Healing Power of Celery
Health Protection in a Stalk
Some of us are crazy about celery, others simply hate it. Whether you love it of loath it, you cannot deny the healing power of celery. The ancient Romans often wore wreaths of celery on their heads as protection against hangovers during their notorious party days. While there is no documentation to validate this claim, it might be best to lay off the heavy stuff and pour yourself a green vegetable juice that includes a few celery stalks. While celery might not stop your head from spinning in all directions, Asian folk have been using celery for centuries as a remedy for high blood pressure.
Celery is actually a member of the parsley family, so much so, the leaves of this stalker have a striking resemblance to that of their bushy leaf cousin. Not only does celery contain a number of chemical compounds that may help lower high blood pressure and perhaps even prevent certain cancers.
Another chemical compound called 3-n-butylphthalide found in celery helps relax the muscles of the arteries that regulate blood pressure, thus allowing your vessels to dilate. In addition, this particular chemical also helps reduce the amount of “stress hormones” called catecholamines in the blood. This could be good news because stress hormones typically raise blood pressure by causing blood vessels to constrict. There are a few factors you need to follow in order to get the health benefits of celery.
If you suffer from high blood pressure and would like to see if celery will solve your problem, try a strategy recommended by Asian folk practitioners. Eat four to five stalks every day for a week, then stop for three weeks. Thereafter, start the procedure all over again for another week.
What you don’t want to do is consume celery by the bucket load because these green stalks contain sodium. One stalk contains as much as 35 milligrams, and for some people, this could have the opposite effect by causing your blood pressure to rise rather than fall. Eating large quantities of celery can be hazardous to your well-being should you have salt-sensitive hypertension.
Vegetable Juice with Celery
Health Protection in a Stalk
I bet not many guys know that celery contains a natural steroid called androstenone which causes their sweat glands to release the pheromone androstenol, also often used in colognes and sprays to attract members of the opposite sex. This may entice more guys to go out and make celery a must have the sexy item in their shopping basket. And another good reason to snack on celery is it can lower your risk of developing colon cancer as well as help reduce high blood pressure. Celery is also a good source of insoluble fibre as well as essential nutrients, including potassium, vitamin C, and calcium.
And who would have thought that crunching on celery stalks might help cancer? It’s because celery contains a number of compounds said to help prevent cancer cells from spreading. Celery contains compounds called acetylenics, which have been shown to prevent tumour cells from growing. Celery contains compounds called phenolic acids, which block the action of hormonelike substances called prostaglandins. Some of those compounds are thought to encourage the growth of tumour cells.
Getting the most out of your Celery
It’s not just the sweet, succulent stalk of this green plant that’s super healthy for you, it’s the leaves that contain the most potassium, vitamin C, and calcium. While many vegetables lose their nutrients during cooking, most of the compounds in celery hold up pretty well during the cooking process. You can consume celery any way you like it. Celery can be eaten raw, cooked or as part of a green juice.
A cup of raw or cooked celery will provide you with about 10 milligrams of vitamin C, 15 percent of the daily value. The same amount will provide you with just over 400 milligrams of potassium, 12 percent of the daily value and 60 milligrams of calcium, 6 percent of the daily value.
In addition to this, celery seeds will provide you with a nutritional bonus. One tablespoon of seeds added to a soup, stew or salad contains about 3 milligrams of iron, 17 percent of the daily value. You may not be familiar with celery seeds, but they can be found in the spice section of supermarkets.
Warm Celery and Red Pepper Salad
Ingredients for 4 Servings
- 5 Large Celery Stalks
- 1/2 Cup of thinly sliced roasted sweet Red Peppers
- 1 Teaspoon of Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Celery Seeds
- 1 Tablespoon of Rice Vinegar or White Wine Vinegar
- 2 Teaspoons of Brown Sugar
- First, remove the leaves from the celery stalks. Chop the leaves and set aside.
- Next, cut the stalks into 1/8″ diagonal slices.
- Warm the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the celery stalks and toss them frequently for one or two minutes, or until tender but still crisp.
- Add the sweet red peppers and toss again to combine with the celery.
- Stir the vinegar, brown sugar, and celery seeds.
- Cook until the sugar dissolves, then remove from the heat
- Optional: Stir in a few celery leaves.