Organic Celery

Posted by Colleen

Since its spring and we are getting our vegetable gardens ready for harvest or going to our local Farmers Markets we’ll talk about some benefits of vegetables.  There is such a variety of colorful vegetables to grow or buy and as the saying goes “variety is the spice of life”. So, today let’s talk about organic celery.

Celery is high in vitamins A, C, K, and the B vitamin compounds folate and choline.  Celery contains 263 mg of potassium per cup, and it also contains reasonable amounts of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.  Celery supports bone health, healthy blood pressure and kidneys as well as helping to avoid muscle cramping during workouts. Recent research has greatly bolstered our knowledge about celery’s anti-inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against inflammation in the digestive tract itself.

Celery contains 94 to 95% water which is important for us during the hotter weather, consuming more of the water containing vegetables and fruits will be a great idea to implement, when planning your meals or snacks.

It is recommended to wait to chop up your celery just before you are adding it to a salad or cooked dish, rather than chopping it up the night before and leaving it stored in the refrigerator overnight.  This will help to preserve its maximum nutrient potential.  Also, it is recommended to consume fresh celery within 5 to 7 days because of potential nutrient loss after this time period.

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