Celery: January 2012 Food Focus


Celery may be called a “negative calorie food” but it certainly is not lacking in nutritional value!

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Excerpted from HealthDiaries.com

Celery is often called a “negative calorie food” but it certainly isn’t lacking in nutrition. The high amounts of vitamin C in celery promote a healthy immune system. Celery contains pthalides, which have been shown to lower blood pressure by relaxing the muscles around the arteries. The pthalides in celery may also lower cholesterol.

Celery contains coumarins which have been shown to be effective in the prevention of cancer.

Diuretic… Celery has been used as a diuretic for centuries. Its diuretic effect comes from its balance of potassium and sodium which helps to flush out excess fluid from the body.

Inflammation… Celery is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with ailments attributed to inflammation such as arthritis.

Diet Aid… Celery will not directly cause you to lose weight, but it is a great aid in weight loss because it is very low in calories and has a lot of filling fiber.

Visit HealthyDiaries: 7 Benefits of Celery, 25 Facts about Celery.

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