliferae family, together with parsley and fennel. It has crunchy ribs and a salty taste and is often added to salads and soups.
The green celery is higher in chlorophyll than the white variant, but both are highly nutritious.
Celery is high in vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and C, as well as potassium, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and numerous essential amino acids.
What’s more, it does not lose its nutrients during cooking.
It offers a plethora of health benefits, and here are some of them:
- It contains at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds, including acetylenic, phenolic acids, and coumarins;
- It lowers total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol;
- Celery is rich in the phytochemicals coumarins which prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers;
- It has natural diuretic properties that fight constipation;
- Celery juice balances the pH levels of the blood and neutralizes acidity;
- It rehydrates the body and replenishes the lost electrolytes, so it is great after a workout;
- It is rich in organic sodium that lowers blood pressure, as well as phtalides which relax the muscles around arteries, dilating the vessels and improving blood flow;
- A glass of celery juice will normalize body temperature and cool the body;
- Celery juice contains flavones that prevent sugar spikes and regulate blood sugar levels;
- It helps the elimination of toxins from the body and thus helps the function of the kidneys;
- Celery prevents food cravings and helps weight loss;
- It has diuretic properties that help the elimination of urinary and gallbladder stones;
- It is rich in sodium and potassium that stimulate the production of urine and treat water retention;
- Celery juice calms the nervous system and treats insomnia;
- Celery contains polyacetylene which fights inflammation in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma, and bronchitis;
When you by celery, opt for the green variant and choose firm ribs. You can store celery in a sealed container or a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Sprinkle it with some water and leave it in the fridge for a few hours if it has wilted.
Moreover, note that if you experience skin issues after consuming celery, you might be sensitive to psoralens, a protective layer that this veggie uses as its own pesticide.
Celery juice is a great way to reap all the health benefits of this vegetable. Drink 1-2 glasses daily, 15 minutes before meals.
Here is how to prepare it:
- A whole stalk of celery (about 12-16 ribs)
- ½ lemon with peel
- 1-inch ginger root
- 1 cucumber
- 2 green apples
Clean the ingredients, cut them up, and juice them in the juicer.
Moreover, you can also start your day with the following, nutrient-rich, detox smoothie, that combines the numerous beneficial properties of pears, celery, spinach, and ginger:
Pear Smoothie With Spinach, Celery, and Ginger
- ¼ cup chopped celery
- 1 quarter-size slice fresh ginger, peeled
- A handful of baby arugula
- ½ cup washed spinach leaves
- 1 cup plain kefir or yogurt
- 1 ripe pear, peeled, quartered, cored and cut in chunks
- 1 to 2 tablespoons mint leaves
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds
- ½ banana (50 g), frozen if possible, sliced
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
- 1 or 2 ice cubes
You should place all the ingredients listed above in a blender, and blend them for a minute, or until you get a homogeneous mixture, at high speed.
Serve the smoothie immediately, and enjoy its refreshing taste!
Try these two recipes or try some new ways to cook celery and use all its potential in a delicious way!