Celery is one of the most useful vegetables, for its flavorful seeds and pale green leaves and stalks. It is well known for its crunchy stalks, which people often consume as a low-calorie snack.
Celery can be eaten raw or cooked. Studies show that it loses very little of its nutrients when steamed.
A research showed that after steaming, celery retained 83 percent to 99 percent of its antioxidants.
Its origin was traced from Sweden, south to Algeria, Egypt, and Asia, as it is a veggie with high water content and requires fertile, moisture-rich soil.
Usage of Celery
Celery can be eaten with cheese, with dips, in salads, or as a crunchy addition to a peanut butter sandwich. It also adds flavor to soups and risottos.
A vegetable tasty and healthy smoothie is made of celery, with cucumber, apple, spinach, and lemon.
Celery seeds can be added to vegetable dishes, soups, and salad dressings for flavor.
Benefits of Celery
Celery is not only low in calories, but benefits the digestive tract and the cardiovascular system. Celery seeds are used in medicine to help relieve pain. For centuries is has been used as an anti-hypertensive component in traditional medicine
Pharmacological studies show that celery has both antioxidant nutrients and anti-inflammatory activities that help improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as prevent heart disease.
A regular cup of celery stalk helps in weight loss, in addition to its ability to improve liver functions, skin and eye and cognitive health.
Moreover, celery helps lower high cholesterol, prevent from ulcers, contains anti-microbial properties that fight infections and may help protect from cancer.