Scientist are starting to evaluate the most powerful of the healing factors of celery, a compound known as 3-n-butylphthalide or 3nB. 3nB is a compound unique to celery, responsible for the flavor and odor of celery. Have you ever been cutting up celery and the smell made you want to eat it before you put it in your recipe? Well now you should munch on it a little bit more in addition to adding it to your soups, stir fry, or juicing it.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, claims celery calms the nerves. It is also good for the kidneys and will eliminate body waste through the urine. Every part of the celery can be used, from the seeds to the leaves and the edible root of this plant. It has a high calcium content. Celery is also used in aromatherapy and in Ayurvedic medicine. Rheumatic patients in Japan are sometimes put on a celery diet. Celery is a high water content veggie, like cucumber. Great for juicing and eating raw too for fiber. Scientists found 3nB while searching for the reason of the medicinal effects of celery such as lowering blood pressure and relieving arthritis.
Here’s what we now know: Celery will reduce high blood pressure and give the effect of calmness. Celery clears uric acid from painful joints and help the treatment of arthritis and other rheumatic problems. Celery helps the kidneys and acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and celery is very low in calories because of its high water content. You can drink celery juice frequently to curb your cravings for sweets and rich food.
Celery is from the parsley and fennel family. The white parts of the celery are shaded from the sun, thus less chlorophyll, compared to the greener outside stems. Celery is the perfect addition to soups and salads. Celery juice is a good mix with sweeter fruit juices because of its salty taste. The nutritional benefits of celery leaves are its high content of vitamin A. The stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with richness in potassium, calcium, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium and lots of amino acids. During juicing, nutrients in the fiber are released, aiding bowel movements. Yes, celery has a natural organic sodium content, but is very safe for consumption. Worried because you are salt-sensitive? No worries. It is unlike table salt, which is harmful for those with high blood pressure.
Recent studies have shown that celery may also help to combat cancer. Celery is known to have at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds, which will stop the growth of tumor cells, block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells and coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells. Celery will also balance the body’s blood pH, helping to neutralize acid and bringing you to a more alkaline base. Celery juice is the perfect drink for after your workout. It will replace lost electrolytes and rehydrate your body and has been shown to effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Celery can also be used as a natural laxative, relieving constipation. Also use celery juice to help regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, which is important to help rid the body of excess fluid.
The polyacetylene in celery will relieve all inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.
3nB has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the formation of arterial plaque in experimental studies. This will also increase the elasticity of blood vessels and lead to lowering blood pressure readings. Celery is also a diuretic. Most diuretics have dangerous side effects that result from either too much potassium or sodium. Celery extract acts as a diuretic but does not alter the ratio of sodium to potassium in the blood. The research on this is preliminary and some people will respond to this treatment and others won’t. This is also typical with conventional drugs. Drugs will lower blood flow to the brain, leaving people feeling tired, depressed, and forgetful. Celery extract has been shown to not only help prevent strokes, but also improve blood flow as well.
I have low blood pressure, and some people have had problems with celery because it will make their blood pressure even lower. I’ve never had a problem with it, so far. Listen to your own body..
Statements are meant to be informational only. Please consult with your medical practitioner if you are considering celery extract or celery to treat your symptoms.
Fun but true fact: celery was used in ancient Greece as a reward in sports contests.