Getting Healthy with Celery

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By: Nulacha Sutthinonthagul

 

 

As people have become more concerned with fitness and good health, one growing trend has been celery juice as the vegetable is easy to find and relatively cheap in addition to being highly nutritious.

 

Celery issue

 

Celery, or pak chi f’rang in Thai, is actually part of the carrot family that is an abundant source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Its scientific name is Apium graveolens Linn, a member of the the Apiaceae or Unbelliface tribe, and as every part of celery, the stalks, seeds and leaves, is rich in nutrition, it’s no wonder it is considered a “Super Food” and an integral part of many countries’ cuisine.

 

celery anatomy

 

Celery is a biennial plant with a strong fragrance. The two most common species are Chinese celery, or celeriac, which is smaller (30 cm) and lighter than the second type, just plain celery (40-60 cm). The leaf has a hexagon shape spread out like a human hand or bird’s feather. The trunk is plump and can be seen with little, white bouquet blossoms that remind one of an umbrella. Both species of celery have a lifespan of one to two years. Many households have long planted it in their private gardens as they add it to dishes and soups as well as salads because of its aroma and flavor.

 

celery seed

 

Nutritional Benefits

Has anti-oxidants and strengthens immunity to fight free radicals

Prevents cancer and tumors

Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure 

Relieves constipation

Fights calcification to prevent kidney stones

Balances PH levels

Anti- inflammatory

Promotes hydration

Natural diuretic and helps digestion

Promotes weight loss

Treats insomnia

Calms nerves

Relieves migraines

 

celery

 

Nutrients

   Energy

67

     Kilocalories

   Carbohydrate

3.0

     g.

   Sugar

1.4

     g.

   Fiber

1.6

     g.

   Fat

0.2

     g.

   Protein

0.7

     g.

   Water

95

     g.

   Vitamin A

22.0

     Micrograms (3%)

   Vitamin B1

0.021

     milligrams (2%)

   Vitamin B2

0.057

     milligrams (5%)

   Vitamin B3

0.323

     milligrams (2%)

   Vitamin B6

0.074

     milligram (6%)

   Vitamin B9

36

     Micrograms (9%)

   Vitamin C

3

     milligrams (4%)

   Vitamin E

0.27

     milligrams (2%)

   Vitamin K

29.3

     Micrograms (28%)

   Calcium

40

     milligrams (4%)

   Iron

0.2

     milligrams (2%)

   Magnesium

11 

     milligrams (3%)

   Phosphorus

24

     milligrams (3%)

   Potassium

260

     milligrams (6%)

   Sodium

80

     milligrams (5%)

   Manganese

0.13

     milligrams (1%)

% of total amount required for adult per day (Source: USDA nutrient database).

 

celery trunk

 

Warnings

  • Some people with sensitive skin may have an allergic reaction to this plant.

  • Celery extract can act as a catalyst to tan skin.

  • Celery should not be cooked long because it will lose many of its nutrients.

  • Overeating celery may cause sperm decline or sterility, but by stopping its ingestion, sperm rate will return to normal within 8-13 weeks.

 

celery juice mixed

 

Recipe: Celery Ginger Juice

Ingredients

  • 3 celery stalks

  • 1 cucumber

  • 1 orange

  • ½ cup diced pineapple

 

Instructions

  1. Chop all ingredients and put it in juicer or blender.

  2. Blend until liquefied.

  3. Drink the juice immediately, or store in an airtight mason jar for up to 24 hours in the fridge.

 

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