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Guest post - Celery a Healthy Choice by Mark Salinas, MN

Posted Oct 01 2008 5:05pm
Mark Salinas' blog is one of my very favorite blogs. He has great posts that make exercise and healthy living accessible to everyone - even a sleep deprived stay-at-home-mom with little time to herself - as well as wonderful guest posts (sorry, couldn't resist the link), and his Friday links and Twitter posts have introduced me to more than one great new blog.

Celery a Healthy Choice

More recently, my wife has decided to insert celery more often into
our meals. As a guy on a journey I am always trying to eat healthier,
but celery? What is healthy about celery?
Well, after a bit of research and and many questions, answers.

Some benefits of celery:

* Low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol
* High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate,
Potassium, Manganese, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid,
Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus (good). Also high in salt (not so
good).

The nutritional value and health benefits of celery makes it ideal for:

* Maintaining optimum health
* Weight loss

For years it has been mentioned that celery is good for diets and did
you know that eating celery actually results in negative
calories?
Also it could help safeguard mental health?

Researchers have found that it generates compounds that can fight
Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases. The compound, called
luteolin, is a potent antioxidant known for its anti-inflammatory
properties. Luteolin belongs to a family of plant molecules called
flavonoids, which are found in various vegetables, fruits, and
beverages, including chamomile tea. Researchers have studied the
potential health effects of flavonoids, and shown that flavonoids can
counter dementia1.

Recommended daily vegetable serving is 2 ˝ cups, advised the US
Department of Agriculture. Ok that is allot of celery to consume
daily. But maybe celery should become a regular part of our diet?
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