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How to Improve Your Health By Consuming Celery

By Brandi Swieter

Many kids know the treat as ants on a log, a celery stick topped with peanut butter and raisins. This healthy snack is far more beneficial than one might think, with the celery alone containing many components that are ideal for improving health. Anyone looking to improve their health through nutrition should consume more celery regularly for the added nutrients.

Celery Lowers Cholesterol

Heart health is in part dependent on cholesterol levels. Bad cholesterol in the body, known as LDL, can be reduced by eating foods rich in phthalides. Celery contains these components, ensuring cholesterol levels get lowered, blood pressure gets reduced, and arteries remain unclogged. The cardiovascular system as a whole greatly benefits from the consumption of this fruit.

Celery Reduces Inflammatory Conditions

Thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties within it, along with the extra Vitamin C, celery can help reduce certain inflammatory conditions. Asthma is one of these problems that can be reduced by regular celery consumption as inflammation of the lungs is primarily what causes exacerbated symptoms.

Celery Relieves Migraines

Celery contains coumarins that can help to suppress nitric oxide. This helps to relieve migraines and tension headaches, as a buildup of nitric oxide is what often causes the pressure. People can even purchase celery in oil form to help alleviate headaches and even joint pain.

Celery Aids in Weight Loss

People often use celery as a food for weight loss because it contains plenty of water and a few calories. It doesn’t have to be eaten plain, either. Heat it up and add it to soups, salads, pasta dishes and more for added benefits. With the insoluble fiber and high water content, celery is also easily digested. This makes for yet another reason it’s ideal for losing weight as it doesn’t take long to digest.

Celery Helps Eyesight

Good eyesight is maintained with the help of Vitamin A, something that celery has a healthy dose of when eaten in the right amount. One celery stalk can provide five percent of the daily needed value of Vitamin A. This can help to prevent cataracts. Celery tea drops even exist; they can be placed directly on the eyelids for further improvement.

Nutrition is important no matter what age you are, and eating healthy is the best thing a person can do for their body. Celery provides plenty of benefits, making it just one of the many health foods people should consume more of regularly. Add some peanut butter and raisins like the kids do and reap the benefits.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Diego, Calif.

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