Celery, which has the scientific name Apium graveolens, is a vegetable in the plant family called Apiaceae, is a direct descendant of wild celery.
Celery provides dietary fibre that boosts digestion and weight loss. In addition, celery’s high percentage of water and electrolytes can prevent dehydration, and special compounds help celery to act as a diuretic and reduce bloating.
Benefits of celery include its ability to improve liver, skin, eye and cognitive health. But one third of its nutrients will be lost if celery is boiled or dipped in boiling water.
Celery supplements are mainly made with celery oil and seeds.
Celery contains antioxidants and polysaccharides that are known to act as anti-inflammatories, especially flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants.
This makes celery useful for treating a wide range of conditions that are made worse by inflammation: joint pain (such as from arthritis), gout, kidney and liver infections, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections, just to name a few.
When researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Helwan University in Egypt fed rats celery (along with chicory and barley), these rats experienced a reduction in the amount of dangerous fat buildup within the liver.
Celery seed extracts have anti-hypertensive properties that help reduce high blood pressure. It is believed that celery relaxes the muscles and improving blood flow with with calcium and potassium.
Celery is sometimes called a negative-calorie vegetable. What this means is that celery is extremely low in calories and to digest the vege, our body uses more calories to do so.