FoodCelery: The versatile veg that aids weight loss and combats diseases

Celery: The versatile veg that aids weight loss and combats diseases

Soup with celery is not only tasty, but also healthy.
Soup with celery is not only tasty, but also healthy.
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6:32 PM EST, January 10, 2024

Celery, like carrot and parsley, belongs to the celery family. This vegetable is a versatile addition in the kitchen. It can be used in salads, coleslaws, soups, stews, and healthy beverages.

An interesting culinary experiment is to utilize the celery root to make delicious fries, puree, cutlets, marinade and even a healthy tea. Apart from its distinct flavor, celery is packed with nutrients such as vitamins A, B6, C and K, iodine, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, calcium, as well as compounds like luteolin, apigenin, kaempferol, and chlorogenic and ferulic acids. These components impart celery with a range of health properties, including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-allergic, antioxidant, antispasmodic and diuretic.

Regular consumption of celery enhances the function of the immune and cardiovascular systems, lowers the risk of diabetes and inflammation, speeds up metabolism, improves digestion, and alleviates constipation. It stimulates production of thyroid hormones, aiding in the treatment of thyroid disorders. The high dietary fiber content of celery stimulates bowel function, cleanses residual waste from the digestive system, and promotes a sense of fullness for extended periods.

Being low in calories, celery aids in burning excess fat, making it a helpful dietary component for those trying to lose weight or combat obesity. This vegetable is also a rich source of antioxidants, which guard against cancers, harmful free radicals, and slow down the body's natural aging process. Regular consumption of celery also improves memory, has a neuroprotective effect and supports muscle health.

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