Celery: Properties and Benefits

Celery, Apium graveolens scientific name, is a biennial herbaceous plant belonging to the family Umbelliferae; we can say that this kind of celery is nothing more than a derivation from celery marsh carried out by farmers over the centuries.

In Italy 80% of the total production of celery comes only from four regions: Piemontet, Puglia, Emilia Romagna and Lazio. Due to its delicate aroma and its taste particularly pleasant, celery is a food not only appreciated but is also a vegetable with therapeutic properties that we will see later. The species are very numerous and are divided for various characteristics, such as the color of the barrels, the leaves, the flowering period or the predisposition to conservation; there are three main groups into which we divide the celery: dulce (the most common), rapaceum and silvestre.
Celery: Properties and benefits
Celery, as the whole vegetables, is composed for the most part of water (about 90%); other substances that compose it are fibers, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids, various minerals such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and iron; with regard to vitamins, there are C, and K, while in lower percentages, we find some vitamins B and E.

The most recent research in the field of science have shown in celery the presence of a substance of the flavonoid family with antioxidant properties, called luteolin, which seems to be able to protect the brain from inflammation.


Benefits and Curative Properties of Celery

There are several properties of celery that make it attractive from a therapeutic point of view: in general we can say that celery has purifying and re-mineralizing properties towards the whole organism and at the same time, has a calming and antidepressant activity on the system nervous. The benefits that this vegetable has on blood pressure were recently demonstrated; in fact its regular intake is able to reduce the values.

The presence of vitamin K can be beneficial for blood clotting and bone, while its juice is an excellent tonic for the skin and, if drunk regularly for about twenty days, it can be very useful in cases of rheumatism; if diluted with water, can be used as eyewash for the eyes. In case of burns or bruises, a poultice of fresh leaves of celery can bring great benefits to the area "offense."
Celery Curiosity
Science has confirmed what already the peoples of antiquity supported; thanks to the presence of vitamin E, celery has not only revitalizing properties, but also aphrodisiac properties.

Thanks to its depurative and diuretic properties, celery is definitely an excellent food to fight cellulite.

Celery can be grown in almost all year except for the colder winter months with sub-zero temperatures.

A great help to combat insomnia and even stress can be achieved by drinking an infusion with celery seeds.

Its juice added to a little ice and a pinch of salt is a great refreshing and mineralizing drink .

Every year since 1965, the third Sunday in October, takes place in Trevi, Umbria, the festival of celery.

The cultivation of this particular vegetable requires a fresh soil, well fertilized and especially well watered ground.

You can find the celery for sale throughout the year, but what is available in the spring is appreciated for its particular tenderness.

In Italy there is a high demand of celery clear that is obtained using the technique of whitening that is, through the cover on the field, elimination of chlorophyll which is the substance that gives the color green.

The typical flavor and aroma is due to the presence of a substance called sedanina.

Homer tells us that Achilles did heal his horse seriously ill making him eat a plant of celery.

Its seeds, such as fennel, have the property to facilitate the elimination of intestinal gas.
Essential Oil of Celery
In addition to having demonstrated fungicidal properties, the essential oil of celery seems to have a good anti-tumor activity; the presence of two particular antioxidant substances have been used with positive results for the reduction of tumors in rats. We await developments.
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