What Are the Health Benefits of Celery?

Published 5/16/13

Celery is a common slender and green vegetable that is popular as a refreshing snack with low calories.  But don’t let the fact that this vegetable is commonly paired with greasy chicken wings and other high-cholesterol bar food fool you.  Recent studies have confirmed that celery is very good for you and it’s potential to help with weight loss, cancer prevention and blood pressure make it a staple in any balanced diet. 

Celery And Weight Loss

Celery has a high level of fiber. This fiber helps produce a sensation of being full quicker and also keeps that full feeling last longer. The result is that frequent celery-eaters will naturally consume fewer calories. Celery is also considered a “negative calorie food,” meaning that the body burns more calories digesting the celery than the celery contains itself. This ideal combination of being high in fiber and low in calories makes celery a great addition to any weight-loss diet.

Cancer Prevention

A Rutgers University study concluded [include a year if possible] that celery contains anti-cancer compounds that may prevent cancer cells from spreading throughout the body. One of these anti-cancer compounds, acetylenics, has been proven to stop the growth of tumor cells. Ingesting raw celery through juicing can help prevent free radicals from harming cells and can also prevent the development of cancer within the stomach and colon.  Celery also includes the flavonoid antioxidants zeaxanthin, lutein, and beta-carotene, which have been known to have antioxidant, cancer-protective, and immune-boosting properties.

Decreased Blood Pressure

Celery is loaded with magnesium. Magnesium helps maintain low blood pressure. Therefore, celery can help lower blood pressure and its consumption can continue to maintain low blood pressure. In addition to containing magnesium, celery contains other beneficial nutrients, including active phthalides that help relax the muscles cells within the arterial walls.  This results in dilated arteries, which can ultimately lead to lower blood pressure.

Celery Nutrition

Celery is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, potassium, vitamin C, folacin, and dietary fiber. [if there are any facts about how 5 sticks of celery contains 100% of your daily vitamin K or vitamin A or something along these lines, that would be cool to include that here] [also adding a sentence or two about the benefits of vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, etc…would be good here also]

Is Raw Celery Juice Good For You?

Raw celery juice has recently been recognized as a very beneficial drink. Studies have shown that celery juice can naturally reduce stress and can lead to better sleep quality.  Celery juice also aids the digestion process, which is ideal for people suffering from bowel problems. Celery juice consumption has also been linked to lower cholesterol, an increase in sex drive, a boosted immune system, and studies are even showing that celery is able to fight the inflammation that accompanies arthritis and gout.  With all these health benefits, celery is what The Health Benefits like to call a “superfood.” 

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