Most of us would not think of celery as a super-star among vegetables. For many folks, celery is just something to use in dips or as a low calorie snack. However, there is much more to celery than meets the eye. The long and sturdy green stalks are very rich in valuable vitamins and nutrients, adding to the many well-balanced benefits of Uzuma slow juices. Here are just some of the reasons why we include celery in our juices.
Celery contains an abundance of antioxidants, which are healthful substances that protect the cells and organs in our body from oxidative damage. It is especially rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids. It contains at least 12 more nutrients with antioxidant properties in one single stalk.
Along with celery’s ability to prevent cell damage, it also boasts phytonutrients with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. In particular, these nutrients can help with inflammation of the digestive tract, blood vessels, and other organs, making it helpful in the prevention of illness.
The many vitamins and antioxidants found in celery boost and actively support the immune system. This makes celery a good vegetable to reduce the risk of catching the common cold and other infectious diseases. But the rich amount of vitamin C in celery has even more benefits; it promotes smooth and healthy looking skin as an added bonus!
It may sound odd, but snacking on a stalk of celery may be just what you need for a good night’s sleep! Celery contains plenty of minerals and is particularly rich in magnesium, which is known for its calming and soothing properties. This makes celery perfect for stress relief and a great nighttime snack.
Celery contains a component called butylphthalide, which gives it its flavour and scent. But butylphthalide is much more than that. Butylphthalide has been shown to reduce the “bad” cholesterol LDL, which contributes to fatty buildup in the arteries and contributes to increased risk for heart disease. Just consuming 4 celery stalks per day can reduce the bad cholesterol levels by as much as 7%, promoting improved cardiovascular health.
Celery has a low glycemic index of 0, which means it raises blood sugar levels only very slowly and can control insulin resistance and diabetes complications. Moreover, it is very low in sodium. The many other vitamins and minerals in celery, among them vitamins A, K and C as well as potassium and folate, provide added benefits for balanced and healthful nutrition.
Celery’s host of valuable minerals has a neutralising effect on acidic foods. This can promote better digestive health and reduce heartburn and an upset stomach.
Celery does contain low amounts of sodium, but this type of salt is healthier than ordinary table salt. It is an essential natural mineral that promotes good health.
Did you know that celery has so many benefits for your health and wellbeing? Well now you do! The nutritious properties of celery make it the perfect vegetable for a well-balanced juicing diet. This is why we at Uzuma include celery when making our top-quality slow juices.