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Healthy Benefits of Celery

Updated on August 28, 2012

Celery history

Celery has a long history and was first used as medicine and then later on as food. The medical use of the celery leaf  dates back to the 9th century B.C. appearing in the Odyssey, by the famous Greek poet, Homer. Ancient Greeks would use the leaves also to decorate their athletes, and the Romans were known to use celery for seasoning. Wild celery is different from our modern day celery in that it has less stalk and more leaves. Celery is believed to be originated from northern Africa and southern Europe and is also native to the Himalayas. It was not until the Middle Ages that celery was recorded as being used for food, and did not become popular in Europe until the 18th century and in the early 19th century for the United States.

Vitamins in Celery

This is one food that you can actually burn more calories digesting resulting in negative calories. Celery contains about 6 calories per 8 inch stalk, and is loaded with health benefits. This wonderful plant is from the Umbelliferae family which is also the same for parsley, fennel, carrots and dill. While most foods lose nutrient when cooked celery is one that still holds many of its nutrients when cooked. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, and the stalks contain vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C that supply potassium, calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, sodium and essential amino acids.

Health Benefits of Celery

Celery contains phthalides which is said to lower cholesterol and coumarins which are believed to be useful for cancer prevention. The courmarins help prevent free radicals from damaging cells, that decrease mutations potentially causing cells to become cancerous. Coumarins are also believed to enhance certain white blood cell activity, and compounds called acetylenics found in celery have shown to stop the growth of tumor cells.

Lower Blood Pressure

Considering celery is an excellent source of vitamin C, which has been stated in over 20 scientific studies to be a cold fighter, it is safe to say that celery supports the immune system as well as reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes and cancer. Celery being that it is a great source of potassium, calcium and magnesium is also believed to lower blood pressure. It contains active compounds called phythalides that help relax the muscle that surrounds the arteries allowing those vessels to dilate. The blood can flow at a lower pressure with more space inside the arteries. These phythalides also reduces stress hormones that cause blood vessels to constrict.

Grow your own celery

Though celery is sold all year round, it is best to buy it when in season and preferably from your local growers. In 2010 the Environmental Working Group reported that celery is 1 of 12 foods that show high amounts of pesticide residues. So it is best to buy celery organically or grow it yourself. I can testify that celery grown in your own garden is always going to be better than getting it anywhere else. If you are starting it from seed make sure to give yourself between 12-16 weeks of growing time indoors before your last estimated frost date.

Sources:

The complete Illustrated Book of Herb, Readers Digest

www.whfoods.com

www.juicing-for-health.com

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Rob for all the information..I will definitely give this a try.

      Have a great day.

      Sunnie

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      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      I think you should be fine growing celery. Make sure you have decent soil that is amended with sand, petemoss, and compost, and that its not compacted. You should be able to dig through your soil with just your hands. As the celery begins to grow tall, I mound the soil up high on the stalks causing them to grow taller and thicker.

      I believe you could start your celery now, if starting from seed I recommend starting indoors, it does take a while but your growing season is much longer than mine here in NY. You may just want to buy some celery form a local nursery and see how it grows for you.

      Best of luck to you, I hope you have a fruitful gardening season. Happy Growing

      Rob

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Rob,

      Celery is my favorite..I eat tons! I mean like two to three bunches per week just for me..I want to grow it but not sure if it will do well here in central Texas..any thoughts and can I plant now? Thanks for much..Great hub!

      Sunnie

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      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      cheapsk8chick- Awesome! That is so great the entire family loves Celery. You should try growing it, celery taste even better when it comes from your own garden.

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      cheapsk8chick 

      7 years ago

      Celery is one of the few good things that my whole family enjoys. I never realized it is so good for us. Mama will be using more celery now!

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      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Katie you should totally grown your own celery, it will always taste better. Thanks for commenting

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      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love celery as do my kids, it's great to learn of the amazing benefits of celery. I'm so going to grow my own celery, I love organic celery it taste so much better! :) Katie

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      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      prasetio30 aren't the benefits of celery just wonderful, I too love learning stuff like this, and yes I will continue to write about this sort of information here on hubpages, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Cheers!

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. My mother alway use celery to make a soup. Thanks my friend. I learn much from you. Keep on writing useful information like this one. I give my vote to you. Cheers....

      Blessing and hugs,

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      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Thanks TattoGuy, I look forward to reading more of your hub tips, as you can see I have started applying some of them already. Thanks again for visiting and commenting on my celery hub.

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      TattoGuy 

      7 years ago

      Nice choice of Title my friend and one classy hub, I am writing a more detailed Hubs Tips this weekend which I think will help you more. Not that you need it, all you need is for your hubs to gather the aging process which they will, nice one !

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      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      prairieprincess thanks so much for reading about the benefits of celery, isn't it great knowing these fun health facts.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      palulis, interesting hub. I did not know why celery was healthy, just that it was. I do it use it quite a bit in the dishes that I make such as chili, spaghetti sauce and chicken casserole.

      Love learning more about the food we eat. Great hub, and thank you!

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      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Oceansnsunsets, I have grown celery for the past three seasons and will continue to have this in my garden, I love to go out there and pick fresh celery before preparing a meal. I have never used the seed yet and am looking forward to trying it.

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      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Great information on celery, thank you for sharing! I actually like celery, and use it for soups and stews or raw and the celery seed is good for a spice in recipes on occasion. I would love to grow it one day.

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