Celery is a superfood.

Celery is a super-low-calorie food with some incredible micronutrients hidden within. A stalk is 95% water with some beneficial fibre and almost no carbs. there's just 1g of net carbs per stick, so it's ideal on a low-sugar ketogenic diet.

  • Gout reduction.
  • Lowering of cholesterol.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Weight loss.
  • Cancer prevention.
  • Hormonal health.
  • Gut health.

Celery from good soil is a great source of potassium, 3 stalks would yield an impressive 500mg, which is way more than a banana. Celery is rich in various bioactive molecules including flavonoids, phenolic acids, furocoumarins, terpenoids, and pthalides. Several studies have reported a wealth of benefits from these bioactive molecules, such as antioxidative and anti-cancer effects.

Here are the main benefits of eating celery.

  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Reduces gout.
  • Long been used in ancient medicine.
  • Aids weight loss.
  • Improves kidney health and reduces kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent cancer.
  • Aids digestion and gut bacteria health.
  • Organic celery is pesticide free.

Chew celery to widen your arteries.

Celery contains endogenous nitrates. These nitrates are broken down by bacteria in our mouths into nitrites, a precursor of nitric oxide which acts as the body's main vasodilator. Vasodilation is where our blood vessels expand. Nitrates are absorbed by the salivary glands and concentrated in the oral cavity and partially reduced to nitrite, a process that involves anaerobic bacteria found in the deep clefts on the surface of the tongue. This is an alternative pathway to the L-arginine route for nitric oxide generation. Commercial mouthwashes can kill our oral microbiota.

Do you burn more calories eating celery than it contains?

Celery tops many lists of negative energy balance foods due to its high fibre and low caloric content. It's often claimed that eating celery burns more calories than it contains, but the truth is a little more complicated. A large stalk has around 10 calories, of which only 6 calories get converted by the body. Celery is a great food to help with satiety (or feeling full).

Whilst salted celery sticks taste great, celery should really be combined with nutrient-dense foods such as homemade dips, cheese, dairy, salads, meats and nuts.

NPB for the treatment of neurologic diseases.

3-N-butylphthalide (NBP) is found in celery oil. It has many health benefits including reconstructing microcirculation, protecting mitochondrial function, inhibiting oxidative stress, and inhibiting neuronal apoptosis (the loss of brain cells).

Celery contains apigenin.

Apigenin has been found to increase StAR gene expression and steroid creation. It also plays a role in cancer prevention. The drop in testosterone in older men is linked to a decrease of a protein synthesised in the testes. This StAR protein is called the steroidogenic acute regulatory protein. StAR has also been found in all tissues that can produce steroids, including the ovaries, adrenal cortex and the brain. Recent findings suggest that StAR may also move cholesterol in the liver as an important first step in the production of bile acids by the liver.

In conclusion.

Celery is rich in nutrients and has some incredible bioactive compounds. It tastes great and can be eaten raw or cooked. Celery has a very low glycemic index and it's perfect for the ketogenic lifestyle. There has been a recent social media push for celery juicing, but this strips out the fibre and it ignores the fact that celery is a delicious food that can be enjoyed with many nutrient-rich foods.


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How to eat celery

Celery and carrot sticks should be eaten daily as as snack.

  • With a dip (but be careful and make your own nutritious dips, such as flavoured mayonnaise, guacamole, cream cheese & chive, hummus, blue cheese dip, sweet potato dip, salsa etc).  Don't buy supermarket dips as they are nutrient void and full of sugar.
  • Sprinkle wet stalks with sea salt.
  • Fill the stalk with tuna mayo or egg mayo.
  • Chop into salads.
  • Chop into stews.
  • Celery soup.
  • Dip into fondue.
  • Stir fry with ginger, garlic, soy sauce  and chillies.