Celery Contributions for a Hangover?
In ancient Rome, Celery was worn around the neck to ward off a the effects of a hangover from a particularly hardy night of partying. Perhaps this is where the practice of putting a stalk of celery in a Bloody Mary. Though this has never been proven.
The seeds of celery are a different story altogether. They are the dried fruit of that wild smallage, and they are so small that it takes some 760,000 to make just one pound. But they make up in punch what they lack in size: they are intensely aromatic and strongly flavored with an oil made up of the glucoside apiin, with lemony limonene, and other bitter compounds. Celery seeds contain more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds and help cleanse the kidneys and urinary tract.
Celery contains the chemical 3-n butyl phthalide. This chemical allows the blood vessels to dilate. Phthalide also lowers the level of stress hormones called catacholamines.
The nutritional contributions of celery - vitamins K and C, folate, potassium and fiber - are nothing to underestimate. Celery also contains bioactive compounds like phthalides, which help lower cholesterol, and coumarins that protect against cancer. There is an ingredient found in celery called acetylenics. Celery also contains phenolic acids.
Best of all, celery is an "easy vegetable" that can be added quickly to a number of dishes, including soups, casseroles, meatloaf, and side dishes.
A Bonus: Even a small amount of celery daily will help flush your body of excess water/fluid.
Celery & Celery Seeds Aid Detox
Celery and celery seeds are excellent blood cleansers that can help lower high blood pressure. Celery also contains many different anti-cancer compounds that help eliminate cancerous cells from the body. Celery seeds contain over twenty anti-inflammatory substances. They are particularly good for detoxifying substances found in cigarette smoke.
Celery is an excellent source of potassium and antioxidant Vitamin C and dietary fiber. Celery is cholesterol free, saturated fat free and low in sodium. Celery also contains some Vitamin A, calcium and protein.
When selecting celery look for straight rigid stalks that snap when bent and leaves that show no sign of wilting.
Cleansing Stuffed Celery Sticks
Clean and cut your celery sticks into 3-inch pieces. Spread almond butter on the concave part and crunch!
Keep it Fresh
To keep celery fresh for a longer time, wrap it in aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator.
When celery loses its crispness, place it in a pan of water with raw potato slices for a few hours. When you remove the celery, it will be crisp.
Celery Seed Bread
Brush olive oil on slices of whole-grain bread (preferably 100 percent whole grain spelt or kamut) and sprinkle with celery seeds. Bake in a 350 degree oven until golden brown and serve as a tasty side dish.
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed,
Is more easily chewed.
--Ogden Nash (1902-1971)
Braised Celery Recipe
1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cube chicken bouillon
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
Arrange the celery in a single layer on the bottom of a large skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Dot with butter. Dissolve the bouillon cube in boiling water, and pour over the celery.
Cover pan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley before serving. Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 76; Total Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 16mg; Sodium: 758mg; Total Carbohydrates: 5.4g; Dietary Fiber: 2.4g; Protein: 1.3g
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