It is known for its unmistakable sweet taste and low calorie content (only 20 per 100 grams). But celery is also a vegetable with numerous beneficial properties for health, many of which are still being studied in the field of medical and food research.
Rich in minerals (sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, fluorine, copper, selenium, manganese and iron) amino acids (aspartic acid, glutamic acid, alanine, arginine, cystine, glycine, phenylalanine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, proline, methionine, serine, tyrosine, tryptophan, valine and threonine) and vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, D, K and J), in celery there are also powerful antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Plus it’s high in fiber, which helps reduce triglycerides and cholesterol. Multiple studies have already highlighted various health benefits. Here are eight: 1) Fights free radicals
Celery contains coumarins, antioxidant compounds useful for counteracting the harmful effects of free radicals and preventing aging as well as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. 2) Boosts the immune system
Thanks to the high content of vitamin C, the consumption of celery favors the strengthening of the immune system, also helping to prevent typical colds. 3) It is digestive and anti-burning
Celery has digestive properties, in addition, its dietary fiber increases intestinal motility and prevents constipation. It is also recommended in the case of heartburn, due to its low acidity. 4) Stimulates the libido
Thanks to the presence of Delta-16 steroid hormones, celery intake helps sexual activity by stimulating the activity of the adrenal and sexual glands. 5) It has an anti-inflammatory action
Celery is a precious ally against acne, urinary burns and eye infections. The presence of luteolin, a flavonoid with antioxidant properties, would also make it capable of protecting against inflammation affecting the brain area. Recent studies suggest its regular intake also to prevent the risk of gastritis: the flavonoids contained in it inhibit the formation of intestinal bacteria responsible for inflammation of the stomach walls. Finally, due to its large content of vitamin C, it helps to reduce the inflammatory condition typical of asthma. 6) Fights water retention
Celery seeds have diuretic properties. Eating it or drinking its juice promotes urination and stimulates the elimination of excess uric acid. The seeds are also beneficial in the case of cystitis, bladder problems and kidney stones. 7) It is an ally of the diet
Its low calorie intake, combined with the high content of dietary fibers that increase the sense of satiety and limit appetite, make it a valuable ally in diets and weight control. 8) Lowers blood pressure
The organic chemical compounds contained in its fiber, combined with the activity of potassium, relax the walls of the blood vessels, favoring a greater flow of blood into the body. The result is a lowering of blood pressure, with benefits for the health of the cardiovascular system.