Nutritional Benefits of Celery, Celery Seeds, Celery Juice and Celery Oil

Celery

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Celery

Latin Name : Apium graveolens

In India, celery is called by names like Ajmod, Ajamod or Azamod.

About Celery Plant

The celery plant is a herbaceous type of plant which is of 2 types and called :

  • Celery - when grown for only the stalks that are eaten.
  • Celeriac - when grown only for the roots that are consumed.

Celery is also called smallage.

The celery plant grows to about 1 to 2 feet in height. The leaves are much like coriander leaves but bigger. They have an aromatic flavor. The leaves top the stalks that is attched to a common base. Celery when cut into pieces turns brown soon.

Though celery stalks are used widely, the leaves, roots and seeds are quite useful too, both as a food and as medicine. Celery is a biennial plant but is available the year round. However, the best in therms of taste and quality is the one available in summer.

Celery has been, since ancient times, used both by the Romans & Greeks, first as a food and then, as medicine. Eating raw celery became popular in the 18th century.

Celery was introduced in the US in the 19th century. In North America, the Pascal variety is grown.

Nutrients In Celery

  • Celery leaves are very low in calories, just 16 calories in 100 gms of leaves by weight. They also contain good amounts of non- soluble fiber.
  • It is a rich source of flavonoids like zeaxanthin, lutein and beta carotene. These are very good antioxidants.
  • Celery contains good amounts of Vitamin A, C, folic acid, niacin and Vit B2.
  • It is extremely rich in Vitamin K and has good amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, manganese and magnesium.
  • The leaves and seeds contain many essential volatile oils.

Celery Nutrient Levels

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Celery, (Apium graveolens), Fresh  
   
 
Nutrient value per 100 g
 
 
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
 
Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Energy
16 Kcal
<1%
Carbohydrates
3 g
5.50%
Protein
3.46 g
6%
Total Fat
1.12 g
4.50%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
2.10 g
5.50%
Vitamins
 
 
Folates
36 mcg
9%
Niacin
0.320 mg
2%
Pantothenic acid
0.246 mg
5%
Pyridoxine
0.074 mg
6%
Riboflavin
0.57 mg
4%
Thiamin
0.021 mg
2%
Vitamin A
449 IU
15%
Vitamin C
3.1 mg
5%
Vitamin K
29.3 mu g
24%
 
 
 
Electrolytes
 
 
Sodium
80 mg
5%
Potassium
260 mg
5.50%
Minerals
 
 
Calcium
40 mg
4%
Copper
0.35 mg
4%
Iron
0.20 mg
2.50%
Magnesium
11 mg
3%
Manganese
0.103 mg
4.50%
Phosphorus
24 mg
3%
Zinc
0.13 mg
1%
Phyto-nutrients
 
 
Beta-Carotene
270 mcg
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Beta- Cryptoxanthin
0 mcg
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Lutein-zeaxanthin
283 mcg
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Health Benefits Of Celery

  • An Anti Inflammatory

Because of this property, it reduces the severity of respiratory infections like colds, arthritis, rheumatism. The high Vitamin C levels prevent free radical damage thus reducing risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

  • Lowers Blood Pressure

The phthalides in celery relax the muscles around the arteries allowing them to dilate for easier blood flow. The phthalides are also good as stress hormone busters. Stress, as is known,can cause constriction of the blood vessels, if unchecked.

The good levels of potassium, calcium and magnesium also help in lowering BP. Celery can be safely consumed even by those on low sodium as 1 cup of celery provides 100 mg sodium, which is available by consuming 2 stalks of celery and is about 4% of the daily requirement of sodium.

  • Lowers Cholesterol

Studies show that consumption of celery by animals bred to have high cholesterol did not result in high cholesterol. Secretion of bile is increased when celery is consumed and that helps in lowering cholesterol.

  • Acts As A Diuretic

The good potassium and sodium levels stimulate urine production, thus maintaining the body's fluid balance by removing excess fluid.

  • Promotes Health

The coumarins and acetylenes in celery help in reducing inflammation in arthritic and rheumatic diseases and counteract the free radicals thus preventing tumors and cancers.

  • Relieves Constipation

The good amounts of insoluble fiber acts as a natural laxative.

  • A Cooling Drink

A glass of celery juice in the hot summers is refreshing and cooling. It can be had 2 to 3 times a day.

  • Benefits The Nervous System

The alkaline minerals in celery, calm the nerves, reduce spasms and also aid in getting good sleep.

  • Toxin Eliminator

Due ti its diuretic effect, toxins are eliminated from the body. Because of this, formation of kidney and gall bladder stones, are prevented. It even removes these stones through urine.

  • Immunity Booster

Antioxidants like beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin , Vitamins A & C, are responsible for boosting immunity levels.

  • Healthy Bones

The excellent levels of vitamin K increases bone density and prevents issues with bone health.

  • Prevents Alzheimer's Disease

The compound, 1-3-w-butylphthalide, prevents accumulation of Alzhemer's causing plaques and tangles in the brain.

Celery Benefits for Men

  • It contains the pheromones - androstenone & androstenol. When a celery stick is chewed these are released through the nose. As it is an olfactory compound, it is supposed to cause the man to appear attractive to women.These pheromones also boost the libido.
  • Celery also boosts the sperm count and motility thus improving a man's fertility.
  • It is a low calorie high fiber food so can be eaten as much without having to worry about putting on weight.

Celery Seeds

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Celery Seeds

Celery seeds are tiny and brown in color but have many medicinal properties. Traditionally, Ayurveda has been using it since thousands of years.

The seeds have been used as a spice and flavoring, used either whole or ground in various dishes, salads, soups, non vegetarian dishes etc.

The seeds provide a medicinally useful essential volatile oil that is beneficial in all inflammatory conditions like joint pains of arthritis & rheumatism.

Celery seeds repel mosquitoes.

Celery & garlic Juice

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Celery Juice

All the benefits are that are available by consuming celery are present in the juice except the fiber content. Drinking of celery juice benefits by one being able to take in a concentrated dose of all the nutrients.

Some benefits that need pointing out are :

  • It is an excellent cooling drink during summers and also helps to regulate body temperature.
  • It is excellent for athletes for replacing lost electrolytes, fast. The sodium content is organic and so beneficial.
  • In Insomnia, a glassful can be taken to get good sleep.
  • Drinking juice can help flush out toxins and prevent renal and gall stones better and quicker.
  • It is also a quick way to ease inflammations of joint pains .
  • It is a natural alkalizing juice having a PH close to that of the human body.

Celery Oil

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Celery Oil

Celery seeds are the source of celery oil. It has good anti inflammatory effects in arthritic and rheumatic conditions.

Celery oil contains oleic, stearic, linoleic, palmitic, palmitoleic,myristic, myristoleic, & petroselnic fatty acids.

The oil is used in perfumes, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Uses Of Celery

The crisp stalk and top root is mainly used for food as in the making of sauces and soups.

The seeds are used to prepare an essential volatile oil that is used by the perfume and pharmaceutical industry. The seeds are also used as spice, either ground or whole. When these seeds are ground and mixed with common or sea salt it is called celery salt. This salt is used as an ingredient of Bloody Mary and Caesar cocktails.

The seeds are also used as seasoning and as medicine. The essential oil from seeds is also medicinal.

Some Precautions and Side Effects with Celery

Celery can cause severe allergic reactions in those allergic to it. Cooking does not destroy the allergen. The seeds have the highest concentration of this allergen followed by the roots and then the stalks. It is best to avoid celery if allergic to it as these reactions can be fatal.

Pregnant women should avoid celery seeds since it causes uterine contractions and can cause miscarriage or uterine bleeding.

Those with active kidney inflammation should avoid celery.

Those allergic to birch pollen may be allergic to celery seeds.

If you are consuming celery use sunblock lotion as some of the chemicals in the stems may cause excessive photo sensitivity to the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

Do consult your doctor before consuming celery.

Possible Interactions Of Celery With Some Medicines

Those taking the following medicines should avoid taking celery or consult a doctor before consuming celery.

  • Diuretics
  • Anticoagulants or blood thinners like, aspirin, warfarin, clopidogrel etc.
  • Celery interacts with lithium, thyroid medicines and sedatives.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Hello Rajan, extremely well done hub, once again. You must get really high numbers on you hub scores. Can you eat celery seeds alone or put them on cottage cheese or fruit? Do they taste like celery? I'm looking for new healthy foods to try. Thanks Rajan! Voted Up!


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Wonderful information here, as always ^_^ I like celery well enough but my husband hates the stuff. Any suggestions on how I can get him to eat it?

Voted up, useful and interesting ^_^ looking forward to the next one.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I did not know about the benefits of celery seeds. Great information as always my friend. This is a very useful and valuable niche you have developed, and I learn something new with each installment. Great job Rajan!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love celery in everything. so this is my kind of hub

I am posting this on facebook on TOPS.. (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY.. I will add you.

blessings

debbie


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Rajan, great hub- very comprehensive. Who knew that celery had so many health benefits. Celery Soup is my absolute favourite.


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Another important hub on healthy eating and living. Thanks. Voted up and shared.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I like celery because it adds crunch to salads and such, but I can imagine drinking its juice straight because it would presumably taste like grass. However, still voting this Up and Interesting because of the good nutritional info.


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

I eat celery almost daily, probably a stalk a day. It, with some other raw vegies take the place of potato chips for my lunch sandwich.

I had no idea that it contained so many good-for-you compounds.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Celery is a super veggie! I eat it often. I'm waiting for my next challenge. Excellent hub loaded with info!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Ranjan,

I use to love eating celery with cheese whiz. The cheese whiz is not really good for you but it was delicious.

I have heard that one burns more calories eating raw celery than the amount of calories in the celery.

The recipe for celery soup looks simple to make and very tasty.

Voted up and away.

Have a good day. :)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

ehealer - celery seeds taste like celery with a slight grassy, sweet and bitter taste but have a very powerful flavor so you can grind and use a pinch or so to add to anything of your choice, salads, soups etc or in the marinade used as a rub for meats etc.

Thanks visiting and appreciating.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Mama Kim, I think you could try using ground celery seeds by adding a pinch to his soup or salad or in the marinate rub for meats.

appreciate your visit and votes. Thank you.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thank you for the compliments, Bill. What I am today is because of readers like you, my friend.

I'm happy you like these health informative hubs of mine and I appreciate your continued support.

Thank you.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Debbie, for the read, the share and the add. I appreciate it.


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Thanks Rajan, that sounds like a great flavoring! I am going to try them as a seasoning.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

raj thank you for this share I had no idea of the health benefits found in celery.. to be honest with you I just stuck them in my glass of bloody mary..:) Frank


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ jools - thanks for reading and commenting.Glad you liked.

@ sandra - thank you for reading, appreciating, sharing and constantly supporting my efforts.

@ Aurelio - Chorophyll is to plants what hemoglobin is to humans, my friend. Grass has lots of it. And sure is healthy, a la Dr. Ann Wigmore.

On a serious note, your comments always strike a humorous chord in me. Thanks for being a fine support.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Angelo - Celery is indeed better than potato chips any day and am glad you prefer it over them. Thanks for visiting and glad to see you.

@ Sunshine - Linda thanks for spreading so much sunshine on my hubs. Appreciate your visit and thank you.

@ Sueswan - you are very correct in your observation and this is the reason for celery causing one to lose weight along with the fact that it fills you up causing one to eat less.

Appreciate you visit and comments. Thank you.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ ehealer - I hope you do.

@ Frank - thanks for the read and input. Appreciate your visit.


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Very comprehensive hub on celery. Many people incorrectly believe celery is of limited value because of a low nutrient quality. I will show this article to my husband because he is one of those people. I put it in my green smoothies to improve flavor but happy to read that it is so beneficial. Voted up and shared!


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Even the seeds are useful. What a wonderful plant and you shared all the benefits we can get from it. Thanks.


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bookerboy 4 years ago from Ireland

Love celery soup!

I'm buying a juicer tomorrow and was looking forward to making some cucumber juices - do you think celery and cucumber would mix well, or what would be good to sweeten them up - the reason being I need them to keep cool in summer - I was told I have a hot liver...(not joking!)

Great hub by the way!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

If only I liked celery better....Except for the soup, that I love so maybe there is some hope to a healthier me. Interesting hub!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I did not realize there are so many health benefits of celery. I thought it was mainly water and so did not contain many benefits. Thanks for showing me more here. I vote up and sharing as well.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I love celery..Used to make celery root salad...It goes in all soups and other dishes. I knew it had a lot of health benefits..but not this many. Thanks for sharing this interesting and informative hub. Voted UP.


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

Great recipes for celery. Glad you shared these and will have to try them. I am trying to make a life style change and to make healthier choices. This is just the reminder I needed.


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Lightshare 4 years ago

I was not aware of these much qualities. Thank u rajan jolly for an informative hub -)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for this wonderful and informative hub. Knew there was a reason why I loved celery. Passing this on.


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lilalollie 4 years ago from The Netherlands

I like this hub, especially the videos. Great information about celery, should eat it more often :-)

Lilalollie


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ healthylife - I hope your husband now agrees that celery is healthy. Thanks for reading, appreciating & sharing.

@ ignugent - glad you found this hub informational. Thanks for stopping by.

@ bookerboy - Certainly, the two would mix up well. Both cucumber & celery are cooling. Thanks for reading and appreciating.

@ GTF - the soup is healthy too. But you could always mix celery juice with other juices to make it more palatable to you.

Thanks for being here.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Christy - celery indeed is healthy, you have the facts here. Thanks for reading and sharing this. Glad to see you.

@ Carol - Wow! Great to know you have been using celery root too. You have quite a bit of knowledge on the benefits of celery.

Yhanks for stopping by. It's a pleasure to see you here.

@ Cathleena - I'm glad you like the healthy food choice. I have many other hubs on healthy foods as well that might interest you.

Thank you for dropping by and leaving your fine comments as well. Nice to see you.

@ Lightshare - I appreciate your visit and comments. Thanks.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Gypsy - Thanks for reading, appreciating and sharing this info. Glad to see you and appreciate your visit.

@ Lilalollie - thanks for stopping to read. I hope you will try the recipes.

Thank you.


pandagirl754 4 years ago

Found the side effects and interactions of particular interest. Thank you for posting.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for reading and leaving your feedback, pandagirl.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I love celery and so I am glad that it has some healthful benefits other than its taste!


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi rajan,

Another excellent piece written in your usual stylish and informative way!! Loved this one on celery, one of my favourite vegetables to cook with hot and cold.

Your tips on when not to use was enlightening, with certain medications.

Are blood pressure tablets okay, I think they are but you certainly got me thinking! Thanks , voted up, interesting useful and sharing this awesome hub packed with everything you need to know, great attention to detail as ever.


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi rajan,

Left comment earlier that seems to have not taken. Fantastic hub yet again with great attention to detail. One of my favourite vegetables to use I love celery and did not know HOW good it was so thank you!

Excellent photos, videos and writing as always.

Voted up, Useful, Interesting and sharing on! :-)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Audrey - nice to know you like the taste of celery and love this healthy vegetable. Thanks for stopping by.

@Suzie - I' m glad you appreciate the information presented. Thanks for all the compliments. I appreciate your coming by, the votes and sharing.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

We use celery stalks and also celery root in our cooking and also love eating it raw. I knew that it was low calorie and full of fiber, but learned even more of the health benefits by reading your hub. Up, useful and interesting votes. Well done!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Peggy, glad to know use celery in a variety of ways. One appreciates more if one is more aware of the health benefits of the consumed food. Glad you found it informative. Thanks for being here.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Interesting and informative--I'm glad to have my memory refreshed and to have new info.

We like to add chopped celery to our chili recipe, and friends say they love it when we serve it to them.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Rt - This seems a wonderful way to use celery. Thanks for your input. Glad to see you and thanks for coming by.


sanders1 4 years ago

Maybe this is an interesting article for you:

http://the-health-benefits.com/index.php/vegetable...


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Celery is a healthy way to go for all the benefits mentioned it is definitely an option. Eaten raw or cooked still is good.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Devika. Appreciate the visit.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

I really like celery. Very good hub. voted up and useful


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Celery unfortunately is not available here easily and is expensive, Glad you like the hub. Thanks, Indian Chef.


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