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Celery Health Benefits

author image Karen Curinga
Karen Curinga has been writing published articles since 2003 and is the author of multiple books. Her articles have appeared in "UTHeath," "Catalyst" and more. Curinga is a freelance writer and certified coach/consultant who has worked with hundreds of clients. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology.
Celery Health Benefits
Celery contains surprising health benefits. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

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.

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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.

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