Top 30 Amazing Benefits Of Celery (Ajmoda) For Skin, Hair, And Health
Water is a miracle drink, isn’t it?
If there is just one thing we human beings can solely survive on for days, it is water. But, why am I talking about water?
Because the vegetable you are going to read about comprises mostly of this wonder liquid. And it comes replete with incredible nutrition as well. And … err… I am not going to tell you more.
Just read on and find out for yourself!
What Is Celery?
Scientifically known as Apium graveolens, celery has been cultivated as a vegetable since time immemorial. It belongs to the family Apiaceae, and has a long fibrous stalk that tapers into leaves.
Depending on the location of its cultivation, either its stalks or leaves are consumed. The vegetable is also used as a spice, and its extracts find use in medicines.
The plant grows over 18 to 24 inches tall, with the stalk of the plant majorly contributing to its height. The stalks of the plant have a crunchy texture and delicate flavor. The leaves of the plant are located at the top of the stalks – they are finely divided and are light or dark green in color. The roots of the plant just grow 2 to 3 inches deep into the soil, because of which adequate moisture and nutrients at the top few inches of the soil are particularly important while growing this plant. The plant produces flowers and seeds in its second year. The flowers contain tiny white petals, and the seeds, which are located within the flowers, are tan to dark brown and possess a strong, pleasant scent.
That’s a brief about the celery plant. But the question is – why should you know about it? Is it good for you?
Why Celery Is Healthy
Talk about versatility, and celery would top the list. Hands down. The US alone produces a billion pounds of this watery plant every year. A large part of Punjab, India, is exclusively used for celery seed production for export to Europe.
Now, coming to the point…
Celery is unbelievably low in calories. So much so that it is even called a negative-calorie food. It contains major vitamins and minerals, and even certain flavonoids that reduce inflammation and prevent heart disease.
Numerous studies have been conducted on celery, and the results are astounding. Addition of celery to a regular diet was found to decrease the risk of memory loss, breast cancer, and tumor, and even pancreatic cancer. Celery has also been found to promote digestive health.
All these benefits (and many more) can be attributed to the nutrients this magic-plant contains. Scroll down to check the nutritional profile of celery.
Celery – Nutritional Profile
Health Benefits Of Celery
1. Lowers Blood Pressure
Benefits Of Celery
There is nothing surprising about the fact that high blood pressure levels are one of the major reasons of lifestyle diseases. But with celery around the corner, one doesn’t have to worry much.
Celery has been to found to contain a phytochemical called phthalides, which relaxes artery walls and increases blood flow – thereby reducing blood pressure. One Iranian study had also attributed the antihypertensive properties of celery to the same phytochemical. The phytochemical also relaxes the smooth muscles around blood vessels.
Celery is also rich in nitrates, which have been found to lower blood pressure. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, celery seed extracts can also lower blood pressure levels. In traditional Chinese medicine, celery is termed as a cool food that lowers blood pressure.
2. Lowers Cholesterol
One major reason celery can be a part of your low-cholesterol diet is its abundance of fiber and the less number of calories it contains. And the phtyochemical phthalide comes into the picture again – in one Chicago study, phthalides were found to reduce cholesterol levels by 7%. Similar findings were established in a Singapore study.
Celery has been found to reduce triglycerides and cholesterol levels, and at the same time increase the levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) – thereby treating hyperlipidemia as well.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Celery is replete with phytonutrient antioxidants that possess anti-inflammatory properties. The vegetable is also an important source of flavonols in Chinese adults. Celery juice or celery extracts also reduce the activity of certain proteins that are linked to inflammation.
Celery also contains a compound called luteolin that can prevent inflammation in the cells of lungs, prostate, gums, and the brain. Celery is also found to inhibit the growth of H. pylori, a bacteria that causes gastritis (or the inflammation of stomach lining).
4. Aids Weight Loss
Celery is one of the few ideal foods you can consume for healthy weight loss. One, because it is low in calories. And two, it is high on fiber. Fiber also makes you feel full for longer after eating, which prevents you from binging – ultimately facilitating weight loss.