What is Celery?
Celery is a cultivated plant of the parsley family with closely packed succulent leaf stalks which are used as a salad or cooked vegetable.. it is a small plant; reaching about half a meter in height and requires fertile, moisture rich soil to flourish. Celery herb bears umbelliform flowers at the top of the stalk in the second year. Edible cluster of long, dark-green, somewhat hollow stalks grow upright from the crown of the plant. Its leaves have similar appearance to that of flat-leaf parsley. is composed of leaf-topped stalks arranged in a conical shape and joined at a common base. The stalks have a crunchy texture and a delicate, but mildly salty, taste. The stalks in the center are called the heart and are the most tender.
Several cultivars exist: The white celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, thus has less chlorophyll, compared to its greener counter parts. The ribs of celery are crunchy and are often used to make soup or salad. It has a salty taste, so celery juice is a good mix with the sweeter fruit juices. Depending on variety, some may taste very salty.
Health Benefits of Celery
Reduce Blood Pressure: Celery contains an organic compound called phthalides that decreases the levels of stress hormones in the blood. This helps expand the blood vessels and reduce the blood pressure. A reduced blood pressure lowers the chances of one developing atherosclerosis, heart attack, or stroke.
Prevent or Treat High Blood Pressure: Celery seed extracts have anti-hypertensive properties that help reduce high blood pressure, one of the important risk factors for coronary heart. Helps to control chronic elevated blood pressure levels. The blood pressure-lowering benefits of celery come from its seeds, which contain hexanic, methanolic, and aqueous-ethanolic extracts that improve circulation, lower inflammation and help control blood pressure. Celery helps lower high blood pressure by acting as a smooth muscle relaxant and improving the flow of calcium and potassium into and out of cells. Celery extract helps blood vessels to expand and contract, improve blood flow,
Prevent Ulcers: It can help prevent or reduce the formation of painful ulcers. celery contains a special type of ethanol extract that is useful in protecting the lining of the digestive tract from ulcers. Celery extract has the ability to significantly replenish depleted levels of gastric mucus that is needed in the stomach lining to prevent tiny holes and openings from forming.
Reduces “Bad” Cholesterol:
Amplifiers sex life: Celery contains high levels of androstenone and androstenol, which boost your arousal levels. They are released when you chew on a celery stalk.
Improve your immune system: The high content of vitamin C can reduce one’s risk of many diseases and infections.
Fight cancer: Celery contains many antioxidants like phthalides, flavonoids, and polyacetylenes that fight carcinogens. Celery also contains coumarins that augment the activity of certain white blood cells. Antioxidants find and neutralize free radicals floating in the body and damaging before they can result in the development of serious conditions like cancer.
Improve your joints: Celery contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and pain. This is perfect for individuals suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. Celery sticks also act as a diuretic, which helps to remove uric acid crystals that build up around the body’s joints, causing pain and discomfort in the joints.
Reduce asthma symptoms: The vitamin C found in celery can prevent free radical damage and contains anti-inflammatory properties that minimize the severity of inflammatory conditions like asthma
Prevent Urinary Tract Infections: Because celery helps to reduce uric acid and stimulates urine production, it’s beneficial for fighting bacterial infections within the digestive tract and reproductive organs. Similarly to cranberries that are known for fighting urinary tract infections (UTIs), celery can help prevent such UTIs, as well as bladder disorders, kidney problems and possibly even cysts on reproductive organs.
Uses of Celery
The fruit and seeds are dried or pressed into oil for use as medicine. Sometimes celery oil is marketed in capsule form. Some people also take celery juice as medicine.
- Celery can be used to make wine.
- Celery is used to treat joint pain (rheumatism), gout, hysteria, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion.
- Celery is also grown for its seeds. Actually very small fruit, these “seeds” yield a valuable volatile oil used in the perfume and pharmaceutical industries