We’ve had our Fruit of the Month, now let’s have our Vegetable of the Month: the Celery!

The celery has always been one of the most widely-promoted vegetables, because it is certainly a power-packed vegetable. That tiny green stalk has more benefits in it than some vegetables as a whole.

There are so many health benefits to the celery that this blog may not be enough to list them all out; so we are just including some of the major benefits, which include:

  1. Zero calories. In fact, some studies have suggested that celery has negative calories – meaning that it takes more calories to consume celery than the amount of calories it has. Celery is a great addition to a diet plan for people looking to lose weight.
  2. Reduces indigestion. Celery helps improve bowel movement, and reduces constipation.
  3. Anti-cancer properties. The celery is packed full of antioxidants, which are able to reduce free radicals which causes cancer.
  4. Reduces severity of asthma. This is also due to the reduction of free radicals.
  5. Reduces blood pressure and cholestrol. If you suffer from high blood pressure, the celery is a great vegetable to take, as it can reduce blood pressure the natural way.
  6. Prevents urinary tract infection. Celery has diuretic effects which helps you expel water. It has also been used in some countries to treat urinary tract infection.
  7. Relief from migraines. Celery has been found to help ease the pain of migraine sufferers.
  8. Treats gout. Due to its alkaline nature, celery is able to treat gout, which is due to an accummulation of uric acid.
  9. Controls blood sugar levels. Celery is able to control blood glucose levels, which makes a great food for diabetics.
  10. Helps calms the nerves. The high calcium content in celery helps calms the nerves.
  11. Cures fungal infection. Celery is widely used home remedy for fungal infection.
  12. Preserves brain health. Studies have suggested that celery prevents brain plaques and tangles that causes Alzheimer’s disease.

Celery can be eaten raw on its own, in salads, and even juiced or blended. Celery can also be cooked in various dishes and soups.

If you haven’t already added celery to your regular diet plan, it’s time to do so!

Sze Yen

A note of caution: Celery can cause severe allergic reactions in certain people. Also, because of its powerful properties, celery has to be used with caution including people with kidney problems, or those with low blood pressure. Please check with your doctor if you are in doubt.

This article first appeared on Surya Yoga’s blog at Vegetable of the Month: Celebrating the Celery.