Does celery really contain health and detox benefits? The answer, based on scientific research, is YES! Celery contains sodium cluster salts that strip pathogens down and destroys them. Celery also contains essential vitamins and minerals like folate, vitamin C, K, A, vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, and is a great source of fiber. Because of its rich nutrient content, celery and celery juice have been recommended to detox the liver, reduce cholesterol, help prevent and treat chronic diseases and more.
The many health benefits of celery
Cleanses the liver
The liver is the main organ that helps detoxify the body of waste products like chemicals from pharmaceutical drugs, bacteria and other harmful byproducts. Celery contains high sodium cluster salts the strips pathogens down and damages them, literally destroying them. Celery juice kills super bugs that overtime cause disease. Celery juice has amounts of vitamin A, C, and B, iron, and diuretic properties. Consuming 16 ounces on an empty stomach daily can do incredible things including:
- Revive liver cells
- Help maintain good kidney health
- Help with weight loss
Reduces cholesterol levels
Celery contains the compound 3-n-butylphthalide, which has shown to have a lipid-lowering effect. Consumption of celery long-term and in supplemental form can reduce lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol.
Helps with inflammation
Chronic inflammation is a leading cause for chronic disease. Since celery contains a variety of phenolic antioxidants, consuming it has shown that it decreases the risk of oxidative damage to body fats and blood vessel walls. Therefore, decreasing free-radical damage that contributes to inflammation can help prevent and/or treat heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
Regulates blood pressure
Celery contains phthalides, an organic compound that studies have shown to lower blood pressure by relaxing the muscles around the heart, which allows vessels to dilate for easy blood flow. Calcium, magnesium, and potassium also help in regulating blood pressure.
Boosts immune system
Because of the high amounts of vitamin C, detox properties, and antioxidants found in celery, the immune system is able to work more effectively in attacking foreign agents in the body.
Since celery is made up of 95% water, it is a great hydration booster. Some claim that celery juice has helped with digestion and to reduce bloating. This may be due to the high water content of celery.
Don’t be shy, eat plenty of celery
Celery can be helpful for our health in a variety of ways, so it’s smart to add it to our daily diet. In order to gain as much nutritional benefit from it, it is recommended that you eat fresh celery five to seven days each week.
Celery can be included in many cooked recipes, but heat may destroy essential nutrients. Anthony William, also known as the Medical Medium, recommends 16 ounces a day of celery juice on an empty stomach every day to gain maximum benefits. Having it as a snack is also recommended because it is a low-calorie vegetable and low glycemic, meaning it will not spike your blood sugar levels.
Whether you eat fresh celery or drink it as juice, the nutritional benefits it provides for the body are astonishing. Below are some delicious and keto friendly ways to enjoy celery.
Fabulous and easy celery recipes
- Bunch of celery
- ¼ C water (optional with no juicer)
Rinse celery and run through juicer. Drink immediately.
If no juicer is available, blend celery with water and drink immediately after.
Chicken Salad Celery Sticks
- 3 oz shredded chicken
- 1 tsp of light mayo
- Garlic powder
- 3 celery stalks cut in half
Mix all ingredients and fill celery stalks.
- 2 C diced celery
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tbsp butter or ghee
- ½ tsp fresh ginger
- 4 C chicken stock
- ½ C milk or milk substitute
- Ground pepper
In a large saucepan heat butter or ghee and wait until it bubbles. Add onion, garlic and ginger and stir fry for 2 min. Add chopped celery and cook for another 5 min. Add stock and let it simmer for 10 min. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add then milk and stir for another minute. Remove from heat and let it cool a bit. Purée the blend, serve, and top it with fresh chopped celery, chives and pepper.