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puhpine1

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Posted: 07 Sep 2016, 06:58
9 cheers for CELERY:

* Celery for weightloss: One large stalk contains only 10 calories! So, add celery to your shopping list and enjoy it in your salads, soups and sauces.
* Celery reduces inflammation: If you are suffering from joint pains, lung infections, asthma, or acne, eating more celery will bring much-needed relief.
* Celery helps you calm down: Celery for stress-relief? Oh yes! The minerals in celery, especially magnesium, and the essential oil in it, soothe the nervous system. If you enjoy a celery-based snack in the evening, you may sleep better.
* Celery aids digestion: some say celery tastes like “crunchy water,” and this may be part of the reason it is so good for your digestive system. The high water content of celery, combined with the insoluble fiber in it, makes it a great tool for easy passage of stool. Note: because celery has diuretic and cleansing properties, those with diarrhea should avoid eating it.
* Celery cares for your eyes: One large stalk of celery delivers 5 percent of your daily need for Vitamin A, a group of nutrients that protects the eyes and prevents age-related degeneration of vision.
* Celery reduces “bad” cholesterol: There is a component in celery called butylphthalide, which gives the vegetable its flavor and scent. But that’s not all it does — the compound also reduces bad cholesterol. A Chicago University study profiled by the New York Times shows that the butylphthalide found in just four stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 percent!
* Celery lowers blood pressure: An active compound called phthalides in celery has been proven to boost circulatory health. Raw, whole celery reduces high blood pressure.
* Celery Hightens libido: Two pheromones in celery–androstenone and androstenol–boost your arousal levels. They are released when you chew on a celery stalk.
* Celery Inhibits the growth of cancer cells: Two studies at the University of Illinois show that a powerful flavonoid in celery, called luteolin, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, especially in the pancreas. Another study suggests that the regular intake of celery could significantly delay the formation of breast cancer cells.

Still taste bad (imo), but now you know you are enduring the taste for 9 very good reasons! Did you know that cooking the celery will reduce the strong taste? (a little) Also celery can be eaten raw in salads. use a spicey element in your salad to reduce the strong celery-taste.
puhpine1

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Posted: 07 Sep 2016, 07:02


Banathallah

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Posted: 07 Sep 2016, 07:04
If I can cook it and still get the benefits that would be great.
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Aussie Elise

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Posted: 07 Sep 2016, 09:14
Thank you puhpine! This is a lovely tribute to celery. I must learn these benefits. I guess cooking will not destroy the Vitamin A?
puhpine1

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Posted: 07 Sep 2016, 12:16
How do cooking, storage, or processing affect vitamin A?
Retinoid Forms

This form of vitamin A is found in animal sources like schrimp and meat.
Ordinary handling, storage, and cooking methods for these foods will usually be sufficient to preserve the content of preformed vitamin A.

The vitamin A in fortified milk can be damaged by sunlight.

Carotenoid Forms

This form of vitamin A is found in plant sources like celery.
The jury is still out regarding the impact of cooking and processing on carotenoids in food. While the number of vitamin A decreases during the cooking process, the vitamin itself is transformed so our body's can better absorb it. Cooking the food has (in that matter) the same effect as chewing really really good!

irradiation

Preliminary research has shown an unwanted impact of food irradiation on both retinoid form and carotenoid form vitamin A.

source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=106
Banathallah

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Posted: 08 Sep 2016, 07:19
Thank you for doing the research, its very interesting.
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