Even if you’ve never heard of Cool-and-The-Gang’s 1982 ‘top hit of the year’ you should always remember the awesome health benefits of celery!
Most of us are probably are familiar with celery solely as a diet food. You know – all those movies with the guy or girl in the office munching on carrots and celery sticks because it was “low-calorie” or healthy? Oh, yeah, that’s most office parties now days — and it seems like it’s always the last thing eaten. It’s really a shame that it’s got such a boring rap, because celery is an incredible food all on its own. Seriously!
Celery Supports the Whole Body
If you have ever run into the Medieval philosophy known as the “Doctrine of Signatures,” then you know that foods will tell you by shape and color what they’re good for. And, it’s really fun when modern science affirms these proto-scientific presumptions. So what did the ancients presume celery to allude to? … Our bones.
Well, it just so happens that it’s chalk-full of bone-building compounds!
While many people choose to use only lab-created vitamin supplements (and, I still supplement juicing with vitamins almost every day) what might do these people much better is a shot of fruit and vegetable juices to create quick and tasty mineral-rich concentrates … think of them as ‘body boosts.’
It’s naturally high in sodium (the good kind, not like table salt — and even beneficial for hypertension). That’s right — the kind of sodium celery offers us is actually a necessary catalyst for making bones; celery also contains significant amounts of safe-form calcium and silicon in the right ratios, which aid us in repairing damaged ligaments, and even bone-fractures.
A single large stalk of celery can contain 18mg of Vitamin K, which is a necessary compound for the formation of (called the “laying-down of”) calcium in the bone structure, versus in the soft-organ tissues of the body, as sometimes occurs with calcium supplements. If you’re a runner, you might have those super-tough golfball-sized calcium buildups in your calfs … yep (and, ouch!).
Vitamin K is also super important for our blood, and gives blood the ability to clot.
Celery leaves are also high in vitamin A, while the stalk contains vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids. Quite the power punch for a “diet” vegetable, eh?
So, I can tell you’re wondering – what happens when you juice it?
It just so happens that there is no better way to reap the benefits than to juice it! If you follow the Hollywood nutrition trends then you will no doubt have hear about Anthony Williams, the Medical Medium recently made popular by Gwyneth Paltrow’s attention in the last few years, and he has some very, very high praise for celery juice in his new book. Here’s a short excerpt:
“Celery juice is […] strongly alkaline and helps to prevent and counteract acid reflux, acidosis, high blood pressure, joint pain, ringing in ears, tingles & numbness, hot flashes, blurry eyes, headaches, heart palpitations, edema, heartburn, fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps, sleep issues, constipation, and bloating. It also helps to purify the bloodstream, aid in digestion, relax the nerves, reduce blood pressure, and clear up skin problems. It contains compounds called coumarins, which are known to enhance the activity of certain white blood cells and support the vascular system.”
He says that juicing a bunch of celery each day for a matter of weeks can radically change and rebalance your whole body. Pretty cool, eh?!
According to Mia Stern, founder of Brooklyn Culinary Arts, it restores hydration and electrolyte levels in the body, restores pH balance to the blood, balances stomach acid, filled with anti-cancer flavonoids, like luteolin which lowers plaque-form protein in the brain, and another eight family forms of anti-cancer compounds.
Celery is also highly alkaline; works as a diuretic, which means it’s a great choice for preventing bladder and other urinary tract infections, and cleanses the liver, just like beets (<
It’s also Natural Anti-fungal and Anti-Inflammatory
Celery is naturally resistant to pathogens because the vegetable is replete natural fungicides, more than two-dozen already identified, in fact. So, if you’re prone to fungal infections, or wrestling with candida, eating even a single stalk-worth of juice each day can keep those microbes in check.
Maybe those folks in the office were really on to something …
Here’s Where YOU Can Help, Dear Reader . . . become a health detective
For two years, I’ve scoured the internet seeking sources that can back up the health and benefit claims of fruits, vegetables, and supplements (sometimes called “boost”).
In the chart below are the health claims I and others have discovered about celery. Where you see a footnote, you’ll find a link to the source. If there is not a footnote, then that means that the specific health claim is made, but neither I or anyone I know has been able to locate sources of research or anecdote to backup the claim.
So, if you are aware of a direct source of research or anecdotes to back up the claims, please post them in the comments. I’ll check them out and if they meet our standards, I’ll make sure that they’re included in the next edition of the blog and give you a shout-out!
Reported Health Benefit Claims of Celery:
|Reduces acidity||Improves kidney function|
|Anti-inflammatory||Improves nervous system|
|Prevents asthma||Prevents rheumatoid arthritis|
|Lowers blood pressure||Prevents tumor growth|
|Prevents some forms of cancer||Prevents urinary stones|
|Lowers cholesterol||Promotes weight loss|
If you’re looking for a reason to Celery-brate celery today: come get some juice!