Celery health benefits and therapeutic value

Celery (Apium graveolens) is a hollow-stemmed condiment belonging to the Apiaceae family (parsley family), native to Europe and Asia. Its cultivation goes back to Greek and Roman times, but celery only recently became part of our vegetable patches, in the XVIIth century. Since then, it has continuously proven its numerous health benefits and therapeutic value.

Health benefits of celery

  • Low in calorie intake but rich in vitamins A, B and C, celery provides a complete pack of nutrients critical to ensuring our days are full of energy.
  • As an antioxidant, celery is said to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that are capable of inhibiting the multiplication of cancerous cells.
  • Celery is a diuretic, it eliminates toxins accumulated in the body. That is why it is integrated into the diet of persons who are ill with heart, liver or kidney disorders. It is also the reason why celery juice is recommended in weight loss diets.
  • Celery is particularly indicated to cleanse intestines. Infusions prepared from celery seeds treat biliary and kidney stones, and soothe persons who experience pain from arthritis, gout and rheumatism. They also increase blood circulation in muscles and joints.
  • Celery similarly imparts hypoglycemic properties that make it a relevant food for persons with diabetes.
  • Celery seeds, both appetite-enhancing and diuretic, stimulate the appetite and digestion, and make expelling gas easier.
  • Take note, however, that leaves and roots contain compounds that enhance photosensitivity. Avoid exposing yourself to the sun after having ingested celery.
  • Celery essential oil has relaxing and sedative properties. It clears the way for you to fall asleep and has been revealed to be effective against insomnia. It is also recommended against stress.

Growing stalk celery for its benefits

  • Celery is grown in full sun or part sun in humus-rich soil, cool but well drained.
  • You can also plant celery in a pot, it will grow just fine in a large garden box as long as you check that the soil stays a bit moist.
  • Watch out for the celery fly, it stains leaves and keeps the plants from growing. Celery also fears slugs, rust and downy mildew.

Celery in cooking and its properties

Chopped and yet-to-be-chopped stalks of celery on a dark wood cutting board.Its pronounced taste and its crunchy texture make celery just as delicious raw or cooked. Celery stalks can be nibbled raw and are perfect to add a crunch to your mixed salads, but cooked, they’re delicious, too, fried in a pan with butter for instance, and all the while ensuring that you’re tanking up on energy.

Celery is a major ingredient in the world-famous delicious recipe for mariniere mussels!

Celery nutritional content

16 kcal / 3.5 oz (100 g) when raw, and when cooked 13 kcal / 3.5 oz (100 g). Celery is diuretic, a de-wormer, eases digestion and stimulating.


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Healthy stalk celery by MelanieFHardy under Pixabay license
Chopping celery by Marco Verch under © CC BY 2.0