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Benefits of Celery And Its Side Effects

Celery is not only an important ingredient in cooking all over the world but also possesses a plethora of health benefits. Celery lowers cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and promotes weight loss. It is also effective against arthritis pain and detoxifies the body. Other benefits include relieving migraine, treating rheumatism, controlling the onset of cataracts, improving heart health, regulating fluid balance and a lot more. It also boosts the immune system and reduces asthma symptoms.

Table of Content

Celery
Nutritional Value of Celery
Health Benefits of Celery
Lowers cholesterol level
Detoxification agent
Reduces blood pressure
Prevents urinary tract infections
Lowers arthritis pain
Boosts immune system
Prevents cancer
Reduce Asthma symptoms
Regulates fluid balance
Relieves migraines
Uses of Celery
Side-Effects & Allergies of Celery
Cultivation of Celery

Celery

Celery is used as a vegetable in cuisines around the world. It not only has a myriad of health benefits but also imparts flavour to many of the dishes around the globe. It belongs to the Apiaceae family and is consumed all around the world. The plant is now cultivated globally and is a part of many cuisines of various places ranging from Ireland to Japan.

Nutritional Value of Celery

Celery is steeped in nutrition and contains numerous minerals. It is rich in calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium. It also contains fatty acids and vitamins A,K,C,D and E. B vitamins like riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are also present in celery. It is also rich in fibres.

Health Benefits of Celery

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Celery

Lowers cholesterol level

LDL is bad cholesterol that clogs the arteries. Consuming celery everyday reduces LDL levels and reduces the risk of a cardiac arrest. The phthalides in this herb also stimulate the secretion of bile juices which help in reducing cholesterol levels. Less cholesterol means improvement in heart health due to less plaque on the artery walls. The fibre that is found in celery also works to scrape the cholesterol out of the blood stream and eliminate it from the body by regular bowel movements. This further boosts cardiovascular health.

Detoxification agent

Celery also has properties that makes it a detoxification agent. All parts of celery can detoxify the body; the leaves, the roots, the stalk and even the seeds. The body intakes a lot of impurities on a daily basis and it is important to flush out the toxins regularly so as to avoid any ailments. Eating celery regularly not only helps detoxify the body but also avoid diseases of the kidney, gall bladder, pancreas and liver.

Reduces blood pressure

Phthalides are organic chemical compounds that lower the level of stress hormones in your blood. This enables your blood vessels to expand providing more room for uninterrupted flow of blood through your arteries thus reducing pressure. Celery contains phthalides in large amounts. It also contains potassium that acts as a vasodilator meaning it reduces blood pressure. Reduced blood pressure puts less stress on the cardiovascular system and reduces the chances of getting a heart attack.

Prevents urinary tract infections

Celery seeds has diuretic properties meaning it stimulates urination. Hence, it is beneficial for people with bladder disorders, cystisis, kidney problems and other such conditions. The seeds also help in the elimination of uric acid and assist in preventing urinary tract infections in women.

Lowers arthritis pain

Arthritis, rheumatism and gout are painful conditions. Not only are they painful but they restrict movement that makes regular life difficult. Celery is great for people suffering from these conditions. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and pain around the joints. Celery stalks has diuretic properties that helps remove uric acid crystals from around the joints. These uric acid crystals add to the pain and discomfort associated with these conditions. it can also increase the re-growth of tissues in inflamed joints.

Boosts immune system

A healthy immune system is a prerequisite to a healthy body. Lack of strong immunity makes you susceptible to many diseases. Celery is rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidant properties that greatly boosts the strength of the immune system. It also makes it more active and efficient. Eating this vegetable on a regular basis will not only reduce risk of catching a common cold but also provide protection from a variety of other diseases.

Prevents cancer

Cancer is unfortunately one of the most prevalent ailments in modern society. What makes cancer so frustrating is that there is still no known cure for cancer diagnosed in the latter stages. You might be able to cure cancer but you can take steps to prevent it. Celery contains phthalides, flavonoids and polyacetalenes, which are compounds that detoxify carcinogens. It also contains coumarins that has the capability to enhance certain white blood cells and effectively stave off cancer. The anti-oxidant properties of celery seek out free radicals in the body and neutralise them before they could cause any condition like cancer.

Reduce Asthma symptoms

Asthma is a common respiratory problem. The symptoms of asthma are coughing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain and pressure in the chest. Consuming celery regularly can reduce these symptoms thus providing some relief to the patients. Vitamin C present in celery prevents free radicals from damaging any organs and lessen the severity of conditions like asthma.

Regulates fluid balance

Maintaining a fluid balance is important to our well being but most of us do not know how to effectively maintain it. Consuming celery can do so. Celery is rich in both sodium and potassium and both of these minerals help to regulate the fluid balance in the body.

Relieves migraines

The presence of coumarins in celery can provide relief from migraines. Though the exact mechanism as to how it is achieved is not yet understood, research has pointed to a suppression of nitric oxide release in the brain, which causes headaches and migraines.

Uses of Celery

Apart for its medicinal uses, celery is used in cuisines all across the world as a vegetable. It can be used raw in salads and also cooked with curries. Celery is one of the most popular vegetables to make stock and broth with.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Celery

Celery seeds contain volatile oils, flavonoids, linoleic and coumarins. These cause contraction in the uterus so celery seeds must be avoided by pregnant women.

Cultivation of Celery

Celery is believed to have originated from the Mediterranean and North African regions. This premise developed after remnants of a plant akin to celery was discovered in King Tut's tomb. Also, a plant like celery features in ancient Mediterranean myths. Nowadays, celery is grown and used globally.

Popular Questions & Answers

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Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Men are advised to follow a sexual exhaustion diet along with homoepathic treatment to increase their stamina on a regular basis, which includes - Foods like fresh fruits, especially strawberries, quince, plums, peaches, mangoes, figs, coconuts, bananas, apples, raspberries, pomegranates, pears, papayas, grapes, dates, cherries and apricots. Vegetables that have an aphrodisiac effect on the body, some of which can include eggplant, cucumbers, celery asparagus, carrots and corn. Other vegetables that are also highly recommended in a diet for sexual erectile dysfunction include garlic, avocadoes, tomato, beans, garlic, onions, parsley, spinach, turnips, soybeans, watercress, peppers and leeks. Nut and seeds, being good sources of protein, help boost sex drive and therefore, pine seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts are all good for sexual health. Apart from following a healthy diet, it is important for people to make certain lifestyle changes too, which can help improve their sexual health. Stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga as also massage therapy are all great for increasing sexual drive and performance. People should make it a point to get an adequate amount of rest, sleep and relaxation, to decrease sexual problems. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the major contributors to sexual problems, in men and women. Hence, getting an adequate amount of exercise each day can be very useful in improving overall health, which also includes sexual health.. consult me for homoepathic treatment without side effects. .recommend me by clicking on recommend option and leave feedback..

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Dear Lybrate user. I can understand. Memory and mind power depends on three aspects. Understanding, retention and recollection. Recollection is easy if your retention is proper and flawless. Retention is possible when you are able understand what you read or learn. To understand you should have concentration. Concentration comes from effective learning techniques based on creative and active learning. Physical exercise, outdoor games, entertainment, socializing coupled with systematic learning improves your memory and mind power. Vegetables, fruits and nuts are perfect for memory. Brain games like sudoku and jigsaw puzzles helps too. Avocados, Beetroots, Blueberries, Broccoli. Celery, Coconut Oil, Dark Chocolate etc are good for improving concentration and memory. I suggest online education counseling. Take care.
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Sir, what are the best foods for brain improvement? Vegetarian or non veg people are more wise?

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Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Avocados. This fruit is one of the healthiest ones you can consume and one of my all-time favorites. Beets..Blueberries. Bone Broth. Broccoli..Celery. Coconut Oil. Dark Chocolate.
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Sir mam I am very frustrated I am in 11th class and in early starting 6 months I am not concentrating on my studies but in October and November I concentrate on studies but now I am constant worrying about now that I am not able to study as I have early not this constant negative thinking I am not able to concentrate on studies. Please help me I think I am becoming as I was in early 6 months was.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear user, You must be able to understand Concentration, attention span, recollection and distraction. If you are able to watch a movie for two hours continuously, if you are able to play a game for an hour, then you do not have any concentration problems. You can't be attentive towards your studies because you are not interested in it. You are able to watch movie and play game because you are interested in it. Human cannot be attentive towards anything for more than 10 minutes. Then you should study in such a way that your attention is continued and make the subjects are interesting to you. Effective learning techniques should help you. Recollection depends on anxiety, stress and other physical and circumstantial factors. Distractions while studying are plentiful. You should be able to overcome distractions or avoid distractions. Please understand the above. Change your study style and attitude accordingly. Please post a private question to me and I will help you with "effective learning" techniques. Avocados, Beetroots, Blueberries, Broccoli. Celery, Coconut Oil, Dark Chocolate etc are good for improving concentration. Take care.
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  4. Apply heat on the affected areas to control the pain and stiffness.
  5. Eat light foods and strictly avoid oily foods and curd which increase ama.
  6. Avoid sleeping during the daytime.
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  8. The practice of pranayamas such as and shodhana, chandrabhedi sheethali and bhramari also helps.
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There are various traditional medicines known to lower the blood pressure. Also, there are certain herbs that help in controlling blood pressure and preventing other diseases.

Some of these herbs are:

  1. Basil: This herb has a strong aroma and can be used in the preparation of many foods. It also helps in lowering the blood pressure, though for a brief time. Adding freshly chopped or torn basil to soups, salads, pastas and casseroles not only enhance the taste but are also beneficial for health.
  2. Cinnamon: This herb requires some effort to add in the diet, but is helpful in maintain the blood pressure. Diabetic people should have cinnamon everyday in some or the other way. Cinnamon can be included by sprinkling over cereals, oats, coffee, stews and curries.
  3. Cardamom: Cardamom if consumed daily can be helpful in bringing down blood pressure and in turn controlling hypertension and diabetes. Cardamom is very popular in South Asia, the seeds can be powdered and used in stews, soups or baking. It not only has an enhanced flavor but is also packed with numerous health benefits.
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  6. Ginger: Adding ginger to the diet helps to control the blood pressure. It relaxes the blood vessels and improves the circulation of the blood. Ginger can be used in sweets, savories and beverages and is very common in Asian food.
  7. Celery Seed: This is a diuretic and in China it is used to treat hypertension. This can be used to flavor stews, soups, savory dishes and casseroles. Both the seeds and the plant have various benefits and uses of their own.
  8. Hawthorn: This herb is used to treat high blood pressure in China. Decoctions of the herb have health benefits such as reduction of blood pressure, controlling hypertension and blood circulation.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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The lifestyle we lead plays an important role. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to overcome many diseases as it helps in bringing the blood pressure to normal and in turn reduce the risks of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Factors like smoking, diet, stress and sedentary lifestyle can lead to hypertension and diabetes. Hypertension is known as silent killer as it is symptomless.

There are various traditional medicines known to lower the blood pressure. Also, there are certain herbs that help in controlling blood pressure and preventing other diseases.

Some of these herbs are:

  1. Basil: This herb has a strong aroma and can be used in the preparation of many foods. It also helps in lowering the blood pressure, though for a brief time. Adding freshly chopped or torn basil to soups, salads, pastas and casseroles not only enhance the taste but are also beneficial for health.
  2. Cinnamon: This herb requires some effort to add in the diet but is helpful in maintain the blood pressure. Diabetic people should have cinnamon everyday in some or the other way. Cinnamon can be included by sprinkling over cereals, oats, coffee, stews and curries.
  3. Cardamom: Cardamom if consumed daily can be helpful in bringing down blood pressure and in turn controlling hypertension and diabetes. Cardamom is very popular in South Asia, the seeds can be powdered and used in stews, soups or baking. It not only has an enhanced flavor but is also packed with numerous health benefits.
  4. Flaxseed: This is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to lower the blood pressure and also protect the body against atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. They are known for reducing cholesterol levels, and improving glucose tolerance thus acting as antioxidant. Flaxseeds can be added in smoothies and soups or baked goods.
  5. Garlic: Garlic often synonymous with bad breath and pungent seasoning has immense health benefits. It dilates and relaxes the blood vessels allowing the blood to flow freely and in turn reduces the blood pressure. 
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  8. Hawthorn: This herb is used to treat high blood pressure in China. Decoctions of the herb have health benefits such as reduction of blood pressure, controlling hypertension and blood circulation. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Munching foods like apples, pears, carrots or celery after brushing can help in preventing discoloration as they trigger tooth-bathing saliva which helps in keeping the teeth whiter.

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Ill Effects of Sodium Intake in Excess!

How to reduce sodium consumption through diet

Minerals and salts are important parts of our daily diets. These minerals play significant roles in the functioning of the human body but, if found in excess, they might adversely impact your health. One such mineral is sodium, which is abundant in most food sources.

Sodium is present in every food in the form of salt. Most forms of meat, canned vegetables and soup, junk food and pickles are some examples of food which are naturally high in sodium. Apart from this, any cooked food will have salt crystals within it. Medical research has shown that most people consume more sodium than what is recommended.

Ill Effects of Sodium Intake in Excess

  1. The most common problem caused by the excessive consumption of sodium is high blood pressure.
  2. High blood pressure, apart from being the cause of strokes can also affect internal organs like kidneys and cause renal failure over time.
  3. It can also be detrimental to the heart and be a contributing factor to heart conditions as well.

Here are some of the ways through which you can reduce sodium intake through changes in diet.

  • Increasing the intake of fruits within the diet - Inclusion of more fresh fruits in your diet will reduce the amount of sodium consumption. Canned and processed fruits may increase sodium consumption and hence should be reduced.
  • Changing to fresh unprocessed meats - Certain processed and packaged meats such as in snacks and fast foods should be avoided as they have high sodium content. Hence, consumption of fresh meat instead of processed meat is an effective way to reduce your daily sodium intake.
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Table of Content

Celery
Nutritional Value of Celery
Health Benefits of Celery
Lowers cholesterol level
Detoxification agent
Reduces blood pressure
Prevents urinary tract infections
Lowers arthritis pain
Boosts immune system
Prevents cancer
Reduce Asthma symptoms
Regulates fluid balance
Relieves migraines
Uses of Celery
Side-Effects & Allergies of Celery
Cultivation of Celery