RAMADAN: This Vegetable, Celery, Can Do A Lot. You Should Eat It
When one fasts in a period like Ramadan, a lot could happen including growing spiritually and then by the side lies the fact that health issues could arise.
But one thing that could help ensure that good health is maintained in the cause of the fast is eating the right kind of food at the end of each day’s fast.
Here is a great vegetable that anyone fasting could add to a plate of meal to make it more nutritious and taste heavenly.
The name is Celery and it could be added to soups, vegetable salad or any kind of dish. It is about being creative with the combination to give you a great meal.
In the cause of fasting, the body system needs to flush out toxins that find their way into our system from the food we eat, soaps we use, the air we breathe, especially in cities like Lagos where there is smoke everywhere.
Celery leaf or seed is an excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes, in addition to vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6.
It has been used as an anti-hypertensive agent in folk medicine for centuries.
Here are 10 health benefits of Celery that highlight why you should add it to your meal.
1. Helps Lower High Cholesterol
Celery is useful for improving or maintaining heart health. It contains a unique compound called 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh) that has previously been reported to have lipid-lowering action.
2. Lowers Inflammation
Celery contains antioxidants and polysaccharides known to act as anti-inflammatories, especially flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants.
They support overall health, especially as someone ages. They help to fight free radical damage (or oxidative stress) that can lead to inflammation which is a contributing cause of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, arthritis and many more.
3. Prevents or Treat High Blood Pressure
Celery seed extracts have anti-hypertensive properties that help lower high blood pressure, which one of the important risk factors for coronary heart disease.
It is the largest cause of mortality in industrial countries.
Celery seeds can also help control chronic elevated blood pressure levels, as it contains hexanic, methanolic and aqueous-ethanolic extracts that improve circulation, lower inflammation and help control blood pressure.
4. Helps Prevent Ulcers
Celery can help prevent or reduce the formation of painful ulcers.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Biology found that celery contains a special type of ethanol extract that is useful in protecting the lining of the digestive tract from ulcers.
Celery extract has the ability to significantly replenish depleted levels of gastric mucus that is needed in the stomach lining to prevent tiny holes and openings from forming, Dr Josh Axe, wrote.
5. Protects Liver Health
A research showed that celery helps to protect the liver from dangerous fat.
When researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Helwan University in Egypt fed rats celery (along with chicory and barley), these rats experienced a reduction in the amount of dangerous fat buildup within the liver.
6. Benefits for Weight Loss
Celery is extremely low in calories and can be a valuable food to help you lose weight.
It provides vital nutrients and help regulate lipid (fat) metabolism.
7. Boosts Digestion and Reduces Bloating
Celery seeds contain an odourless and oily compound known as NBP that has a diuretic effect and helps the body detox.
8. Contains Anti-Microbial Properties that Fight Infections
A 2009 report published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology shows that celery contains special anti-microbial components found in the seeds of the celery plant.
9. Helps Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Because celery helps to reduce uric acid and stimulates urine production, it’s beneficial for fighting bacterial infections within the digestive tract and reproductive organs.
10. May Help Protect from Cancer
Celery is in the same plant family as cancer-protective vegetables like carrots, fennel, parsley and parsnips, which all contain chemo-protective compounds called polyacetylenes.