Celery is a herb of exceptional healing properties, it can be bought everywhere at a very low cost, and yet it is not consumed nearly as well as it should. It is usually used only when cooking soups or stews, mostly for its pleasant aroma and taste, but rarely when in any other dish. And the possibilities for using these vegetables are endless. Besides, celery is very medicinal and that fact alone should make you put it into your daily diet, in its many combinations.
It was used as a food item by the ancient Romans and Greeks, as seen in ancient statues and records in which the god of the sea Poseidon is decorated with a wreath of celery. Celery was used as a medicine in ancient Egypt, and in the 17th century it was first used in Western culture as a spice and then as a fresh addition to various dishes.
The cure of celery
Celery stalk is the most healing part of the plant. greater contains only 10 calories and this is precisely why these vegetables are mentioned as an indispensable food in various diets. It can be eaten alone, raw, but also as a great spice to many dishes - sauces, salads, soups, sandwiches.
Celery is rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, which is why they rightly call it a body cleanser. It has a strong diuretic effect and helps with coughing, especially in respiratory tract infections. It is also used to treat and prevent various diseases because it is rich in Vitamin A and then Vitamin B, Vitamin C, E and K. In addition, it is rich in folic acid, potassium and calcium, and especially fibers that promote bowel emptying.
Although celery is rich in folic acid, it is not recommended for pregnant women as it has a strong abortive effect.
Because it is rich in flavonoid antioxidants, celery prevents cancer and keeps the eye healthy, which is also aided by Vitamin A. Coumarin is also responsible for preventing cancer in this food, but also because it is an alkaline food, it reduces the acidity of the body and thus predisposes to the disease. It especially protects against colon cancer, due to fiber that facilitates digestion and cleansing, and from breast cancer. Celery contains substances that can reduce bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, thereby reduces the possibility of diseases of the circulatory system and heart, which includes a heart attack.
Celery is rich in magnesium and essential oils which will reduce anxiety very quickly, which is why it is recommended for people who are under chronic stress as well as those who have insomnia. In this case, eat a fresh stem before going to sleep.
If you have problems with sore joints, suffer from frequent pneumonia or fight asthma, celery should consumed because of its great anti-inflammatory action. It also helps fight acne by acting on the inside and reducing inflammation. Raw celery is otherwise recommended for a variety of skin disorders because it helps to cleanse the body of toxins.
Fresh celery is full of water, which is why consuming moisturizes the skin and makes it fresher. For the same reason, it is also an excellent diuretic that alleviates and prevents various kidney diseases and urinary tract problems.
How to Choose Celery |
When buying celery we can come across different levels of quality. We are offered celery heads of various sizes, whether or not peeled, with or without stalks. That is why people who do not have experience with this food do not always know what is best to choose.
If you are buying celery root, rather, choose smaller balls. Too large celery balls inside can be hollow and too spongy. If you are buying celery in a stalk, choose harder and full celery stems as this means that it is fresh celery. The color should be brighter, but still green, by no means yellow, which means it has started to dry. Light green leaves are very aromatic for raw use.
Do not buy already cleaned, washed and chopped celery, because such has already lost all its nutritional and medicinal properties. All stems must be fresh, in no way dried or rotten. After purchase, you can store the stems in the fridge for up to a week and root for a few weeks.
How to store celery
Keep the celery root in the bark. Once the bark is cut off, the medium quickly oxidizes. To prevent this, coat it with lemon juice. From celery at the root you can cook soups, put in stews or bake. Green celery, on the other hand, is recommended to eat fresh and uncooked as it retains all its healing properties, and the utilization of vitamins and minerals is highest.It is best to mix it into a dish after it is over or just decorate the dish on a plate. So raw celery will have a great effect on your digestion.
From the celery of the thicker roots, you can make chives and eat them raw, dipped in various spreads like hummus or avocado spreads, or guacamole sauces. You can nibble on them to get the best nutritional properties. Such consumption is recommended as a snack or a healthy snack. The taste of celery is a little more spicy and will complement the taste of the dish, making it interesting. Now that you know all the healing properties of this vegetable, put it into your daily diet. Eat it in cooked meals, salads, but also alone, as a snack and enjoy its healing properties.
Author: V.B., Photo: Valentyn Volkov / Shutterstock