Benefits of Celery

Overview

Celery has long been a health food staple, and it retains a number of benefits for those who eat it. Though it doesn't contain all the nutrients required for a healthy diet and should be taken in conjunction with other foods, the benefits to consuming it are easily identifiable. It makes for an important part of any healthy regimen.

Vitamins

Celery contains vitamin C, as well as vitamins B1, B6, potassium, folic acid and calcium.

High Fiber

Celery is high in fiber, which helps clear out the colon and promote healthy digestion.

Calories

Because celery is composed mostly of water, it has almost no calories. It is an excellent food for between-meal snacking.

Coumarins

Celery contains coumarins, which are compounds that lower blood pressure and promote a healthy circulatory system.

Kidney Problems

Celery is a diuretic, which enhances urination and facilitates the removal of water from the body. It helps the kidneys and heart, as well as tissue swelling (edema).

About this Author

Rob Vaux has been a professional writer and editor since 1995. He has traveled throughout Europe and North America as well as parts of North Africa. Since 2000, he has been a professional movie critic at Flipside Movie Emporium, the Sci-Fi Movie Page and Mania.com. Vaux has a Master of Arts in English literature from Syracuse University.

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