Celery As An Anti-Inflammatory Agent

May 6, 2014

If you are thinking of celery as that nasty vegetable your mother always made you eat with peanut butter, you might want to think again. You see, it is so much more than just a vegetable providing much needed nutrients. Yes, it is a low calorie snack, should you choose to consume it as such. It also makes an excellent flavor addition to holiday meals such as turkey dressing. But did you know that it also has anti-inflammatory benefits as well?

Celery’s anti-inflammatory properties

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Celery actually has several anti-inflammatory health benefits, but one of the main ones is that it also guards against inflammation within the digestive tract. Imagine that – celery is good for your digestion.

Why does it have anti-inflammatory qualities, you ask? Well, celery contains polysaccharides such as apiuman that assists it with storing simple sugars as it is growing. Made of pectin, these polysaccharides are one reason celery has such a unique structure.

Other nutritional benefits of celery

It is already a known fact that celery contains nutrients our bodies need. Why else would your mother insist on finding ways to get you to eat your celery? It is good for you, and it contains falconoid and vitamins such as Vitamin C.

However, celery also contains a dozen or more other antioxidants that are also good for the health of our bodies. The antioxidants (which include lunularin, bergapten, and psoralen) help ensure our cells have a healthy defense against the things that bombard them on a daily basis.

So, there you have it. Celery is great for protecting against free radicals with its antioxidant might, but it is also quite adept at providing anti-inflammatory benefits to your body, especially your digestive tract. Are you ready to start looking up some celery recipes now? These benefits are well worth the effort.