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The Humble Celery Has Potent Anti-Cancer Fighting Nutrients

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When it comes to talking about vegetables that are powerhouses in the nutrient department, most will think of popular ones such as spinach, kale, or maybe even broccoli. But few will think of the humble celery, a vegetable that is often overlooked and only added to foods for texture or “slight” taste differences. It’s not very popular and most children have to be bribed with peanut butter to even consider eating it. But the celery root is one of the best sources of many nutrients and vitamins and has now the distinction of being a scientifically-proven cancer-fighting vegetable.

Scientists are starting to dissect and find the many benefits that the celery root can provide. Although celery has been cultivated and eaten by people for many centuries, it has not been until recently that great research was done to find the true potential of this vegetable. It might be frequently overlooked and undervalued but research is starting to change the conversation around celery.

 

Nutrient Powerhouse

Celery is a relative of parsley and fennel, both of which are great sources of nutrients themselves, and has many of the basic vitamins that we need on a daily basis. Its biggest sources are fiber and Vitamin K, of which it has a whopping 33% in just one serving, but it also contains Vitamins C and A, B6, B2, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and phosphorous. As if that wasn’t enough, celery also packs a punch in the antioxidant department. Its antioxidant properties are so potent that it is classified as a super antioxidant.

Celery also is a super anti-inflammatory and multiple studies have proven its ability to help with all kinds of digestive issues. For starters, the high fiber content in celery helps with some digestive issues and as many Americans suffer from gastrointestinal tract problems, celery can be a source of relief. A study in the journal of Pharmaceutical Biology found that the flavonoids in celery can help protect the lining of the digestive tract from ulcers, and another study discovered that celery has a unique polysaccharide that can balance the stomach secretions. Still other researchers found that the pectin-based polysaccharides in celery can calm digestive system inflammation.

 

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