9. Backents Memory Loss
Recent research has thrown light on the memory loss-inhibiting effects of regular celery consumption. Our brain cells suffer inflammation with age, causing degeneration and reduced mental capacity.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Nutrition highlights that a diet rich in the plant compound luteolin reduces age-related inflammation in the brain and related memory problems by inhibiting the release of inflammatory molecules in the brain. Luteolin is a naturally occurring substance found in celery.
Furthermore, the chemical phthalide found in celery provides mental health benefits.
Start eating celery daily to keep the brain healthy and prevent serious diseases like Alzheimer’s.
10. Combats Cancer
If you needed any more reasons to incorporate celery into your daily diet, here is one you just cannot ignore.
A 2013 study published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal found the dietary flavonoids apigenin or luteolin, present in celery, to be effective in killing human pancreatic cancer cells.
In 2011, University of Missouri researchers also studied the effect of apigenin in women with breast cancer and established its role in inhibiting the cancer’s progression.
Hence, a stalk of celery a day might just save you from cancer.
Ways to Enjoy Celery Every Day
- Raw Celery: Consume 2 to 3 raw celery stalks daily. Many people enjoy them with some peanut butter. You can also add it in salads.
- Celery in Soup: Add 1 to 3 chopped celery stalks to a soup of your choice and enjoy it as a daily mid-morning snack.
- Celery Smoothie: Blend 3 celery stalks (chopped), 3 medium carrots (chopped), 1 medium broccoli head (chopped) and 1 gingerhead in a blender for 10 to 15 minutes. This recipe makes 10 to 11 ounces of juice. Drink a glass 20 minutes before breakfast every day, and store the rest.