Celery is widely believed to originate from the Mediterranean region where it was cultivated for many centuries due to its supposed medicinal purposes. It was used to cure colds, flu, liver, arthritis, and other ailments by Ayurvedic doctors. They have even been found in Ancient Egyptian tombs as offerings to their dead. As the years went by the celery became an instant sensation in other parts of the world; many people added the vegetable into their cuisine.
Celery can be eaten with little to no risk of increasing blood sugar levels, 100 grams has: 14 calories, 0.17 grams of fat, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of sugar, 1 grams of protein, and a low glycemic index. If included into proper diets it can help reduce the risk of obesity and blood cholesterol levels. Additional benefits include strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Here is a small list of nutrients that are inside the celery: Vitamin A/C/K, Potassium, and Folic acids. These provide the following:
- Protection from cell damage caused by free radicals (reduces the chance of getting cancer)
- Cardiovascular support which has been seen helping mostly those who are afflicted with atherosclerosis.
- Vitamin A helps by supporting eye-sight, the immune system, keeps your skin healthier, and protects the body from oral and lung cancers.
- Vitamin C and folic acids boost metabolism making it wonderful for those trying to lose weight.
- Vitamin K (over 20% the recommended daily intake per serving) supports bone health and recent studies have shown it to help those with Alzheimer’s disease by limiting brain damage.
- Also helps reducing insulin resistance in the body.
When buying celery avoid any bruised or yellow leaves to enjoy its full taste. Refrigerate in any container to increase shelf life. The vegetable can be enjoyed raw and can be eaten as is or mixed into salads. This herb has been used for garnish in numerous recipes over the years and can even be prepared as a soup. Always try to look for health alternatives to provide optimal health to your body.