High blood pressure is a common health condition nowadays. It occurs when the pressure in the arteries is higher than it should be. While most doctors prescribe powerful hypertension drugs that cause numerous side effects, there is a simple way to reduce blood pressure and balance cholesterol levels, and it doesn’t come in a bottle. Having a glass of celery juice might be one of the best things you can do for your body.
This vegetable belongs to the Umbelliferae family and is highly nutritious. It can be found in two varieties, white and green. Celery can grow up to 16 inches, and its ribs are crunchy and salty.
Celery is a rich source of fiber, and its leaves are plentiful with vitamin A. Also, the stems are rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, phosphorus, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, and numerous essential amino acids. Eating or juicing just four stalks of celery a day prompts a decrease in both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It improves the flow of calcium and potassium in cells, allowing blood vessels to expand and contract with greater ease.
Here’s what a glass of raw celery (about 100grams) contains:
- 16.2 calories
- 3.5 grams carbohydrates
- 0.7 gram protein
- 0.2 gram fat
- 1.6 grams fiber
- 40.4 milligrams calcium (4 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram riboflavin (3 percent DV)
- 11.1 milligrams magnesium (3 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram manganese (5 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram vitamin B6 (4 percent DV)
- 29.6 micrograms vitamin K (37 percent DV)
- 453 international units (9 percent DV)
- 263 milligrams potassium (8 percent DV)
- 3.1 milligrams vitamin C (5 percent DV)
- 36.5 micrograms folate (9 percent DV)
Celery possesses powerful antioxidant characteristics to remove free radicals in the body. Consuming antioxidant foods potentially decreases the risk of getting cancer. It contains at least 8 families of anti-cancer compounds, including acetylenic, which stop the growth of tumor cells, phenolic acids, which inhibit the action of prostaglandins that stimulate the growth of tumor cells, and coumarins which prevent free radical damage.
Since celery is rich in vital nutrients like vitamins A, B, C, K, folate, and niacin, it can aid in collagen production and provide deep nourishment to the skin. So it also has anti-ageing properties.
The polyacetylene in celery fights inflammation and treats rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma, and bronchitis.
A study found that using an extract of celery seed helped balance glucose and insulin levels and improve weight. Starting off your day with a glass of celery juice is a great way to fire up your digestive system and give you the energy you need.