Remember how delicious dipping a celery stalk into peanut butter was as a kid?  Little did we know how healthful this long and green fibrous stalk of vegetable was at the time.

Celery is mostly fiber and water.  By weight, celery is 1.6 percent dietary fiber and 95 percent water.  It’s an excellent source of vitamin C.  Celery also provides the minerals potassium, calcium, molybdenum, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron, as well as the B vitamins thiamine, niacin, folate, and B6.  One raw stalk (7.5 inches long) of celery contains 6 calories, 1.5 grams of carbohydrate, 0.3 grams of protein, 0.1 grams fat and 0.7 grams of dietary fiber.  Celery also provides some trace nutrients, including the male hormone androstenone and apiol, a substance that appears to affect the female hormonal system and was at one time used to induce miscarriage of unwanted pregnancies.

Health benefits of celery

  • The phthalides in celery help it to enhance flavour and richness in other foods, even when its own taste is overpowered. These compounds also help arteries to dilate, in turn allowing blood to flow and reducing blood pressure
  • Celery has been shown to contain 8 families of anti-cancer compounds. Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells, and coumarins, the best known of which is the anti-coagulant warfarin, which help free radicals from damaging cells and prevent the development of stomach and colon cancers. Others, such as auraptene, have been shown in animal studies to help prevent cancers of the skin, tongue, esophagus, liver, and colon

Fat loss benefits

  • Celery is an example of a miracle vegetable that is not only good for your health but also improves the speed of your metabolism. It’s pretty much unarguable that having a cheeseburger or crisps for a snack is more appetizing for most of us than a stick of celery. But consider this -because it speeds up your metabolism, eating celery will help you lose fat faster than not having it at all! A faster metabolism means more calories are burned no matter what you’re doing
  • Celery juice is also the perfect post workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates your body with its rich mineral content