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What you probably don’t know about Celery.
Healing Power of Celery
Doing research on the food we eat and how they benefit the human body has turned up some interesting findings. Celery – sometimes referred to as “The Stalks of Protection” has healing powers. Two things it has been tested to positively affect are High Blood Pressure and Lowering the Risk of Cancer. It can also have some bad effects due to its power to produce its own pesticides.
Humor in Historical Fact:
Did you know that the ancient Romans were know to be party animals? Probably. But what is not a well known fact is that they would wear wreaths of celery to protect themselves from hangovers. True fact!
Asians first discovered Celery reduces Blood Pressure
For centuries celery was used for the reduction of High Blood Pressure. The way the historical account is revealed is that years ago a man by the name of Mr. Le was diagnosed with mild high blood pressure. With this diagnosis, refraining from salt was advised by his doctor, however Mr. Le knew of the folk legend of celery stalks taking care of this malady. He ate approximately four stalks of celery each day and within a week his pressure showed significant decline.
Why does Celery lower blood pressure?
Celery contains a chemical called Phthalide. It is found to relax the muscles of the arteries and thereby allowing the vessels that carry blood to dilate. In addition to this chemical Celery also has Catecholamines. This chemical reduces the amount of stress hormones the body releases.
Recipe for success:
The Asian practitioners follow this step for their patients suffering from High Blood Pressure. Intake four or five stalks of celery everday for a week. At the end of one week refrain from eating celery for three weeks. On the fifth week follow the first step of eating four or five stalks of celery everyday for a week.
Caution for some concerning the intake of celery.
Celery is quite delicious but for some it can be a very itchy situation. Celery produces compounds called Psoralens that protect it from hungry fungi. Psoralens in some people cause skin allergies. If when eating celery your skin becomes sensitive to the sun that you get sunburn when in the sun only after a short period of time, you are going to want to not eat celery. Seriously, just leave it alone. Washing celery does remove fungi on a plant and that will deter the manufacturing of Psoralen.
The Leaves of Celery
Another interesting fact about celery is the nutrition found in the leaves of the stalk. It has been discovered that in the leaf is found the higher amounts of calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. When cooking this lovely plant it holds up well, holding most of the nutritious compounds within it.
The Seeds of Celery.
Seventeen percent of the daily value of iron are found in the seeds of Celery. Don’t be shy when using it in your casseroles, soups, or stews.