If you have the habit to only consume celery when there is a dip around, you are missing out! This marshland plant which has been cultivated as a vegetable since ancient times is actually so much more than a watery stick that transport cheese and onion dips from the bowl to your mouth.
Celery is actually loaded with significant amounts of vitamins (A, B, C, K), calcium, magnesium, and potassium. What is truly special about it, though, are its phytonutrients. These chemicals are used by plants to keep insects away and to protect themselves from the damaging effects of the sun, qualities that can have a positive effect on the human body as well.
Phytonutrients are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, they can enhance the immune system and intracellular communication, as well as repairing DNA damage that results from toxins. According to the US Department of Agriculture, consuming phytonutrients on a regular basis has had measurable results as an effective strategy in combating cancer and heart disease.
What about the short term benefits, though? Are there any that come with eating celery? Here are the most common benefits that people experience in one week after including a portion of celery in their daily diet.
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Celery is low in calories (one stack only has 10-15 calories) and its fiber content of 1.6 grams per cup can go a long way in preventing unhealthy cravings.
Higher levels of hydration
Celery is 95 percent water and making a regular daily snack is a great way to prevent dehydration.
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If you’re at risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer, adding celery to your daily diet can help you prevent chronic inflammation – a condition closely related to those diseases.
Stopping heartburn and acid reflux
Many who have struggled with an acid reflux and heartburn have lauded this plant’s positive effects in taming these issues; this is mainly due to celery’s low acidity.
Improving levels of cholesterol and blood pressure
A study by the University of Chicago found that phthalide, a chemical found in celery, reduced cholesterol levels by 7 percent and blood pressure by 18 percent.
Stomach problems and constipation cannot be overcome without including fiber in their diet and this vegetable’s fiber content helps in keeping bowel movements healthy, among other things.
Celery reduces the risk of damaged stomach lining: studies have found that the antioxidants it contains can reduce gastric ulcers and the risk of gastritis.
It contains a high level of the male pheromones, androstenone, and androstenol; some even believe that eating celery can increase the perceived level of attractiveness of the consumer.
Vitamin A, one of the main vitamins found in celery. It is known as a vitamin that helps in protecting the cornea and it is also effective in treating dry eyes.
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The high magnesium content in celery is known to have a relaxing effect on the nervous system. In fact, even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, has advised that this plant be used to calm the nerves and fall asleep.
Because of its low acidity, celery helps stabilize the PH levels in the body, regulate the alkaline balance and stop acidic buildup.
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This incredible vegetable is also mosquito repellent, as you might remember your grandmother saying. Studies have now shown that celery oil extract works effectively as a mosquito repellent when rubbed on the skin.
Urinary tract infection
In some places around the world, celery is a common and effective way to treat infections of the urinary tract. It has a diuretic effect, so it helps the body expel water without losing too much potassium.
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In combination with Vitamin E, celery has been found to increase a man’s sperm count. The male hormone aldosterone also creates a healthy environment for sperm to mature.
Now that you found out about the wealth of positive effects of this plant which is often mistaken as just a snack full of water and some fiber, what are you waiting for? Off you go to the grocer’s to include celery in your next meal!