Celery can be an often forgotten about vegetable, mostly used in soups, stews and bolognese but this veggie is one of the healthiest around and one that you should make an effort to consume regularly!
Celery has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body as it contains powerful polysaccharides antioxidants such as quercetin and ferulic acid. Due to this it is often used as a home remedy for a wide range of inflammatory conditions such as urinary tract infections, joint pain, irritable bowel syndrome and liver and kidney infections. This crunchy green vegetable has a powerful cleansing effect on the liver, as it acts as a diuretic it can assist in accelerating the removal of toxins and waste from the body. Celery also contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can help fight bacterial infections and improve immune system functioning.
This vegetable can assist in maintaining a healthy weight as it provides many vital nutrients such as electrolytes, antioxidants, potassium and B and C vitamins all for very little calories while helping to regulate fat metabolism. Celery also helps to reduce bloating and improve digestion as it helps to improve circulation within the intestines and hydrates the body helping to relieve water retention.
Celery also contains chemo-protective compounds called polyacetylenes which are shown to help fight against cancer formation and reduce toxicity in the body. Polyacetylenes have many immune-boosting effects on the body such as tumor-fighting abilities that could stop mutated cells (such as cancer cells) from proliferating.
Now if all of these benefits aren’t enough to get you eating this magical vegetable a couple of times a week we don’t know what is! If you don’t love the taste it’s easy to chop up finely and hide in stir fry’s, curries and stews, or if you do love it fresh celery sticks with peanut butter or your favourite dip or blended into a juice or smoothie is a great way to eat this veggie frequently.
Storage and prep tips – Its best to keep the head of celery whole and wrap ¾ of the base in aluminium foil, tightly so its secure, but not so snug that it bends or crumples the stalks, and store in the crisper draw of the refrigerator. If you are using a recipe that only requires one or two ribs and you want to keep the rest of them fresh for as long as possible cut them into a size that will fit a container, fill the container with water, submerge the celery and close thee lid, storing in the fridge. As the cut ribs loose moisture more rapidly this will keep them hydrated and fresher for longer.