Celery for high blood pressureCelery is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat high blood pressure and modern research agrees finding that the the phthalides in celery relax the muscle tissue in artery walls and therefore increase blood flow. Even though it has a high sodium content, celery is still is high on the list of vegetables doctors recommend to patients suffering from hypertension because of it’s proven ability to lower blood pressure.
Celery for lowering cholesterolAnimal studies have shown that celery can increase bile acid secretion and so lower cholesterol
Celery for bone and joint healthCelery is a great source of silicon which is an important nutrient for connective tissue. Due to this silicon content celery can help to renew bones, joints and arteries.
Celery as a hangover cureIn ancient Rome they used to wear celery around their neck as a way of warding off a hangover after a night of debauchery. Some people suggest that this is the reason we put a celery stick in a Bloody Mary. I’m not sure wearing celery has much health benefit but I do think the high water content, vitamin C and the fact that celery is high in both sodium and potassium make it a good vegetable to choose if you’ve been drinking.
Celery for cancer preventionCelery contains compounds called coumarins that help prevent free radicals from damaging cells, thus decreasing the mutations that increase the potential for cells to become cancerous. However that’s not all, celery also contains acetylenics a compound that has been shown in research to stop the growth of cancer cells and phenolic acids which block the cancer promoting actions of prostaglandins.
A word of warningResearchers consistently place celery on the list of vegetables that are most likely to be contaminated with pesticides so it’s best if you can find an organic source of this vegetable or at the very least wash it carefully with a fruit and vegetable wash.
Suggestions for enjoying celery.
- I like celery in juice and often combine it with green leafy vegetables and apples to make a nutritious green drink.
- Try this chunky chick pea spread on wholegrain toast
- Chopped celery adds a satisfying crunch to stir fries
- I always add celery stalks to casseroles because it adds to the depth of flavor
- Why not braise celery and serve it as a vegetable side dish
- Celery combines beautifully with apples and walnuts for a crunchy salad.