HEALTHY FOODS - CELERY
Celery is a non starchy vegetable that combines well with most foods. Celery has been used in both Eastern and Western health systems to reduce high blood pressure for centuries. This is because it has a slight diuretic effect without the side effects of medicinal diuretics. It can even be used to reduce high blood pressure and water retention in pregnancy.
It has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and naturopathy for its cleansing and cooling effects. It is thought to be good for drying damp conditions in the body, such as candida, and supporting bone and joint health.
What is it rich in?
Celery contains a small amount of sodium that is naturally balanced with potassium. This makes celery and celery seeds useful foods for giving a slightly salty flavour to foods without the dangers of added salt. Potassium is needed for good cardiovascular health and normal blood pressure.
Another benefit of celery is its content of compounds called pthalides which can help to relax the muscles around the arteries so that blood can flow at a lower pressure and therefore not cause damage to the arteries. Pthalides can also reduce stress hormones.
Celery is also rich in silicon that is needed for healthy joints, bones, arteries, hair and nails. Celery also contains vitamin K, needed for good bone health, and vitamin C for the immune system.
Who should eat celery?
Serving suggestion and amounts
Celery makes a perfect snack if dipped in hummous or guacamole. It can be included in fresh juices, chopped finely into salads, added to soups, stews and casseroles and eaten on its own. A stalk or two of celery a day would be a good aim.
Try this celery recipe
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