5 Amazing Health Benefits of Chewing Celery Sticks
Is celery good for you? Well yes. Celery (Apium graveolens) has a wide range of medicinal properties. You can use the leaves, roots and seeds to make different remedies and reap the maximum benefits. It can be ingested raw, cooked or even taken as a juice. A big part of its appeal comes from the fact that even though it is highly packed with nutrients and medicinal properties, it carries very little calories. Perfect snack!
Below is a list of the nutrients present in celery for every 100 grams taken:
- 20 Calories
- 2-3% Vitamin A, B, C.
- 60 mg Iron
- 316 mg Calcium
- 68 mg phosphorus
- 60 mg potassium
- 48 mg sodium
It also contains a good supply of vitamin k, copper and folate.
So is it good to eat celery sticks regularly? Yes! Unless you are pregnant, then it is a big no no.
People sometimes ask me, “How do you eat raw celery?” Well, Celery sticks are very crunchy and chewy, so people have a great time taking them as chew-able vegetable snacks. The stalk is abundant in minerals and fluid. So that is how I eat it, chew, crunch, chew :).
Five benefits of chewing raw celery stalks and seeds are:
1. Celery reduces High Cholesterol
Celery contain a compound called 3-n-butylphthalide that has cholesterol lowering effects. This is especially good for people with cardiovascular diseases because it has a lot of nutrients and very little cholesterol. Therefore, chewing on celery as a snack instead of having other cholesterol rich fatty foods.
2. Celery Reduces High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure means that the blood rushing though your blood vessels are exerting too much pressure on the walls of the vessels. This can be caused by contraction and narrowing of the blood vessel walls. The same compound 3-n-butylphthalide mentioned above also reduces high blood pressure by relaxing blood vessel wall muscles.
3. Celery Improves Congestive Heart Failure
The diuretic effect helps to lower blood pressure and protects people with congestive heart failure. The ability to lower cholesterol also helps to prevent clot formation in congestive heart failure patients.
4. Chewing Celery Improves Sex Drive
Apparently, chewing on celery sticks will improve your sex drive. This is because celery causes a release of hormones that improve sex drive (Androstenone and androstenol). Therefore it might be helpful for people with low androstenone and androstenol levels due to insufficient release of these hormones. Has this been your experience? Please comment below and let me know!
5. Celery Improves Gout Symptoms
Celery stimulates the kidneys to eliminate excess water and uric acid. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Since Gout includes water and uric acid retention and inflammation, celery is especially beneficial for gout patients.
I hope those five health benefits of celery sticks will get you to start chewing on your celery sticks daily. Remember that pregnant women are the exception to the above.
Will you start eating celery sticks now that you know these 5 amazing health benefits? Let me know in the comment section below. Also, you might be interested in reading our next article on the Health Benefits of Juicing Celery, Health Benefits of Celery Seeds and the Health Benefits of Celery Roots and Whole Celery Infusion next