The Superfood You Don't Hear About: Celery and Its Benefits
A superfood is a food that has a lot of health benefits.
I’ve found that typically exotic or more tropical foods are labeled as super foods, but I rarely find more commonly found foods labeled as ‘superfoods’ even if they are packed with antioxidants.
Would you agree?
Here is why I’m calling celery a superfood:
Celery has been known to benefit the skin, eyes, cones, and so much more! In fact, it’s a good source of:
vitamin K: important for healthy bones and healthy blood clotting
vitamin A: supports healthy organs, and a healthy vision, immune, and reproductive system
molybdenum and vitamin B2: help support your' body’s energy supply
copper: is vital and supports a healthy immune system, red blood cell formation and more
vitamin C: a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce the risk of chronic disease especially heart disease and high blood pressure
vitamin B6: supports a healthy mood, as well as, brain function and development
calcium: keeps bones, muscles and blood clot formation healthy
phosphorus: every single cell in the body needs this to normally function
folate: Pregnant women need folate, but so do women who are not pregnant and men. Folate for people who are not pregnant supports healthy energy and formation of red and white blood cells
potassium: very important for the body to regulate fluids, and perform functions like healthy muscle contraction and nerve signal.
magnesium: supports healthy bones and the function of many body parts
dietary fiber: supports a healthy digestive system. It also protects against illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.
manganese: a strong antioxidant that is beneficial when consumed in healthy amounts. Manganese seems to reduce the risk of many diseases.
pantothenic acid: supports our metabolism
Wow! That’s a lot of benefits, right? Yep, definitely a superfood if you ask me. Not to mention that celery is made up of over 90% water and has so few calories that it takes ‘negative calories’ to enjoy it. That means chewing celery burns more calories than what you are receiving from actually eating the celery. This sounds great for weight loss if you ask me!
Anyways, I’ve put celery in smoothies, raw meals and cooked meals. It’s also a great food for snacks. Celery juice is also an option.
Celery juice is full of antioxidants and has also been said to help support a healthy gut, blood pressure, heart disease, and cholesterol levels.