Celery’s an amazing and versatile food that’s full of vitamins and minerals. It’s amazing because it strengthens our joints, fights inflammation, and defends the body against cancer.
It’s versatile because you can do so many things with it: eat it just like it is, dip it in things like hummus or peanut butter, or you can add it to your favorite soup or smoothie.
Take a look at ten reasons to add celery to your everyday diet if you haven't already.
1. Heals Bladder Infections
As natural diuretic, celery allows the body to rid itself of gallstones and other bacteria in the urinary tract. By flushing the bacteria, any bladder infections are treated. By eating celery you’re promoting good health in both the digestive and urinary systems.
2. Reduces Inflammation
Luteolin is a phytochemical that has been proven to reduce inflammation in various parts of the body. Surprisingly enough, that includes inflammation in the brain. Celery is rich in luteolin which makes it a great reason to eat it daily.
3. Strengthens the Joints
Both gout and arthritis are conditions associated with inflammation in the joints, but that’s not all they have in common. Their symptoms can be reduced by drinking one celery smoothie per day—reducing swelling and inflammation as well as stiffness in the joints.
4. Reduces Cholesterol
Celery also contains another phytochemical called phthalides. This chemical compound produces bile acids which in turn reduce the bad cholesterol—or LDL in the blood. By eating a few sticks of celery a day, you can effectively lower your bad cholesterol levels.
5. Helps Regulate Blood Pressure
Those same phthalides that reduce LDL levels also work to relax the muscles around our arteries. This allows the blood vessels to dilate and lower our blood pressure. In addition to the phthalides, celery is rich in potassium, an important mineral that also assists in managing blood pressure.
6. Helps in Weight Loss
One great thing about celery is its very low caloric count. One stalk contains only 15 calories. Since celery contains a high amount of fiber, when we eat it, we feel full longer. That keeps us from snacking which leads to weight gain.
7. Defends Against Cancer
Celery contains certain chemical compounds that help us fight cancer. If you’re thinking that one of those is phthalides, you’d be right. The other cancer fighting compound is called polyacetylenes. Together they take the poison out of cancer cells in the body, preventing several kinds of cancers.
8. Relieves Stress
It could be the satisfaction we get by crunching into a fresh celery stick that helps reduce stress, but it’s most often attributed to the magnesium that celery contains. This powerful mineral has a calming effect on the central nervous system. Try eating celery as a bed-time snack to take away the day’s stress and have a more restful night of sleep.
9. Treats Halitosis
When bacteria gets lodged in between our teeth and gums, it causes halitosis—commonly knowns as bad breath. Celery’s texture works to remove food that’s stuck in our mouths—giving us fresher smelling breath.
10. Improves Digestion
Celery is high in both water and fiber. Since our digestive tracts don’t breakdown fiber, it keeps us regular—while fighting constipation.
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