To Your Health - Benefits of Celery

Chlorophyll is the blood of celery.
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Chlorophyll

The blood of a plant

Buy green celery for its chlorophyll; make sure the ribs are firm and crispy looking. A friend recommends putting it in a tall container with a little water touching roots which you need to freshen so often and that it will even grow new tops so I am trying that now but I have always taken my celery out of the bag, turn it inside out, wash it and the celery after cutting the roots off; wash with a foam kitchen soap. I use lemon always because it kills onion and garlic odors and the soap rinses off really well.

There is much about celery not being safe unless it is organic but I haven’t been sick with it yet doing this. I wash rubbing the stalks separately two to three times rinsing in between, especially well the last time and I use the green veggie bags free at many grocers. When I use it I don’t wash it again but I rinse it again real well just before using.

It is claimed wilted celery can be revived put back in cold water a few hours in the fridge to make it crunchy again but I have yet to try that. I just make potato soup, wilted works fine there. Remember also to barely cut off the bottom of the roots (one big core); don't dared to throw away, wash it well too and use it in a vegetable stock. Even if you do not like celery which at one time I did not, I always loved the smell and flavor and with vegetable stock you get that, only the good flavors. Now I love celery raw or cooked and I think knowing the benefits helps and I think of all the different ways to fix it and if you don't like it put it in things where you simple do not notice it, such as soups cooked or fruit salad, raw.

Chlorophyll is what makes the green pigmentation in plants and absorbs energy from the sun to help photosynthesis in plants. Chlorophyll is a plants blood you might say, being important as growth and respiration.

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Chlorophyll

May Lower Blood Pressure

The essential atom in chlorophyll is magnesium, which is something I really need because food is the only way I can handle it. Celery creates its own "pesticide" to defend itself from fungi. This is called psoralens that although it protects the celery, may not be tolerable to some people if you are sensitivity to psoralens {a toxic substance, C 1 1 H 6 O 3} found in certain plants, including parsnips. It may lower blood pressure for some so having low blood going even lower, so if you have low blood pressure I would not recommend this for you. I will add a recipe that makes my pressure drop 30 points and that may just be the death of someone with low pressure so do take note of that. Ones with high pressure may want to add it regular to their diet. I do for that reason and I have come to love it.

Chlorophyll provides health benefits to most who take them. There are anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. It helps in the growth and repair of tissues, has magnesium to help blood in carrying oxygen to all cells and tissues. It has been proven to have good possibility in stimulating red blood cells to better oxygen supply; an effective deodorizer to rid bad breath, urine, fecal waste, and body odor. (Wow) Now you know what to make for those friends that may have this problem, huh? With other vitamins such as A, C and E, chlorophyll is known to help neutralize free radicals that do damage to healthy cells. It can be used to treat infected wounds naturally. With antimutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties so that it may be helpful in protecting your body against toxins and in reducing drug side effects.

The only obvious chlorophyll sources are green leafy plants. However, cooking destroys much of the chlorophyll. If you want to enjoy these benefits of chlorophyll, it is best to get your regular supply through chlorophyll supplements. Chlorophyll extracts, liquid solutions and tablets are generally obtainable from local drug and health stores. In liquid or tablet form, their benefits allow you to have a stronger immune system, tissues and organs, and physically healthy body and life.


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Celery

Blend to Get All Fiber.

Blenders are great

I use a blender (to get all the fiber) and take a brush and celery (3 stalks) and scrub again under running water or use knife or fingernails to rid any sights not pure looking, Pour about a pint or more of apple cider (I prefer- it is great for pain!) or apple juice, this is your recipe however you want to make it, but the main concern here is the juice of three celery stalks to lower the pressure. I chop one large carrot in this and a large squirt of honey (this I use to make sure all slides down easily in case something has not liquefied but it with the carrot makes a wonderful nourishing drink and you can be helping your eyesight while you are at it! The recipe I found said drink this every day for one week and off three weeks, on a week etc, I do not understand the why of this so I will research and get back on here with that, I just want to let anyone with high blood pressure in on this knowing myself what a scary and dangerous thing may can be helped with a drink so good angels could have made it. That is with the fresh apple cider (not fermented!), 1 large carrot (chopped), 4 reg or 3 large celery stalks (chopped) and a squirt of honey which is optional, I wish I could bottle it and sell it, it is fabulous! In blender 3 to 4 minutes. I make enough for a large glass three days. I usually put in quart jars equally and fill to the top with more cider or juice; cap and shake.

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Celery first attested in England (wikipedia)

Celery Juice

High amounts of vitamin A are in celery leaves, stems are an excellent source of vitamins C, B1, B2, and B6 with rich amounts of potassium, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and many necessary amino acids.

The fiber here aids in bowel movements. The organic salt in celery is safe for eating, and is also necessary for the body. So if you, like I, are watching and limiting salt; you can safely take what is in celery, unlike table salt being dangerous for those with high blood pressure.

Nutrients during cooking hold up pretty well with cooking, and besides aiding in blood pressure celery is so unbelievably helpful in so many other things. Some include fighting cancer containing at least eight relations of anti-cancer compounds. Juice of celery has many important minerals, proven to lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, also supplanting lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with rich minerals.

It has phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that promote the growth of tumor cells. Some are the acetylenics having shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. For colon and stomach cancer phytochemical coumarins stop the forming of the colon and stomach cancers.

It has a laxative effect to help relieve constipation. It helps to normalize body temperatures, performs as a diuretic so for that I will add my celery seed in a salad with celery or the juice in a dressing. You can expect many more healing benefits from celery juice as you consume its natural sodium. It is credited for breaking up urinary stones.

Who would guess in celery is an incredible relief for all inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis. It is certainly a vegetable at the top of my list but I have not once thought to juice it. Tomorrow I do!

It encourages healthy, normal kidney function by aiding ridding of toxins from the body that also stops formation of kidney stones. This diuretic effect of celery juice also aids the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.

For the lowering of blood pressure it is suggested drinking celery juice every day for a week to greatly help lower blood pressure from a compound called phtalides helping relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to move through normally then stop for three weeks, and start over. I plan to try that.


Nutrients in the fiber of celery is released during juicing, aiding bowel movements. The natural organic salt in celery is very safe for eating and is essential for the body. Even those who are salt-sensitive can safely take the sodium in celery, opposed to table salt; which is harmful for those with high blood pressure.

The Nervous System

For the nervous system it is said minerals in celery juice has a calming result on the nervous system, also helping with insomnia. Drinking the juice throughout the day can stop cravings for sweets. Probably not as good for you as the juice but I love to take low fat or fat free cream cheese and mix diced pineapple in natural juices for a great healthy snack with Pineapple having some important benefits too.

I just want to let anyone with high blood pressure in on this knowing myself what a scary and dangerous thing may can be helped with a drink so good angels could have made it. That is with the fresh apple cider (not fermented!), 1 lrg carrot (chopped), 4 reg or 3 lrg celery stalks (chopped) and a squirt of honey which is optional, I wish I could bottle it and sell it, it is fabulous! In blender 3 to 4 minutes. My week is up tomorrow and if I can't find a good reason not to I am staying on it!

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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

Wow Jackie - that's a lot of useful info on celery. I'm going to eat it even more now. I put my green vegetables into the mix last so that I don't overcook them; I think I'll hold back the celery too.

Very useful hub, packed with info. Up and useful.


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lesliedegner 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I frequently include celery in my juicing recipes so it is nice to know how good it is for me!


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you amillar, I thought of you as I was excitedly finding all this out, and today I will make the celery juice, I may look to see what to add to it and how long it can sit or if it should be made daily and if I do I will leave the info here, the cabbage one was really good too that you gave me the want to look into so thank you for that, too.


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Well lesliedegner since I eat a lot of celery in salads (in fact there is a recipe here somewhere mainly cabbage and celery) it never occurred to me to juice it so I can't wait to see what that will do for my blood pressure. Thanks for reading and commenting. I have to throw a poem out every now and then but most of my hubs will be for health since I am really into that, foods and herbs.


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Dr. lenny

I wanna thank you for all the health tips sure would come in handy someday. I started drinking the fennel it's not that bad at all i drink it like normal water. Thanks again for it.

God bless you


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are more than welcome and that is probably all I will do here, if I don't hear any old songs that spark a poem. You seem better,,,moving around more, anyway, lol. Always glad to see you.

God bless you too


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

I am feeling better thanks to God and yours and others prayers. Hope i continue to get better just ate a pear,lol.

Have a holiday on the morrow God spare

Just pour out my night session of fennel too.

God is good and i know he'll bless me when he's ready


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Yes thanks. I see how the fennel goes. I am very reluctant when coming to putting things in my eyes, it's my most prescious possesion i have. Without it i'd be nothing.

I believe it have helped others but i fear drops in away, although i bought one of recent times and one of my eyes started paining....

Not sure it was the drops


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes you have to not use any drops that says it takes the red out and over the years almost all drops burned my eyes so I haven't used but these are different and if you can't find it there I will mail you some but I promise it is good. I will email you.


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

okay honey chops!!! but don't you worry about me i'd be fine by God's great help. We'll pick up in awhile got some stuff to do. Today is holiday for us so got to get some stuff done.


SundreamHolidays 5 years ago

Hey. Thanks for the up. Celery. Mmm


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Really and if you try that drink you will be so surprised! It can last up to 3 days I know but I usually just make enough for two. Fresh I am sure better in anything but who has time to do that every day? I am lazy if I can save one day. I have been fight high blood pressure for years now and I can't have but a tint bit now without it doing me worse but since using this I have seen my pressure as low as 117/ 76. I don't know if I have ever had a reading that low.


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

You should have granny drink it, it will be great for her, it does something good for the veins.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wow so much useful information about celery! Word on the farm is that celery is the dirtiest vegetable but like you I've never gotten sick from not eating non-organic celery. Thanks for ALL the useful data!!!


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are welcome! Thank you for reading. Years ago I did see black on celery to find out after years it was manure, but I never see dirt or dark of any sort on celery anymore.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

What a great and very useful article. I love the flavour of celery and was unaware of its many benefits. I shall try now to incorporate it in my diet rather more than I do now.


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks acaetnna, it is a great idea. I now make enough to do about five days and add ginger and cinnamon too which each have separate benefits adding to the celery benefits. I am finishing my last day today and the juice is still fresh tasting and think of all the things it doesn't have in it versus juices we buy having preservatives.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Yes very true. I despair with the number of listed or unlisted ingredients on the cartons of bought products.


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

I know and salt is a bad culprit for me that they load in everything! I would not be surprised to see sugar is full of it, lol.


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mvaivata 4 years ago

This is a really interesting article. I am excited to try out some of your recipe ideas -- especially given all the potential health benefits!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you mvaivata and I do hope you will, they are delicious and the months I have been using them have proved they are healthy too!


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

I love the pictures, the recipes and the information...great and rated up.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you, that salad really is so very good.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love this new look on celery! An overlooked little veggie!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Me too rebecca, and I really put it away and feel a lot better for it too I believe.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, I didn't know that celery has so many health benefits! Yes, it does crisp right up if you put the cut stalks in a glass of water. In Peru, they say celery juice helps boost heat tolerance during the summer. I don't know if it works, but I do have a juicer so I plan to try some celery juice soon...as soon as I can get to the market and buy some! Thank you, Jackie Lynnley, for such an informative hub.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are welcome vespawoolf and thanks for reading. By now I have had much celery juiced and it is great!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I really never thought about chlorophyll as a nutrient, and I thought celery was mostly water. Thanks for enlightening me. I will feel even better about celery now. I like it with peanut butter or cream cheese as a spread. Celery makes a good veggie dip too!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes me too, rebecca, those are the ways I usually ate celery and not too often but now it is in my diet almost daily. Thanks for stopping by.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

This is a great article. I am also seriously into healthy eating. Just think if there were more of us what would happen to the medical world.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

So true and they sure don't like to hear about it! Thanks for reading carol!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

So much useful information here, I did not know much about celery (except I like its crispness!). You recommend washing non-organic celery with kitchen soap. Will that make me sick? Do I wash it like dishes in the sink? Thanks for your help Jackie, I am sharing this hub to help inform other readers too.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

No, Christy, I use a lemon watered down soap in a foam bottle. It cleans it great and rinses off completely I promise, it feels clean and not soapy, I have been doing it for a few years now. Never got sick once.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Okay, thanks Jackie for the help! I will try next time I eat celery. Take care.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are welcome, I know some people like amillar up there will not eat raw celery because of the fear of not getting it clean but i dearly love raw celery and we all know it has to be better for us! Glad I could help!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Always thought celery was worthless as a nutritious and mostly boring food, how wrong can one be- shared with pleasure!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

I tell you Alastar this is one fantastic salad and I have it real often, I love it. When I make fruit salad I love celery in it too. With nuts. Thanks so much!


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CaravanHolidays 4 years ago from Wales UK

It's a shame that with all the benefits on offer some of us are allergic to the stuff


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Wow that is too bad, never heard of anyone being allergic to it but I guess all things are not for everyone. Sorry, it really is good.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Cool -- Celery also knocks heart burn right out.... I suffered for years with heart burn and when a friend told me to try eating celery instead of tums I was surprised at how well it works.... Good info.. informative and well written. Thanks


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Neil, I often have it in my salads and I rarely have heartburn so maybe that is it. I will spread the word, thank you!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Jackie,

We love celery and knew about some of these health benefits, but not all of them. Will be passing this on to a friend who has high blood pressure. I already add a carrot along with my fruit and yogurt + spices like cinnamon and ginger to smoothies. Will now add some celery as well. It always goes into my homemade soups and we like eating it raw. Will think about eating even more of it after reading this. Thanks!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Peggy and that celery seed too, it is great to remove fluid from the body and protect the kidneys. Glad you found it!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Sounds like some great ideas. I always have celery in the house and it goes into almost every soup I make. Great ideas ..Thanks for sharing.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you carol, that salad is fantastic too, I never get tired of it and it is a favorite for company.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for sharing your blender drink with all of the info on celery, as well as the link to your healthy looking celery cabbage salad!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks RTalloni, as a matter of fact I had this salad yesterday and wow what I keep adding to it and it is so fantastic! A great thing for a diet too to add fiber and cut fat!


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

I have heard of the benefits of celery but I eat in the afternoon when I crave a snack instead of a couple of cookies or a brownie now I grab three sticks of celery.I know it's good for me and sometimes a little bitter and now I can follow all your good ideas.Thanx so much.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Dream On, you are welcome, the salad I have here is just fantastic and the best thing is you can add just anything to it...just don't forget the celery! Thanks for reading.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wow, Jackie, what a comprehensive hub here as to all the exciting health benefits of celery ... who knew? Well, you did of course! I honestly never knew or thought of celery as having much health benefits, but boy was I wrong there in my thinking. Thank you for putting in so much research here and sharing your wonderful healthy recipes.

I love what you wrote about the drink being so good angels must have made it. : )

I have terrible cramps in my feet at nights, only when I raise them up to get into the bed, and my doctor did say to take magnesium, but I will just eat more celery. Yes, I do love the flavoring it adds to stock too. You should bottle it!

That is so fascinating how much one's blood pressure could drop by eating more celery.

I really learned a lot here dear friend and thank you for caring so much about others and their health issues, especially high blood pressure.

I am glad I stopped by here at Jackie's Health Hut ... I mean Hub!

Up, awesome, interesting, useful and sharing.

I am sending you a big hug this night for writing such an eye-opener of a hub here. Oh... must remember to have the celery sticks out when those friends stop by for a visit : )

Faith Reaper


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks so much Faith, I have celery very often after learning all this and never fix a salad without throwing in a couple of mince stalks. I mince them for the people who think they don't like celery but sure love my salads! They never even know it is there. lol


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

LOL, you are so clever and sweet. The salads really do sound delicious!

You have given us much to think on here.

Hugs


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Hugs back a ya!

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