Generally, celery belongs to the Apiaceous family, as well as carrots, parsnips, parsley and celeriac. Up till now, it is well known as a popular low-calorie snack, as it has a crunchy stalk and provides a range of health benefits. The seeds will be dried or pressed into the oil and then will be used as medicine. Nowadays, we can get celery oil in tablet form. Celery contains fiber that can benefit the digestive and cardiovascular systems. Apart from that, it also contains some antioxidants that will play a crucial role in preventing disease. The nutrients that are available in the celery will produce a wide range of health benefits. In this article, we will look at some possible health benefits of celery, including the vegetable’s nutritional contents.
First, celery can help us to prevent inflammation and cancer. There is a plant compound in the celery that is called apigenin, that plays an important role in Chinese traditional medicine as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and antiviral agent. It may also contain properties that can help to combat cancer. Lab tests were conducted in 2016 and according to the scientist, the apigenin may contribute to programmed cell death, called apoptosis that will make it useful as a treatment for cancer. Studies conducted also show a result that apigenin and apigenin-rich diets reduced the expressions for certain inflammatory proteins. So, these substances will turn down inflammation and restore the balance of the immune system.
Second, celery can help us in reducing our blood pressure. Research was done to study the effect of celery seed extract on blood pressure in rats with normal blood pressure. The results show that the extracts help to reduce blood pressure and raise the rat’s heart rate which has a high blood pressure rather than the rate with a normal blood pressure. However, there is no strong evidence showing that celery helps to lower blood pressure in humans.
Third, it can prevent us from getting hyperlipidemia. Basically, hyperlipidemia is an increase in fatty molecules in our blood. Although there are no symptoms that can be seen during early stages, it can be the long-term risk of stroke and heart disease. Celery extract can reduce the levels of ‘bad cholesterol’ or also known as low density lipoprotein (LDL). People that practice a high-fiber diet will result in lower total and LDL cholesterol levels than those who consume less fiber in their diet.
Apart from that, celery was also widely used to treat diseases such as joint pain, gout, hysteria, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, less appetite and exhaustion. Celery was also known to encourage relaxation and sleep as the chemicals in celery act to cause sleepiness, prevent us from getting urinary tract infection by killing the bacteria in the urinary tract and increase urine to decrease fluid retention, and help in relaxation of muscle to help in digestion and for regulating of the bowel movements. Besides that, celery also good for women to start menstruation, help us to control flatulence by controlling the intestinal gasses, increase our sexual desire, help in stimulating glands, treating menstrual discomfort, and for “blood purification” as it can decrease blood clotting and decrease the level of sugar in the blood.
Finally, although celery can give us many benefits, there are some special precautions for certain people. For example, in a pregnant woman, it is likely unsafe to take celery oil and celery seeds by mouth in medicinal amounts during pregnancy as it can make the uterus contract and lead to a miscarriage. As celery can reduce the blood pressure, taking the celery in medicinal amounts while your blood pressure is already low will make it drop too much. If you are having a bleeding disorder, you might not take celery in medicinal amounts as it can increase the rate of the bleeding.