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  • 10 Health Benefits of Celery
    The scientific name of celery is Apiumgraveolens. This green vegetable belongs to the Apiaceae plant family. The health benefits of celery are due to the excellent sources of beneficial enzymes and antioxidants. Celery is loaded with essential minerals and vitamins such as folate, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin K. The nutritional values and health benefits of celery have been well studied and this vegetable has been used in culinary and folk medicine for centuries. Regular consumption of celery can help protect cardiovascular health. Moreover, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of celery make it become an ideal food for patients with high cholesterol levels and blood pressure, as well as heart disease. Celery also has numerous amazing benefits for skin, liver, eye and cognitive health. Nutritional Values and Health Benefits of Celery Every part of celery, including the stalks, seeds, and leaves are edible and are rich in nutrients. Celery leaves are often added to soups and stir-fries. Celery seeds present in different forms such as whole seed, ground and extract can give you beneficial health benefits. Crushed celery seeds can be used as a spice. Apiol, an oily compound in celery seeds, contributes to a distinctive flavor and many medicinal uses. Celery is loaded with vitamin B6, calcium, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, folate, vitamin K, fiber, and protein. Here are 10 health benefits of celery: Lowers Inflammation Celery is loaded with polysaccharides and antioxidants. The antioxidants have the ability to cure free-radical damage that contributes to inflammation. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or arthritis are caused by inflammation. Celery has a dozen types of beneficial antioxidants such as ferulic acid, caffeicacid, and quecetin. Celery is an effective home remedy for a wide range of inflammatory conditions, including liver and kidney infections, bout, joint pain, irritable bowel syndrome, skin disorders and urinary tract infections. Reduces High Cholesterol Regular consumption of celery is effective in reducing high cholesterol. You can add celery to your diet to help protect and improve heart health. 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh), a unique compound present in celery, has alipid-lowering effect. Taking celery supplements can reduce lipoprotein cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglyceride concentration. Treats High Blood Pressure High blood pressure may increase the risk of coronary heart disease that results in mortality. Fortunately, there are a number of home remedies and natural treatments for high blood pressure. Celery seed extracts can treat high blood pressure because of their anti-hypertensive properties. Celery is loaded with potassium and calcium. And the muscle relaxant effect of celery can help to control blood pressure. Celery extract can improve your overall heart health. Prevents Liver Diseases Celery is an ideal liver cleansing food. Regular consumption of celery can help protect kidney health and prevent liver diseases. Celery is high in vitamin C, B, and A and iron. Containing diuretic properties, celery can remove toxins, wastes, and contaminants from your body. Aids in Weight Loss Celery is included in a list of foods for weight loss because it’s low in calories. Regular consumption of celery, one of my superfoods can provide essential minerals, vitamins, and vital nutrients. It boosts lipid metabolism and is rich in electrolytes, antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins and vitamin C. Fights Infections Celery seeds contain antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and has been used to fight infections for centuries. The use of celery extract fights bacterial infections, improves the immune system and inhibits bacterial growth. Cures Bloating and Improves Digestion The diuretic effect of celery brings a number of digestive benefits. Eating celery can treat water retention, relieve bloating and boost digestion. Celery is effective in reducing blood pressure because it contains anti-hypertension properties. Reduces the Risk of Urinary Tract Infections Celery has the ability to boost urine production and decrease uric acid; therefore, eating celery on a regular basis can help prevent bacterial infections within the digestive tract and reproductive organs. Like cranberries, celery is an effective home remedy for bladder disorders, urinary tract infections, kidney problems and cysts on the reproductive organs. Keeps Cancer at Bay Celery is one of the cancer-protective vegetables that also include fennel, carrots, parsnips, and parsley. Celery contains polyacetylenes that are chemoprotective compounds. Polyacetylenes can remove toxins and help prevent cancer formation, especially intestinal cancer, breast cancer and leukemia. Polyacetylenes boost the immune system and inhibit the growth of cancer tumor. Moreover, polyacetylenes are well-known for its bioactivities such as antiplatelet-aggregatory, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antibacterial and cytotoxic properties. Prevent Ulcers Regular consumption of celery can help prevent and treat painful ulcers. A special type of ethanol extract in celery is effective in preventing the formation of ulcers in the lining of the digestive tract. Celery contains tannins, flavonoids, alkaloids and volatile oils that are beneficial chemical constituents in celery. These chemical constituents have the ability to nourish the colon, stomach, and intestines. 3 Ways To Eat Celery/Celery Recipes  Here are some of my favorite recipes that include celery: Fresh Apple-Celery Energy Juice Ingredients 3-4 celery stalks, including leaves 1/2 green apple 1 inch ginger root 1/2 bunch parsley, including stems 1/2 lemon, including skin Instructions: Feed all ingredients into a juicer. Drink immediately. Celery -Parmesan Salad Source: Food Network Ingredients 1/2 cup good olive oil 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons) 2 tablespoons minced shallots 1 teaspoon celery seed 1/2 teaspoon celery salt 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 5 cups thinly sliced celery hearts, tender leaves included, sliced on an angle (about 12 stalks) 4-ounce chunk aged Parmesan cheese 2/3 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped Whole flat-leaf parsley leaves Instructions At least 1 hour before you plan to serve the salad, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, the shallots, celery seed, celery salt, anchovy paste, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Place the celery in a mixing bowl and toss it with the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. (Even though these ingredients are in the dressing, believe me-this step makes a difference.) Add enough dressing to moisten well. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the celery to crisp and the flavors to develop. When ready to serve, arrange the celery on a platter, shave the Parmesan onto the celery with a vegetable peeler, then sprinkle with walnuts, parsley leaves, salt, and pepper and serve immediately. Tropical Smoothie With Celery Source: Real Simple Ingredients 2 cups frozen pineapple 2 cups peeled cucumber 1 cup celery, chopped 1 tbsp fresh basil 2 tsp lime juice 1 cup water pinch salt 1/2 cup ice Instructions: Blend all ingredients in a high power blender until smooth. Serve immediately. Frequently Asked Questions About Celery Q. Will celery lower blood pressure? A. There are several studies that show celery may help to lower blood pressure. In clinical trials, celery leaf extract helped to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and VLDL levels in participants. Several animal studies also show celery, celery seed, and celery leaf extract to have a positive impact on blood pressure. (1, 2, 3) Q. Will celery cause gas? A. Raw celery may cause some excess gas. Cooking it slightly as well as chewing thoroughly may help to reduce this effect. Q. Will celery help me poop? A.  Celery contains a good amount of insoluble fiber which helps to keep things in the digestive system moving along. Celery will most likely help you poop if you are struggling with constipation, as well as other fiber-rich foods. Q. Can celery be frozen? A. Celery can be frozen but it will likely not be as crisp as fresh celery when thawed. If you want to save celery for cooking in soups, this is a good option. If you want crispy raw celery than you should buy it fresh. Q. Are celery leaves edible? A. Yes, celery leaves are edible. In fact they have many health benefits people don’t know about. Celery leaves contain good amounts of calcium, vitamin E, magnesium and iodine. If you consume the leaves as well as the stock you will be getting significantly more nutrients than if you only eat the stalk. Q. Where is celery grown? A. Celery grows wild in wet climates like Europe. It is also farmed throughout the world and grows well in many different warm climates as long as it has rich soil, plenty of water and shade from the sun. You can even grow celery in pots on a patio or porch as long as they stay moist. Q. Which part of celery do we eat? A. The entire celery plant is edible, although most people only eat the stalks. Q. Will celery grow back? A. You can grow new celery from the base of a used stalk. Simply put the base in a shallow cup of water and put it on a window seal, adding more water as needed. Within a few days you should see new celery stalks begin to grow from the base. Q. Can celery be eaten raw? A. Yes, celery can be eaten raw. Raw vegetables can be more difficult to digest for some people, so if you experience excess gas or digestive discomfort try cooking them slightly before consuming. Conclusion Celery is a simple and affordable vegetable that comes with a plethora of health benefits. Healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. I hope you enjoyed our post about celery. Comment below if you have any questions or comments! References https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4469955/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23735001 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4717468/     Share20KTweetPin3KShare+1Share23K SharesThe post 10 Health Benefits of Celery appeared first on Ask Dr Nandi. Read more »
  • Yoga to Improve Sleep
    Child’s Pose (Balasana) Start on your knees and rest chest and belly on one or two stacked pillows. Knees should be wide apart and big toes are touching. Rest right ear on the pillow. Close eyes and relax the jaw and belly. Arms rest at the sides of pillows. Focus attention on breathing. Rest for 45-60 seconds. Repeat on other side. Locust Pose (Salabhasana) Begin in the Plank Pose and inhale while lowering to belly. Clasp hands behind back. Exhale and push tops of feet into floor. Inhale. Life chest and arms. Look forward. Hold pose for 30-40 seconds. Exhale. Repeat 3 times. When releasing, push back to a Downward-Facing Dog. Head to Knee Pose (Janu Sursasana) Sit on floor without slouching. Extend legs straight. Bend right knee and open hip. Bring sole of right foot into inner left thigh. Press right knee towards the ground. You can use a cushion if the knee doesn’t reach the floor. Inhale and lengthen the spine. Exhale when bending forward from hips over left leg. Keep spine and neck long. Place hands on either side of the left leg. Gaze at big toe of left foot. Focus on the breath. Hold for 30-40 seconds. Repeat on either side. Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana) Sit on floor with straight back. Bring soles of feet together in front. Hands hold the feet or ankles. Bring feet as close to groin as possible without pain and slouching. Inhale and lengthen spine. Exhale and bend forward from hips. Keep spine long. Breathe in and out as muscles relax. Hold for 12-15 breaths. Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend Pose (Upavistha Konasana) Sit on floor with straight back. Straighten legs in a “V”. Place hands behind butt for balance. Only go as wide before you feel pain. Inhale. Lengthen spine. Lower back should not round. Exhale. Bend forward from hips. Place hands in front. Focus on breaths. Lengthen spine when inhaling and relax forward with exhaling. 12-15 breaths.   The post Yoga to Improve Sleep appeared first on Ask Dr Nandi. Read more »
  • Vegan “Corned Beef and Cabbage”
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The mustard seeds in the brown mustard can help lower blood pressure and assist in red blood cell formation. Plus, mustard seeds have a high selenium content that can help improve bone strength. Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Ingredients “Corned Beef”: 12 oz. tempeh 1 1/2 cup vegetable stock 1 1/2 Tbsp tamari 1 1/2 tsp spicy brown mustard 3/4 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder 3/4 tsp ground coriander 3/4 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp fine sea salt 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper 6-8 whole cloves 3 bay leaves Cabbage: 4 Tbsp avocado oil 2 medium carrots, peeled, sliced into “half moons” 5 cups shredded cabbage 1/2 tsp onion powder Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Instructions In a medium mixing bowl and all the marinade ingredients. Combine well. Set aside. Using a large zip-top bag, place tempeh in it and add marinade. Make sure the tempeh is completely covered with marinade and place in fridge. Leave overnight. Remove from fridge and slice tempeh into 12 slices. In a Dutch oven on medium-low heat, place slices at bottom and cover with marinade. Simmer for 25-30 minutes. Remove tempeh and set aside. Rinse out Dutch oven. Using Dutch oven again on medium-low heat, add avocado oil, onion powder, carrots and cabbage. Allow to cook for 5-7 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste. Stir well. (if cabbage is sticking to bottom, add 3-4 Tbsp of water and stir) Cook for 5-7 more minutes. Stir occasionally. When carrots and cabbage are softening, lower heat all the way down. Place tempeh on top of cabbage. Cover Dutch oven. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Cabbage should be soft and wilted. Enjoy warm. Did you make this recipe? Tag @ASKDRNANDI on Instagram and hashtag it #HEALTHHERO The post Vegan “Corned Beef and Cabbage” appeared first on Ask Dr Nandi. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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