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:
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?