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Celery doesn’t get much recognition beyond salads and Ants on a Log, but it should.

Celery benefits

  • great source of vitamins and fiber
  • low on the glycemic index
  • contains powerful antioxidants
  • contains anti-inflammatory properties

Though celery is roughly 95 percent water, there are a number of reasons that this vegetable should be part of your daily routine.

First, celery is full of nutrients, such as potassium, calcium, and vitamins, and is packed with a plethora of antioxidants. In fact, a single stalk of celery contains at least 12 different antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids.

Now, let’s talk digestion. Because of celery’s moderate fiber content (1.6 grams per 1 cup stalks), celery supports a healthy digestive system and promotes regularity. Unfortunately though, juicing celery causes it to lose some fiber content.

A diet high in fiber may aid in diabetes prevention. Celery also has a very low glycemic index, which can help keep blood sugar in check. In one study, celery was found to have a positive effect on blood sugar levels in older volunteers with prediabetes who consumed 250 milligrams (mg) of celery leaf, 3 times per day.

Celery even has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to it containing an abundance of flavonoids. For this reason, this green veg may protect the body against inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis.

Munching on celery stalks isn’t for everyone, though, which is why juicing it is another great way to reap some of its nutritional benefits.

If you don’t care for the taste of celery juice, add half a green apple while juicing and a squeeze of fresh lemon (full recipe below). This will brighten up the flavor of the celery juice and add a bit of natural sweetness.

No juicer? No problem. Celery can be added to smoothies or blended on its own in a high-speed blender with some filtered water, and strained through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer before serving.

It’s suggested that you consume one, 16-ounce glass of celery juice every morning for at least one full week to reap many of the benefits.

Celery Juice

Star ingredient: Celery

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch celery (roughly 8–9 medium stalks), trimmed and cleaned
  • 1/2 green apple, optional
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, optional

Directions

  1. Run the celery and green apple through a juicer. Stir in the lemon juice.
  2. This juice is best served fresh. Add ice, if desired.
Though celery offers an abundance of nutrients, some folks are allergic to this green. If also paired with a skin sensitization to mugwort, which is not an uncommon associated allergy, this condition is known as “celery-mugwort-spice syndrome.”

Tiffany La Forge is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer who runs the blog Parsnips and Pastries. Her blog focuses on real food for a balanced life, seasonal recipes, and approachable health advice. When she’s not in the kitchen, Tiffany enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, organic gardening, and hanging out with her corgi, Cocoa. Visit her at her blog or on Instagram.