While most people try to get leafy vegetables like cabbage, spinach and kale into their juicing recipes, celery is another way to give a health kick to your green juice. While it may be somewhat overlooked by most, celery is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It has low calories, and this makes it nutritious food with abundant health benefits. The nutrients in celery are retained even after steaming it. Eating it can be a somewhat bland experience, but juicing celery can be fun way to get a lot of its positive benefits as well. Below are just some of the ways that getting more celery into your diet can help your body.
1. Antimicrobial properties
Taking celery can help you fight infections. In some places, celery has been used for centuries as an herbal drug for the management of bacterial infections. Research published in the Journal of pharmacy and pharmacology in the year 2009 supported these claims. Celery seeds extract were able to effectively inhibit bacterial growth. Further research has indicated that celery will not only fight bacterial infections but also boost your immunity.
2. Lowering cholesterol
This is another proven benefit of celery. It’s cholesterol lowering power makes it a powerful vegetable in maintaining heart health. It has a compound called 3-n-butylphthalide that has been researched and proved to have high lipid lowering effects. Celery seeds are helpful in lowering the low-density lipoprotein commonly known as bad cholesterol while increasing the levels of good cholesterol known as the high-density lipoprotein. Celery also has high fiber that collects the cholesterol in our guts assisting in its elimination.
3. Management of blood pressure
The antihypertensive properties of Celery seeds have been researched and proved. Celery is able to control chronic high blood pressure. It is also useful in the prevention of coronary heart disease that is predisposed by high blood pressure. The compounds involved in this process include methanolic, hexanoic, and Phthalide. Phthalide was shown to lower stress hormones in the body, an important process that makes blood vessels relax and expand thus allowing smooth blood flow. Methanolic extracts from celery seeds were shown to improve circulation, lower inflammation of the blood vessels endothelium and this is effective in lowering blood pressure.
4. Weight loss
If you have been worrying about ways to control your weight you should try celery. Celery is low in calorie but rich in dietary fibers. The fiber absorbs water in the alimentary canal. This reduces food craving and makes you remain full for longer. If you constantly eat foods rich in fiber such as celery, you will lose the excess weight.
5. Anti-inflammatory effects of celery
Antioxidants in celery are responsible for the potent anti-inflammatory effects. Some of the antioxidants include flavonols and flavones, luteolin, polyphenols, and furanocoumarins. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects of celery are important for overall body health. Inflammation has ben shown to be a contributing factor in chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Celery is, therefore, beneficial in the management of most inflammatory disorders such as joint pain, skin infections, and irritable bowel syndrome among others.
6. Boost digestion
The fibers in celery also help in promoting digestion and in the prevention of bloating. Celery seeds have oil that serves as a diuretic. The oil improves intestinal circulation allowing excretion of water that is responsible for bloating and puffiness. It also makes one have a complete and fast digestion.
7. Liver health
Celery has been shown to be effective in stimulation of the detoxification process in the liver. It does this by boosting the liver enzyme function, and this increases the detoxification speed. This is the important process of maintaining the liver and overall body health. For the people with liver disease, celery is good for the maintenance of proper liver function.
8. Kidney health
The potassium and sodium salt in celery help in the maintenance of body electrolytes. Celery as a diuretic helps in elimination of toxins. This promotes the overall kidney health.
9. Prevention of urinary tract infections
Celery will act on your urinary tract where it stimulates urine production. It also inhibits the process that accelerates the production of uric acid. These effects together with antibacterial activity of celery serve as an important tool for the prevention of urinary tract infections. Celery, therefore, fight urinary tract infections, prevents bladder disorders, kidney stones among other infections that affect the urinary tract.
10. Cancer prevention
Celery antioxidants are useful in reducing the cancer risk. One of the molecules in celery that has been shown to reduce cancer risk is apigenin. It was observed to be protective against pancreatic tumors. Some studies have also indicated a protective role of celery against breast cancer and stomach cancer.
11. Sex health
Studies have been conducted on the role of celery in sex and arousal. Celery has been shown to have high levels of male hormones androstenone and androstenol that are used during man arousal. The aroma in celery is also aphrodisiac. Some studies also support that celery is able to increase a man’s attractiveness and to last longer in bed.
Going Green With Celery
While the much hyped “superfoods” can be a wonderful addition to any recipe, celery deserves to get more attention. It is often associated with diets in a negative light, like it is somewhat of a chore to eat. However, there are many different ways to incorporate this vegetable into your daily routine. Juicing offers the best convenience, but it is also a great ingredient to add for a crunchy texture. Experimentation is a great way to keep things fresh when trying to go green, so try to have a little fun with some celery the next time you are in the kitchen.