26 October, 2011
Nutritional Benefits of Celery Hearts
Celery hearts are the tender parts of the celery stalk. Many people trim the leaves and the base off a bunch of celery; they cook or prepare only the hearts. Celery hearts can be chopped or sliced and added to salads and soups. They also provide a simple, low-calorie snack that's high in fiber. Celery hearts provide a variety of health benefits, but always consult your doctor prior to using celery to treat any serious medical conditions.
Blood Pressure Reduction
Celery hearts contain compounds called phthalides. These compounds have a relaxing affect on the arteries; in turn, they allow blood to flow at a lower pressure. Phthalides also help lower stress hormones and calm the central nervous system, leading to lower blood pressure. A serving of four stalks per day can have a significant impact on blood pressure levels, providing a natural approach to hypertension management.
Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Celery is very high in potassium, magnesium and calcium; they help support the nervous system and control stress levels. The potassium in celery hearts has a diuretic effect on the body, which helps you maintain proper fluid balance. It's rich in vitamin C, which supports healthy immune system function and helps your body fight infections.
Celery hearts offer anti-inflammatory properties that reduce any existing swelling or inflammation, so celery can be used to ease conditions such as rheumatism and gout. The diuretic properties of celery hearts also help prohibit the build-up of uric acid around the joints, which prevents further inflammation and supports healthy joints function.
The phthalides and polyacetylenes in celery hearts help detoxify the body of carcinogens, or cancer-causing chemicals. If carcinogens build up in your body, you'll have a higher risk of developing cancer. Eating celery hearts helps rid your body of these harmful chemicals. Celery hearts also contain coumarins, which help support white blood cell functions. Both of these factors contribute to the prevention of various cancers by detoxifying the body and supporting proper immune system function.
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