I recently received a request to do a post on celery and it’s many benefits. I am truly honored for this request and today we take a closer look at this superfood.
At first glance it appears as a top choice for low calorie snacking and while uncovering a long list of benefits, we will also take a look at a few cautions.
I have long used Celery in my “Green Juice” shakes as it is a natural source of electrolytes and promotes good eye health.
Celery is a wonderful source of fiber, filled with antioxidants to boost short and long term health, as well as cancer prevention. Mild in flavor it’s a favorite go to for soups, salads and dips.
Celery is rich in phthalates which help artery wall tissues to relax and promote blood flow. What it means for us is blood pressure management and an easier flow, and lower blood pressure.
Celery also suggest the prevention and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and could play a valuable role in preventing it all together.
Rich in, (see below) Celery fights free radicals to limit oxidative stress.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Sounds wonderful right? Who wouldn’t want to load up on this healthy cancer fighting, blood pressure lowering snack? Here are just a few things to consider and if you don’t have any problems with the minor cons the health benefits definitely outweigh the cautions.
Eaten in excess, celery can cause bloating, constipation or gas in some people. These side effects may stem from the high levels of the compound mannitol, which research links to gastrointestinal problems. Celery is also high in sodium which could aid bloating and water retention. While a diet rich in fiber is very healthy, one should slowly introduce any changes to their routine as to not overwhelm your system. This is especially beneficial to avoid pain in your digestive tract due to a inflamed gut. So go slow, a little will go a long ways and you can increase accordingly to your tolerance.
Celery is also linked as a vegetable with the most pesticide residue. Please wash and clean accordingly and thorough. High levels lead to toxicity in the brain and nervous system. A chain reaction is triggered which can lead to complications and the once cancer fighting vegetable could now become a contributor, increasing cancer growth due to the pesticide residue. Pesticides also increase your chance of eye, skin and lung irritation. Choosing organic celery will be a great choice….and I’d still wash it anyways. Better be safe than sorry and the key to our health should remain in our own pocket instead of leaving it off with someone else.
Last but not least, be aware of potential allergies when eating celery. Symptoms can range from mild itching all the way to anaphylactic shock, so moderation and lower quantities are a great idea instead of doing something radical.