Humble looking, yet so versatile. It can be a base for a quick snack (try it with peanut butter or hummus) or you can use it in stir fries, to make tasty vegetable soups and salads. I love using it as a base for my basic green juice.
It is 95% water which is why it is very popular with those trying to lose weight. Unlike some vegetables, celery retains most of its nutrients even if it is steamed.
Celery is incredibly low in calories, at the same time, it is worth its weight in fibre, which moves food through the digestive tract more quickly, and therefore helps lower your risk for colon cancer. It is very rich in vitamin K and also contains reasonable amounts of folate, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. It is rich in phytonutrient antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory properties.
There are multiple studies showing that celery can help protect your stomach’s lining and may stop the growth of unwanted gut bacteria that causes inflammation. Celery is a rich source of flavonoids like zeaxanthin, lutein, and betacarotene, which lowers inflammation as well as the risk of heart disease, enhances the immune system, and inhibits the growth of abnormal cancer-causing cells.
Celery seeds have been used as medicine for thousands of years in the Eastern world to fight colds and flu, poor digestion, arthritis, liver and spleen disorders. Pretty impressive, right?
I decided to try and grow more of my own veg this year. I found this post on how to grow your own celery. Looks so easy! I will definitely give it a go soon.