If you’re like most Americans, you have no grand love affair with celery.
Yes, you know it’s good for you, as all vegetables are good for you.
But the specifics on why celery is “good for your heath” might elude you.
Fact is there’s quite a bit of untold goodness when it comes to celery. And there’s plenty of science to back up the advice to keep on eating this juicy vegetable.
We know now celery is capable of helping you
- Enhance your immune system
- Digest food better
- Reduces inflammation
- Lose weight
And here’s how celery accomplishes this.
4 Benefits of Celery
1. Enhances the immune system: Celery contains special nutritive compounds that are actually anti-microbial. This means in the presence of these compounds bacteria are unable to replicate and have trouble growing. How do we know this? In 2009 the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology performed a study that proved both celery seed and celery plant observed the anti-microbial effect of these compounds.
Their research led them to conclude celery is a natural immune enhancer.
2. Aids digestion: Dr. Axe observes how celery can help both with digestion as well as bloating.
Celery seeds contain an odorless and oily compound known as NBP that has a diuretic effect and helps the body to detox. In studies involving rats, urine volume was significantly greater when rats were given celery extract compared to a control group. (6)
The digestive benefits of celery are partly due to its diuretic effect. This could also be one of the possible anti-hypertensive mechanisms of celery seeds that helps to lower blood pressure. Because it improves circulation within the intestines, it’s also useful for improving digestion by helping to relieve bloating and puffiness from water retention.
3. Lowers inflammation: Associated with the same group of compounds that help celery fight infection are antioxidants which reduce the chances of developing diseases associated with chronic inflammation.
Included in this list are polysaccharides and flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants that have been shown to scavenge for free-radials and neutralized them.
Dr. Axe writes:
Researchers have identified over a dozen different types of antioxidants that are responsible for the benefits of celery — these include such phenolic acids as caffeic acid and ferulic acid, plus flavaols like quecetin. This makes celery useful for treating a wide range of conditions that are made worse by inflammation: joint pain (such as from arthritis), gout, kidney and liver infections, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections, just to name a few.
4: Weight Loss: This is one of the more enticing reasons to eat celery. The reason celery can help with weight loss is because it contains nutrients aiding in the metabolism of lipids (fats). Despite what you might believe, celery is anything but “empty.”
It is quite nutrient dense as it has electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals which all aid in ideal health. As it is full of fiber, it can also help you eliminate excess food matter from the intestines which is helpful for losing weight quickly.
Point blank, celery is good for you.
But don’t think that gives you a license to enjoy it with all the peanut butter and blue cheese you want.