Read on to discover the many health benefits of celery... Celery juice packs a powerhouse of vital nutrition!
Celery is an unassuming vegetable often prized more for its crunch or its role in mirepoix than for its nutritional benefits, but celery has a lot going for it health-wise.
Some of the benefits of juicing celery:
Vitamin K for Blood & Bones
The vegetable is rich in vitamin K, with one raw stalk providing as much as 23% of the recommended daily intake. Many people are aware that vitamin K is critical for blood clotting—nose bleeds, heavy menstrual bleeding, easy bruising and anemia are some of the signs of a vitamin K deficiency—but what may be less widely known is that vitamin K also plays a number of roles with regard to calcium in the body.
It’s vital, for instance, for growing and maintaining strong bones and teeth and warding off osteoporosis. The Gla protein osteocalcin, which is directly responsible for bone density, requires vitamin K in order to function. Without vitamin K-carboxylated osteocalcin, calcium is actually excreted from bones and teeth.
Vitamin K keeps other critical minerals in the bones as well by regulating the production of osteoclasts. Osteoclasts are special bone cells that pull minerals from the surface of bones to make them available for other bodily functions—a necessity to some extent, but devastating to your bones if it gets out of hand. Vitamin K keeps your system from being overrun with osteoclasts.
Celery’s showcase vitamin can also prevent or reduce the build-up of calcium in arteries. Calcification of arteries can lead to atherosclerosis, which has been implicated in heart attacks and stroke.
In addition the boost of vitamin K, celery juice is very alkalizing, which helps to balance the body’s pH. Alkalizing foods can lower your risk of chronic disease, increase your energy levels and help your body help you to better control your weight.
unique smell of celery is the result of plant hormones and essential oils that
can have a calming effect on your nervous system by reducing the number of
stress hormones in your blood. This same property can reduce blood pressure
through a “vasorelaxant” effect: the 3-n-butylphthalide found in celery acts to
relax the smooth muscle cells in your arteries. Relaxed arteries are less constricted
and therefore provide more room for blood to flow.
Celery juice is a rich source of the phytonutrient luteolin, which prevents activation of the pathway that switches on inflammation in the brain and inhibits production of TNF-alpha, a direct cause of inflammation. These effects provide can relief for sufferers of arthritis, gout, bronchitis and other inflammatory conditions, and celery juice is often taken daily for these benefits.
In addition to these benefits, daily doses celery juice, on its own or mixed with other healthful juices, can help flush toxins from your body, regulate your body temperature, reduce a fever and prevent the formation of kidney stones. Celery is also a source of folate (folic acid), vitamin A, potassium, molybdenum, vitamin C, manganese and calcium.
all of this to recommend it—and no danger of overdosing on it—why not add a
stalk or two to your next juice? You will soon be reaping the benefits of celery!
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