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Does Celery Help Cleanse the Body?

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author image Jill Corleone, RDN, LD
Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and lecturing on diet and health for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book "Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation," edited by John R. Bach, M.D. Corleone holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition.
Does Celery Help Cleanse the Body?
Snack on celery to satisfy hunger and improve health. Photo Credit amana imagesRF/amana images/Getty Images

While celery does support overall good health, including the health of the organs responsible for ridding your body of toxic substances, it cannot cleanse your body. Your body's liver and kidneys naturally remove harmful substances from your blood and eliminate them in your urine, sweat and stool. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't eat celery. The low-cal crunchy vegetable offers many health benefits.

Why Eat Celery

One medium stalk of celery has just 6 calories, almost 1 gram of fiber and 15 percent of the daily value for vitamin K. It contains small amounts of a number of nutrients you need to stay healthy, including vitamins A, C and E, folate, potassium and manganese.

Celery also contains apiin, an antioxidant that may help scavenge the free radicals in your liver, kidneys, brain and lungs and promote the activity of natural enzymes in your body that also support your fight against the cell-damaging chemicals, according to study published in Food and Function in 2014.

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