Similar to parsley, celery (Apium graveolens) is a plant which is loaded with a number of nutrients that are present in all parts of the plant. The celery plant grows higher and has larger leaves than parsley. For many years celery was available only in spring and autumn. Fortunately, now you can find it in on the market in any time.
History of celery
Celery has been known for its health benefits since the ancient times. For instance, it was mentioned in Homer`s Illiad, in Odyssey, and in the ancient Isthmian Greek games where it was held to praise the god Poseidon. Moreover, ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians used celery as a natural remedy against various diseases. Hippocrates recommended using celery for calming your nerves. Celery was started being used in food since the 17th century.
Composition of celery
Celery is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and oils. Both, the root and the leaves contain sugar, essential oils, aspin, choline, alosorubusen, asparagine, tyrosine, pentosan and fat. Celery is low in calories, 100g (root and leaves) contain 14 kcal / 59 kJ, from which 0.69% are protein, 2.97% are carbohydrates and 0.17% is fat. This plant is loaded with vitamin K (29,3 μg, which means 29% of the recommended daily intake), vitamin C, E, B group vitamins and carotene. Moreover, 100 g celery has potassium (291 mg), sodium (98 mg), magnesium (25 mg), phosphorous (40 mg), and calcium (55 mg).
Celery healing benefits
Celery has a number health benefits which are used in treating cough, loss of appetite, fatigue, mild forms of anxiety, indigestion, and other issues with the stomach and intestines. Moreover, celery can be very beneficial for diabetics as well. Similar to parsley, celery has mild diuretic properties and therefore it can be used in the treatment of bladder and kidney stones, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, pneumonia, asthma, urinary infections, cellulite and excess weight and many others. It can also be used as a prevention against these diseases, so you should include it in your daily diet. Due to its ability to eliminate exceess fluids from the body and improve kidney function, celery can be used for treating edema caused by cardiovascular illnesses. Furthermore, it reduces the blood pressure, regulates blood sugar levels, helps with liver and bile problems.
Celery and culinary
You can consume it raw, in soups, stews, steamed or fried. You can combine it sour milk or yogurt, and it is great in toasts with cream cheese. For best results, consume it fresh. The most nutritive are the stalks and the root. The seeds and leaves are usually used as spices.
How to eat celery?
You can eat the root boiled or baked, stalks are usually consumed in fresh form or it may be also boiled or fried. The seeds and leaves you can add as a spice in any stew. Also, you can add it in almost every favorite dish, including salads, fish and seafood or any other type of meat.
Celery tea against rheumatism
Add 40 g of celery leaves in 1l of water and boil for a couple of minutes. Then, cover the pot and allow it to cool at a room temperature. Strain the mixture and consume while it`s still warm, a few times a day. For optimal results drink it regularly for a couple of weeks.
Refreshing beverage made of lemon and celery against high cholesterol and triglycerides
The first thing you should if you have increased cholesterol levels is to change your diet routine. However, here is a simple and very effective natural remedy which can reduce your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. You will need 6 lemons and 4 stalks of celery. Wash the lemons with baking soda and cut into cubes without peeling them. The celery should be peeled and grated. Allow the mixture to stay still for 24h, and then strain through gauze. Keep it in the fridge. Consume before a meal.