Celery is from the same family with parsley and fennel, the Umbelliferae family. It can grow to the height of up to 16 inches. The white celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, thus has less chlorophyll, compared to its greener counterparts.
The ribs of celery are crunchy and are often used to make soup or salad. It has a salty taste, so celery juice is a good mix with the sweeter fruit juices. Depending on variety, some may taste very salty.
Celery leaves has high content of vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids.
Nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing, aiding bowel movements. The natural organic sodium (salt) in celery is very safe for consumption, in fact is essential for the body. Even individuals who are salt-sensitive can safely take the sodium in celery, unlike table salt (iodised sodium) which is harmful for those with high blood pressure.
While many foods lose nutrients during cooking, most of the compounds in celery hold up well during cooking.
Health Benefits of Celery Juice
Celery juice has always been associated with numerous health-boosting properties, such as:
Acidity – The variety of minerals found in Celery juice can effectively balance the body’s blood pH levels, thus neutralizing acidity.
Athletes – This magical juice is the perfect post-workout drink as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its minerals.
Blood Pressure – You may find it hard to believe, but the organic sodium content of celery actually reduces blood pressure rather than increase it. A compound in celery called phthalides helps relax the muscle around arteries, which dilates the vessels and allows blood to flow normally throughout the body. For best results, you should drink celery juice for 7 days, then stop for 20 days, and start again.
Cholesterol – Numerous studies in recent years have shown that regular consumption of Celery juice can significantly reduce the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Constipation – The natural laxative effect of celery can help relieve constipation.
Cooling – It is recommended to drink at least one glass of celery juice daily to normalize your body temperature during the hot summer days.
Weight Loss – Regular consumption of celery juice helps reduce cravings for sweets and high-calorie food, which can be very helpful for everyone who is trying to lose weight.
Nervous System – All the minerals in celery juice have a calming effect on the nervous system, making it a wonderful drink for people who are having sleep problems.
Inflammation – The polyacetylene in celery can help reduce inflammation in people who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, bronchitis, and asthma.
Kidney function – Celery promotes healthy and normal kidney function by helping you to remove toxins from your body. While eliminating toxins, it also helps prevent the formation of kidney stones.
Cancer – Celery contains anti-cancer compounds like acetylenics, which have the ability to stop the growth of cancerous cells. Additionally, they are also rich in phenolic acids which block the prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells.
If possible, always opt for green celery. The ribs should be still firm, not limp. Keep celery in a plastic bag or a sealed container and store it in the fridge. Make sure not to keep it at room temperature for too long because it can wilt quickly.
Note: Celery has its own “pesticide” called psoralens, which protects it from fungi. However, this protective layer could cause problems to some people.
In case you begin to have skin problems soon after eating celery, it means that you have a sensitivity to psoralens.