Celery HEALTH Benefits Side Effects and celery nutrition
Celery is a remedy to lower blood pressure and aid in the fight against cancer in Asia. People just boil or stir-fry
the celery and eat it.
Celery; Apium graveolens

The word celery probably comes from the French celeri.  Celery is a biennial plant, belongs to the
Umbelliferae family. Carrots, fennel, parsley and dill are also members in this family.  Celery is about 12
to 16 inches tall and is composed of leaf-topped stalks arranged in a conical shape and joined at a
common base. The stalks is crunchy but mildly salty.

CELERY NUTRITION VALUES Celery is a rich source of vitamin C, phalides and coumarins. These are
the important active ingredients for celery. Because of these ingredients, celery can offer us multiple
unique health benefits. It also contains a variety of various minerals and nutrients such as tryptophan,
folate, dietary fiber, molybdenum, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins B6
(pyridoxine), B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) A. [1]

Traditionally, people believe that celery seeds can treat bladder and kidney diseases. Some people also
extract the celery components to relieve the pain from gout attacks; gout is a joint condition caused by
high uric acid levels. It is also believed that celery juice may help rheumatism and other ailments.

Benefits celery

Benefits celery - INFLAMMATION
Celery contains a large amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C functions as a anti-oxidant to prevent the free
radical damage that triggers the inflammatory cascade. Thus, it helps reduce the severity of
inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps prevent
cholesterol oxidation to form plaques that may rupture causing heart attacks or stroke. Vitamin C also
helps support the immune system. Vitamin C-rich foods like celery may help reduce cold symptoms or
severity of cold symptoms; people commonly use vitamin C as a cold-fighter.

Benefits celery - BLOOD PRESSURE
Though there is not much scientific evidence to support celeryÂ’s blood pressure-lowering effects.
Celery has long been recognized in Chinese herbal medicine as a blood pressure-lowering remedy.

Luteolin occurs as glycosylated forms in celery and some other green plants. [8] Recently, researchers
discovered that luteolin extracted from celery inhibited the secretion and gene expression of endothelin-
1 (ET-1), a potent vasoconstrictor regulating blood pressure, in porcine aortic endothelial cells. [6]

Benefits celery - CHOLESTEROL
Celery extract was found to be effective in lowering cholesterol in hypercholesterolaemic rats. Aqueous
celery extract was administered intraperitoneally to genetically hypercholesterolaemic and
normocholesterolaemic rats via Alzet osmotic pumps over a 13-day period. The serum cholesterol
concentration of the celery extract-treated hypercholesterolaemic rats was found to be significantly
lower than the control rats. The serum triglyceride level was unchanged in both strains of rats. [2]

Benefits celery - CANCER
Celery extracts have been shown to help prevent tumor cell growth in various animal studies.

Researchers from State University of New York examined the nutritional epidemiology of gastric cancer
in 293 cases. They found that sodium, fat, and retinol enhanced the risk of stomach cancer, while
carotene, especially raw vegetables (including celery, cucumbers, carrots, green peppers, tomatoes,
and onions) reduced the risk. [3] Scientists from Harbin Medical College, China, assessed the role of
diet (336 cases) in the causes of colorectal cancer.  They found that green vegetables, chives and
celery, have a strong protective effect against colorectal cancer. [4] Investigators from LKT Laboratories
MN isolated 5 phthalides from celery seed oil and studied their abilities to inhibit benzo[a]pyrene- (BP)
induced tumorigenesis in mice. They showed that 3-n-butyl phthalide and sedanolide were active in
tumor inhibition. [5] Besides, another group showed that luteolin induced apoptosis in various cancer
cells. [7]

Celery Side Effects
Some people are allergic to celery. [9]

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[1] George Matelian FoundationÂ’s the worldÂ’s healthiest foods (online publication, August 30, 2005) [2] Tsi D et al, Effects of celery
extract and 3-N-butylphthalide on lipid levels in genetically hypercholesterolaemic (RICO) rats. Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 1996 Mar;23
(3):214-7. [3] Graham S et al., Diet in the epidemiology of gastric cancer. Nutr Cancer. 1990;13(1-2):19-34. [4] Hu JF et al, Diet and cancer
of the colon and rectum: a case-control study in China. Int J Epidemiol. 1991 Jun;20(2):362-7. [5] Zheng GQ et al, Chemoprevention of
benzo[a]pyrene-induced forestomach cancer in mice by natural phthalides from celery seed oil. Nutr Cancer. 1993;19(1):77-86. [6] Kozakai
T et al, Luteolin inhibits endothelin-1 secretion in cultured endothelial cells. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2005 Aug;69(8):1613-5. [7]
Horinaka M et al, Luteolin induces apoptosis via death receptor 5 upregulation in human malignant tumor cells. Oncogene. 2005 Jul 11.
[8] Kim JH et al, Luteolin prevents PDGF-BB-induced proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells by inhibition of PDGF beta-receptor
phosphorylation. Biochem Pharmacol. 2005 Jun 15;69(12):1715-21. [9] Luttkopf D et al. Celery allergens in patients with positive double-
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