The 911 on celery

The 911 on celery

The ordinary becomes extraordinary and miracles abound when you’re present. Commonplace celery gives proof. It appears, the ubiquitous vegetable, limited to jaded veggie trays, ants on a log, and egg and tuna salad, is quite effective in preventing lung, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, breast and liver cancer.

The member of the carrot, parsley, dill, fennel, hemlock and cilantro family was first cultivated in the Mediterranean around 800 BC where celery oil was used to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, arthritis, liver and spleen ailments. Ancient Greeks considered celery holy and decorated winners at the Olympic Games using celery leaf laurels.

The U.S. National Cancer Institute says Lung cancer is among the most common types of cancers in both men and women. About one out of every 14 men and women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime. Chinese researchers discovered by eating just two medium stalks of celery two to three times a week can reduce lung cancer risk by 60 percent. (

Other than celery’s predictable appearance in salad bars, raw celery contains an anti-cancer compound called apigenin, effective at causing cell suicide in numerous types of cancer cells. The crispy stalks burst with cancer-fighting vitamin C which fortifies your temple’s immune system, stops cancerous free-radical oxidation, halts devastating inflammation, and helps reduce cold symptoms and severity. Raw vegetables and fruits high in C are linked with a reduced risk of death from all causes.

In some cultures, raw celery and celery seeds are consumed to treat high blood pressure. Celery, mostly water, can calm your nervous system, aid digestion, lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  Tart and watery celery is a very good source of colon-sweeping fiber, potassium, folate, molybdenum, manganese and vitamin B6, B1, B2. Celery is also a healthy source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, phosphorus and iron. A recent edition of Details magazine reports: “Celery is suspected to be somewhat sexually arousing.” And speculates: “Celery contains androsterone and pheromone; powerful hormones released through sweat glands that attracts females.”  Oo-la-la! 

Wash it! Celery is grown close to the ground, exposing it to bacterial contamination, pesticides or critter droppings. As a dedicated steward of your holy temple’s health, affordable celery should get top billing and be a part of your daily diet. Make celery a generous addition to your smoothies, juicing, pre-cut snacks and the family’s salad bowl.