Celery and Celeriac
Celery may have the power to give a boost to certain white blood cells. It contains coumarins, which can help keep lower blood pressure and may also be useful for migranes. There is some evidence that drinking celery juice after a workout may help you recover lost electrolytes. Celery is also a great source of fiber. Along with high levels of vitamin C, it is effective at detoxifying the body from chemicals that can increase the risks for cancer and other diseases. The tops of celery can also be an effective weapon against diabetes because it contains more magnesium in it than the stalks so eating celery whole can give a 1-2 punch to help combat diabetes.1-3,6
Celery may also be effective at battling rheumatism and other forms of arthritis as well as gout.2
Celery may also be effective at fighting off halitosis (bad breath) because of its fiber content. Carrots and Apples are also effective at this as well.2 Besides this, it is a great food to eat to combat dehydration since about 96% of Celery is actually water. Coconuts are great at helping you rehydrate as well.
Celery also contains luteolin, which is a chemical that has been linked to a reduced risk of developing age-related memory deficits and inflammation in the brain, which is the foundation of Alzheimer’s disease.4
One of the most interesting things about celery is that it may possibly increase the sexual attractiveness of males since it contains a pheromone precursor called androsterone.5
It should be noted that Celery and Celeriac are part of a group of foods that may cause an allergic reaction in some people. It is on par with peanuts in the potential severity of the allergic reaction it can create. However, the prevalence of the allergy is not really known yet. It may be linked with a birch pollen allergy and possibly a Zucchini allergy. Celery seeds contain a higher concentration of the allergen and celery spice may also have more of the allergen than the vegetable celery.7
- Kolarovic J, Popovic M, Mikov M, Mitic R, Gvozdenovic L. Protective effects of celery juice in treatments with Doxorubicin. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland). 2009;14(4):1627-1638.
- My Health News Daily. Myhealthnewsdaily.com. 6 Foods that are good for your brain. Located at http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/best-foods-brain-health-0975/5.
- The Dr. Oz Show
- Vieths S, Lüttkopf D, Reindl J, Anliker M, Wüthrich B, Ballmer-Weber B. Allergens in celery and zucchini. Allergy [serial online]. 2002;57 Suppl 72:100-105.