March has been deemed National Nutrition Month to remind us to make better, more informed food choices. National Nutrition Month also encourages us to develop positive eating and physical activity habits. In honor of this healthy month, let’s take a look at March’s veggie of the month, celery. Though celery might have a bad rap as a boring veggie option, it offers as many health benefits. For ways to jazz it up, think about using them for Ants on a Log! Hummus! Dips! But how is celery good for you? Let’s take a look at 5 reasons.
Reason #1: It is High in Fiber
Celery is full of insoluble and soluble fiber, which is good for lowering cholesterol. It also keeps your digestive tract healthy and your bowel movements regular. Fiber is also known to lower blood sugar, help maintain a healthy weight, and may help you live longer.
Reason #2: It is Packed With Antioxidants and Phytonutrients
Celery is full of antioxidants, which protect your cells from oxidative damage. One stalk contains twelve different antioxidants including Vitamin C, flavanoids, selinine, kaempferol, and limonene. Celery is also packed with phytonutrients that help reduce inflammation throughout the body. Reducing inflammation in the body is important for fighting off various cancers, autoimmune diseases, and most other diseases.
Reason #3: It Contains Vitamins and Minerals That Provide Many Benefits
Celery contains a variety of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, K, and C. It also provides minerals including potassium, folate, iron, sodium, and magnesium which are critical in helping your body function. Some studies suggest that celery extract may help with the following medical conditions:
- liver disease and jaundice
- urinary tract obstruction
- rheumatic disorders
- psoriasis and other skin disorders