Celery is an easy vegetable to eat.  You can fill it with nut butter, dip it in hummus, saute it, or enjoy it in soups.  The possibilities are endless.  It’s light and crunchy and is loaded with benefits to help us LIVE YOUNGER. Used as a medicine before it was considered a food, Celery leaves were mentioned for their medicinal qualities in Homer’s Greek epic, The Odyssey, dating back to the 9th century, B.C. The ancient Romans are thought to be the first to use it as a seasoning.  Celery adds spice to life as well as provides:

  1. A low calorie, portable vegetable snack:  With only 16 calories per cup, Celery is an excellent food for weight regulation.
  2. The feeling of fullness:  Celery’s high fiber content helps provide the feeling of satiety as well as contributing to digestive health by moving food through more quickly.  This helps lower colon cancer risk.
  3. Flavor enhancement:  Celery is an excellent seasoning that adds zest to salads, soups, stir fry, or roasted medleys.
  4. A wide array of nutrients:  Essential minerals in Celery include Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese, Calcium and Vitamins C, B6 (Pyridoxine), B3 (Niacin), and K.  It’s also rich in flavonoids such as zeaxanthin and lutein for eye health.  Whenever Celery is boiled in soup, it potentially loses more than one-third of its nutrient content.  Steaming for 10 minutes or less preserves approximately 80 percent of the valuable antioxidants.  
  5. High water content:  Celery can act as a natural diuretic and a coolant for the body, which contributes to its anti-inflammatory benefits.
  6. Support for learning and memory:  A 2010 study by the University of Illinois suggests that the luteolin content in Celery may decrease age-related memory loss and boost memory.
  7. Enhanced breast health:  Apigenin, an active ingredient in celery, as well as in parsley, thyme, and a number of other vegetables and spices, has been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth.  The study was done at the University of Missouri and stresses the importance of eating foods to gain the benefit.  
  8. Potential mosquito protection:  When applied to the skin under field conditions, a chemical in Celery has been shown to be an effective mosquito repellent.  I’ll be looking for products to tell you about that contain Apium graveolens rather than DEET!

Celery became part of the eating plan in the United States in the early 1900’s.  Currently, the U.S. produces about a billion pounds a year, with 80 percent of it being grown in California, Michigan, and Florida.  Celery stays fresh in the fridge for about a week and is best stored in a sealed container because it easily absorbs scents from other foods.  According to the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, Celery is at the top of the list of plant foods containing pesticides and chemicals.  When possible, purchase it organic.

Celery adds spice to life!  START SOMEWHERE today adding just one serving of real food to your day.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Celery Adds Spice To Life

Celery Adds Spice To Life