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Does Celery Help Cleanse the Body?

By Jill Corleone, RDN, LD

While celery does support overall good health, including the health of the organs responsible for ridding your body of toxic substances, it cannot cleanse your body. Your body's liver and kidneys naturally remove harmful substances from your blood and eliminate them in your urine, sweat and stool. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't eat celery. The low-cal crunchy vegetable offers many health benefits.

Why Eat Celery

One medium stalk of celery has just 6 calories, almost 1 gram of fiber and 15 percent of the daily value for vitamin K. It contains small amounts of a number of nutrients you need to stay healthy, including vitamins A, C and E, folate, potassium and manganese.

Celery also contains apiin, an antioxidant that may help scavenge the free radicals in your liver, kidneys, brain and lungs and promote the activity of natural enzymes in your body that also support your fight against the cell-damaging chemicals, according to study published in Food and Function in 2014.

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