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Celery, Apium graveolens / Umbelliferae
Benefits for the health
Celery is a source of vitamin C: two stalks provide approximately 15% of the daily recommended intake for vitamin A and approximately 15% for vitamin C. The anti-oxidant properties of vitamin C are well-known, as well as its ability to protect against many types of cancer. Celery is also a source of potassium and carotene vitamin A, although white celery does not contain much vitamin A. In variable proportions, celery contains flavonoids depending on the variety and type of crop. Flavonoids have an anti-oxidant effect protecting against cancer and there are indications that it inhibits arteriosclerosis and thrombosis. Herbalists have used celery forever to treat different pains. It is famous for its diuretic effects and helps infections in the urinary tract, bladder and also those that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
Popular tradition
Celery is principally made up of water and due to its low caloric values, it is a vegetable recommended in slimming diets, and also helps take away the feeling of hunger. It’s consumption is also indicated for lack of appetite and slow digestive systems. Its carbohydrate content is low, and because of this can be included in the diets for diabetics.

Celery is also traditionally considered as a remedy for nervousness, as it has been proven that the essential oil contains calming agents. Other beneficial properties of the essential oil of celery are that it has mucolytic, laxative and choleretic actions that facilitate the elimination of liquids and stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which facilitates digestion and the use of the proteins.

Furthermore, celery contains important nutrients for the health of the skin, eyes and hair. And they say that eating celery stimulates the sexual glands – so it is an aphrodisiac!
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