Often neglected, celery is one of the healthiest veggies available! If you have been looking on this veggie as a crunchy and low-cal veggie but not an important part of your health support, it is time to change this attitude.
There are two types of celery out there. The first one is celeriac, characterized by large root and specific nut-like taste. The second one is leafy celery, which resembles parsley but tastes like celery. Both varieties are known for their specific aromas and flavors and are typically used as “main plate” rather than soup or salad complements.
No matter which variety you choose to buy or grow, both have nutrient benefits found in all parts, including the seeds roots, stalks, and leaves. This article presents 10 reasons you should eat this veggie in the evening. Check them out!
1. Alleviates and relieves inflammation
This vegetable successfully treats inflammation, and relieves joint pain, as t is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. Also, it provides great benefits in the case of asthma, and treats acne, as it contains salicylic acid which eliminates follicular clog.
2. Treats ‘bad’ cholesterol
The taste and aroma of celery are due to an ingredient, known as butylphthalide, which reduces LDL, ‘bad’ cholesterol, which causes high blood pressure. Namely, the consumption of only 2 stalks of celery a day can reduce LDL by up to 7 percent!
3. Celery helps digestion
Celery is abundant in water and insoluble fiber and it effectively regulates your stool. Its cleansing properties make it a perfect diuretic.
4. Reduces high blood pressure
Celery is a rich source of active compounds known as phthalides, which boost the circulation by at least 14% and reduce the amount of stress hormones in the blood.
5. Supports eye health
A celery stalk provides 10 percent of daily vitamin A, which prevents vision degeneration due to aging, and protects the eyes. This vegetable is also high in polyphenol phytonutrients which keep your vision at 20/20.
6. Helps you lose weight
A full stalk of celery includes only 10 calories and plenty of water, so its consumption will keep you full and help you lose extra pounds.
7. Reduces stress
Celery is rich in magnesium, as much as 11 mg per 100 g, and this mineral is a known stress reliever. Additionally, it is high in essential oils as well. The consumption of this vegetable will soothe the nervous system and will also help you fall asleep easily.
8. Regulates alkaline balance
Celery prevents the acidic state in the body, so its regular consumption will maintain a balance of the pH levels in the body.
9. Fights cancer
Celery has a flavonoid known as luteolin which delays the formation of breast cancer cells, and inhibits the growth of cancer cells, especially in the case of the pancreas and colorectal cancer.
Also, you should know that the darker the color of the celery, the stronger the taste.
Note that you should steam the celery for best effects, as in this way, you will manage to preserve its original taste and up to 99 percent of its nutrients. The nutrients will be also better preserved if you chop it while fresh and store them in the fridge.