Celery is a superfood that has been around since 850 B.C. It has been documented in ancient literatures. The Greeks considered this plant to be holy and were even worn by winners of Nemean Games (similar to the Olympic Games). It has been used by Ayurvedic physicians during ancient times to treat numerous ailments. They were even found in early Egyptian tombs.
Celery has been known under many names and under many uses as well. It was primarily used for healing and as a seasoning herb. It is believed that this super stalk was originally cultivated in the Mediteranean basin, although some of its wild relative are found in South America, China, Egypt, India and the British Isles. There are two varieties of celery, the Pascal which is mainly eaten raw and the Celeriac which is aromatic and gives flavor to cooked food. Do you know who the biggest producer of celery in the country? Read on to find out.
Just how super is celery? Well, aside from vitamin C and flavonoids, it has at least several other types of antioxidant nutrients such as furanocoumarins and dihydrostilbenoids. The Phenolic nutrient that celery contains has been shown to provide anti-inflammatory benefits and also prevent oxygen damage to our cells and blood vessels. It also contains a pectin based and non-starch polysaccharides that gives a special benefit to the stomach.
Celery has a very high water content, including insoluble fibers that helps the digestive system and prevent constipation.
Luteolin, a certain flavonoid found in celery has the ability to deter the growth of cancer cells particularly in the pancreas. Taking celery regularly could delay the development of cancer cell in the breast.
Celery contains an element known as butylphthalide which not only gives scent and flavor to this stalk, but also decreases bad cholesterol level in the body.
Chew on some celery stalks to boost sexual urge the natural way. Thanks to androstenol and androstenone, the two pheromones present in celery.
Taking celery leaves can treat diabetic conditions because of their high fiber content.
For weight watchers, celery is the best pick as it contains very little calorie.
Because of its diuretic properties, it helps in eliminating uric acid, which makes it great for people with kidney and bladder problems. It stimulates urination and assist in thwarting urinary tract infections in women.
Celery has a rare side effect. It can cause allergic reactions to people who are sensitive to psoralens, a natural pesticide produced by celery against fungi, resulting to skin irritations. Generally, it is safe even for pregnant and nursing women.
As for the biggest celery producer in the country, the answer is California!
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