If you think celery just serves as a pale accompaniment for more exciting foods, think again. This crunchy vegetable is full of healthy benefits and healing properties. Medicinal uses for celery go back to the ninth century. Adding celery to your meals not only imparts a crisp, fresh taste but also provides your body with a nutrition boost.
Promotes Weight Management
Celery is an excellent food for people who are concerned with weight control. It's a low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie delight. A 1-cup serving of chopped, raw celery contains just 16 calories, 3 grams of carbohydrate, which is just 1 percent of the daily value set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet, and 0.17 gram of total fat, which is less than 1 percent of the DV.
High in Vitamin K
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. Your body stores it in your fat tissue and liver. It plays an important role in regulating your body's blood flow. Vitamin K is essential for proper blood clotting and aids in the maintenance of bone health. A 1-cup serving of chopped, raw celery provides your body with 29.6 micrograms of vitamin K, which is 37 percent of the daily value set by the FDA.
Helps Fight Cancer
Celery contains apigenin and luteolin, flavonoids that are linked to the destruction of pancreatic cancer cells. An abstract published in "Food and Chemical Toxicology" in October 2013 reported on a study conducted to assess the potential of dietary flavonoids apigenin and luteolin for enhancing the effects chemotherapeutic drugs, thus preventing or retarding the spread of cancer cells. The study revealed that pretreatment of specific human pancreatic cancer cells with low concentrations of apigenin or luteolin effectively aided the chemotherapeutic drug effectiveness.
Peptic Ulcer Relief
Certain bacteria may cause peptic ulcers, which are open sores in the lining of the stomach, esophagus or initial part of the intestines, known as the duodenum. Eating celery may help reduce the symptoms of peptic ulcers because it contains flavonoids, which inhibit the growth of certain bacteria. An article published in the "Journal of Pharmacy and BioAllied Sciences" in the July-September issue of 2011 noted that polyphenolic compounds have been reported to have a beneficial role in the treatment of gastric ulcers. Polyphenol compounds include flavonoids.
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Celery, Raw
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Guidance for Industry: A Food Labeling Guide
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Peptic Ulcer
- University of Illinois: College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: Celery, Artichokes Contain Flavonoids that Kill Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells
- Food and Chemical Toxicology: An International Journal Published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association
- Journal of Pharmacy and BioAllied Sciences: Role of Phenolic Compounds in Peptic Ulcer: An Overview
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin K
- Texas A and M Agrilife Extension: Celery First Used as a Medicine