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Health Benefits of Celery: The Optimal Smartfood

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Often times, the health benefits of celery are ignored and the green stalk is dismissed by the general public as an "empty" food containing more water than anything else.

Celery Juice
What few people do not realize is that celery is a terrific source of vitamins A, B, C and K, calcium, magnesium, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, essential amino acids, sodium, and potassium. Say that again!

This often overlooked vegetable is known for keeping the heart healthy and may even play an important role in cancer preventing.

When it comes to preserving the health of your brain, try celery as the optimal "smart food." It contains a compound that recent studies have shown to prevent the accumulation of plague in the brain that can cause the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Because of the diuretic properties associated with celery, it has the keen ability to prevent the onset of urinary tract infections. In fact, many places use celery as an alternative medicine in more traditional medical practices to treat urinary tract infections. Celery is able to expel water from the body without causing the body to lose potassium in the process.

Bugged out?

Want to repel mosquitoes without putting on goopy lotions and bad smelling repellants, try celery oil. This traditional remedy recently underwent a lot of testing, both in the laboratory and in the field, and produced consistent results. Celery oil, when put on the skin, repels mosquitoes without any negative side effects that may come about with chemical-based repellants.

Trying for a baby?

Have your man eat some celery. When combined with vitamin E, celery is known to increase motility and sperm count. The celery itself contains a metabolic product associated with testosterone, known as aldosterone, while vitamin E decreases oxidization, creating the perfect environment for sperm to mature.

Here are some other benefits associated with celery:
  1. It can balance the pH level in the body.
  2. Celery juice is popular among many athletes after their workouts as it restores lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body.
  3. Drinking a glass of celery juice every day for seven days will significantly lower blood pressure as it relaxes arterial muscles and dilates blood vessels.
  4. Celery offers relief for inflammatory medical conditions, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  5. The natural laxative effect associated with celery relieves constipation and works as a natural diuretic to get rid of any excess fluid in the body.

Next time you are thinking of juicing, add some celery and enjoy the extra benefits.

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