You’ve heard it time and time again… eat your vegetables, they’re good for you!

And while that’s certainly true, some veggies get more praise than others.

Today, I’d like to tell you about a pretty run-of-the-mill vegetable that rarely gets a second glance. It’s very common, though many people don’t eat much of it, since it’s traditionally seen as a “diet” food.

What many don’t realise, however, is just how many nutrients it contains that are surprisingly good for you.

Ok, the suspense is over… what is this super-veggie?

Celery!

Yes, good ole celery has a WHOLE bunch of health benefits that can help your body stay healthy. You’d never think it by eating super-veggie celery, since it seems so fibrous and watery, but it’s a rich source of vitamins powerful flavanoids – compounds that can have a powerful antioxidant effect on your body.

For example, did you know that two of the flavanoids in celery, apigenin and luteolin, are great allies in the fight against cancer?

In one study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, researchers studying cancer in women, found that those who ate greater amounts of apigenin had a 21 percent reduced risk of getting ovarian cancer. [1]

And celery’s second flavanoid – luteolin – has been found to help stop the progression of colon cancer. [2]

How’s that for a “diet” food most people don’t want to touch?

But it gets even better…

Super-veggie celery may also have the ability to help keep your heart healthy for years to come.

Researchers found that when they gave a group of rats celery seed daily, for 60 days, the rats’ blood lipid profile improved. Triglycerides went down 22 percent. LDL “bad” cholesterol plummeted 27 percent. Better yet, the rats saw a 28% rise in HDL “good” cholesterol! [3]

In addition to helping improve overall cholesterol and blood lipid profile, other studies suggest it may help lower blood pressure as well, by helping the blood vessels relax. [4]

Finally, it seems it may also help in relieving pain from gout – a painful form of arthritis characterized by high levels of uric acid.

Egyptian researchers were studying the effects of different plant extracts on a group of rats with gout.

They found that celery seed reduced uric acid levels in the rats by a whopping 56 percent – beating out all the other plan extracts they tried! [5]

So there you have it. Hopefully next time you pass by celery sitting in the produce aisle of your grocery store, you’ll think twice before skipping past it. Even better would be to try and get more of it in your diet, if you aren’t already eating it regularly.

It goes great with home made hummus and raisins (think: ants on a log) or can be used to dip with (home made salsa is a great choice). Get creative, and find healthy, low-calorie ways to enjoy celery and reap its awesome health benefits.

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References:

[1] Gates MA, Vitonis AF, Tworoger SS, et al. Flavonoid intake and ovarian cancer risk in a population-based case-control study. Int J Cancer. 2009 Apr;124(8):1918-25.

[2] Lim YD, Cho JH, Kim J, Nho CW, Lee KW, Park J. Luteolin decreases IGF-II production and downregulates insulin-like growth factor-I receptor signaling in HT-29 human colon cancer cells. BMC Gastroenterology. 2012 Jan;12:9.

[3] Mansi K, Abushoffa AM, Disi A, Aburjai T. Hypolipidemic effects of seed extract of celery (Apium graveolens) in rats. Pharmacognosy Magazine. 2009 Dec;5(20):301-5.

[4] Gharooni M, Sarkarati AR. Application of Apium graveolens in treatment of hypertension. Tehran University Medical Journal. 2000;58(3):67-9.

[5] Mohamed DA, Al-Okbi SY. Evaluation of anti-gout activity of some plant extracts. Pol J Food and Nutr Sci. 2008;58(3):389-95.