Celery is one of nature’s most highly nutritious and versatile vegetables!
It’s packed with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that make your immune system stronger while improving intracellular communication, plus repairing DNA damage due to toxins.
Here’s just an example of what just one cup of celery (101 grams) can provide for your body:
- 6.2 calories
- 3.5 grams carbohydrates
- 0.7 gram protein
- 0.2 gram fat
- 1.6 grams fiber
- 29.6 micrograms vitamin K (37 percent DV)
- 453 international units (9 percent DV)
- 36.5 micrograms folate (9 percent DV)
- 263 milligrams potassium (8 percent DV)
- 3.1 milligrams vitamin C (5 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram manganese (5 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram vitamin B6 (4 percent DV)
- 40.4 milligrams calcium (4 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram riboflavin (3 percent DV)
- 11.1 milligrams magnesium (3 percent DV)
Celery also has tons of vitamin E, pantothenic acid, niacin, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and selenium.
Rachael Link, MS RD, says that celery is most valued for its antioxidant power. A review conducted in Iran shows that celery is a fantastic source of strong antioxidants, such as kaempferol, feruic acid, caffeic acid, saponin, and lueolin.
According to an animal study released in the journal Molecules, raw celery juice contains the power to prevent oxidative stress thanks to its antioxidant content. Lab rats were treated with Doxorybicin, and the juice displayed amazing results.
Numerous studies confirm the countless benefits that can happen to your body when you eat celery.
Here are just a few:
- Celery is 96% water, meaning that it keeps the body properly hydrated
- It regulates the pH balance of the body
- It improves digestion and treats constipation and stomach issues
- Being rich in vitamin A, celery protects the cornea, treats dry eyes, and improves vision
- It is low in acids and prevents and treats heartburn and acid reflux
- It fights chronic inflammation in the body
- It is rich in fiber, so it helps the process of weight management
- The high content of phthalide lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels
- It reduces the risk of gastritis and gastric ulcers
- It soothes the nervous system and improves sleep quality
- Its diuretic properties help in the case of urinary tract infections
- When chewed, it gets broken into fibrous strands, which clean the teeth like a natural dental floss
- It is high in the male pheromones, androstenol, and androsterone, so it acts as a natural aphrodisiac
- It drastically improves male fertility and the count of sperm
How to Buy and Store the Vegetable So You Can Eat Celery
When shopping for celery, always seek out sturdy, upright stalks that snap under pressure. Good celery stalks don’t bend.
Buy celery with fresh and crisp green leaves. The color may vary from pale to bright green. And you should always avoid celery with yellow or brown leaves.
Chop your celery right before you cook to better preserve its nutrients.
Keeping it chopped for a few hours will only serve to “kill” many of its nutrients. Also, steam your celery to help retain its flavor and nutrients.
Try to eat celery within a week after you cut it to get the most out of its benefits.
Don’t forget, the leaves are also edible. In fact, celery leaves are rich in potassium, calcium, and vitamin C. You want to eat the leaves within the first two days after buying your celery.