The celery, we know as the watery and crunchy stick veggie, that we can only eat with dips, is the most underrated food out of all that we can purchase on the market. You may think that this veggie is just water and maybe a little bit of fiber, but you are wrong because this veggie is far more beneficial and has a bigger purpose, keep reading below in the article and find out.
This veggie is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium and calcium. But the most important ingredients that are contained inside the celery, are the phytonutrients. These chemicals are only there to prevent from sun ray damage and insects, but the effects that can be provided on humans are very impressive!
The phytonutrients have one of the most powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and they are also able to enhance the intracellular communication as well as our immune system, and most importantly they are able to repair the damage that is done to the DNA from the toxins. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the consumption of these phytonutrients regularly, is very beneficial and you can even prevent and decrease the risk of a heart disease and cancer!
The long term benefits of the celery are miraculous, but if there are long term, surely there are short term benefits as well. There are some people that have included celery in their everyday diet, and they have experienced quite amazing changes and benefits, and they’ve been consuming it only for one week.
Higher levels of hydration – Since the structure of the celery is 95% water, it is one of the best foods to consume in order to prevent from dehydration and it is also a good food to consume as a snack through the whole day.
Weight loss – The celery is very rich in fiber, it contains 1.6 g in a cup of celery, and it is very low in calories, it has from 10 to 15 calories in a stack of celery, so it is good to consume in case of food cravings.
Anti-inflammatory – If you want to decrease the risk of cancer or a heart disease, then you should add celery into your every diet, it will also prevent from a chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammation is closely connected to these diseases.
It is able to stop acid reflux and heartburn – For the treatment of these conditions, many experts have recommended celery, because is is very low in acids. Even though that there aren’t enough studies done on the celery’s ability to treat the acid reflux or heartburn, there are some people who have tried it and have reported very positive effects.
Reduces the risk of a disease connected to the stomach lining – According to a study, the celery’s antioxidants are able to reduce the risk of gastritis and gastric ulcers as well.
Improves digestion – Many people are suffering from constipation and stomach problems at the moment, and they are the only ones to know how important it is to include fiber into the everyday diet. The celery is a rich source of fiber, therefore it is able to maintain your bowel movements healthy at all times.
Improves blood pressure and cholesterol levels – According to a study done at the University of Chicago, it was cocnluded that the celery contains a chemical called phthalide, which had the ability to lower the blood pressure by 18% and the cholesterol levels by 7%.
Regulates the alkaline balance in your body – Because of its alkaline nature, and low acid containment, the celery is able to normalize the pH levels in the body, therefore preventing from acid buildups.
Provides a soothing effect – The celery is able to relax our nerve system, because of the richness in magnesium. Actually Hippocrates which is known as the father of medicine, has written that the celery was used for calming the nerves in order to fall asleep. Also people were using it to treat nerve system related disorders.
Improves eye health – We know that the vitamin A is the one that protects our cornea, and this vitamin is contained in the celery in huge amounts. It is also able to treat dry eyes.
It is a natural aphrodisiac – Since the celery is rich in male pheromones, androstenol and androstenone. And many people believe that men who consume celery will have increased perceived of attractiveness.
UTI treamtent – There are many places across the globe where the celery is the best and most effective way to treat UTIs. The celery provides a duretic effect, therefore it is helping you to expel water, but not to lose potassium at all.
Mosquito repellant – Maybe your grandparents are familiar that he celery can be used as a mosquito repellant. According to the latest studies, the celery contains an oil that can be used as a mosquito repellant when it is rubbed directly on the skin.
Boosts male fertility – When combined with vitamin E, the celery can be used to elevate the sperm count in men. The male hormone, aldosterone that we mentioned above, is also creating a very healthy environment for sperm.
Now that you’ve found out that the celery is not a watery stick with a little bit of fiber, it would be wise to include it in your everyday diet. The positive effects will be notable after the first week of consumption.