I am not a vegetarian but I love vegetables. Green vegetables are at the top of my health list and they make up the majority of my meals, and they should be the stars of everyone’s diet.

Diets composed of more green vegetables can reduce the risk of chronic disease and other health ailments. Vegetables are the main source of vitamins, minerals, (phytochemicals and antioxidants) and fibre that are vital for proper health development and maintenance.

One of my favourite veggies, yet largely overlooked, is celery. I love celery for my morning shakes and find it exceptionally convenient and delicious, with a good nut butter, for snacks. Aside from being a source of good food, it is also used as alternative medicine. Its leaves, seeds, roots. and stems are used to treat urinal retention, kidney disease, hypertension, and even certain sexual disorders. 

Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C that is essential for promoting a healthy immune system. Vitamin C inhibits free radical damage that may trigger inflammatory conditions like asthma and arthritis. This vitamin is also beneficial in promoting a healthy cardiovascular system.

Medical research shows that celery contains active compounds called pthalide that are essential in reducing blood pressure. Pthalide works by relaxing the muscles of the arteries that regulates blood pressures, which allows the blood vessels to constrict. Healthy blood vessels may help prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart ailments. The benefits of celery in reducing blood pressure is also attributed to its high contents of potassium, magnesium, and calcium. High consumption of these minerals have been associated with reduced blood pressure. These are also great nutrients that help in the performance and recovery from exercise.

A food regimen which contains celery may help prevent cancer. This vegetable contains coumarin, which is essential in the prevention of free radicals from degenerating the cells that are a leading cause of cancer. Coumarins may also enhance the activity of white blood cells; these cells defend the immune system and eliminate harmful cells, including cancer cells. Celery also contains acetylenics that have been shown in some scientific studies to stop the development of tumour cells.

In addition to these health benefits, celery contains many active ingredients that has made this vegetable a very important plant when it comes to promoting good health due to it’s balanced content of minerals, vitamins, and other necessary nutrients. Celery also contains important concentrations of plant hormones and other essential oils that may regulate the nervous system and promote a sense of relaxation. Some studies also claim that celery may also promote positive effects on the sexual system.

Celery is great tasting and easy to add to any meal, as I mentioned I use it regularly in my morning shakes and for snacks. Because of the many health benefits of celery, many nutritionists and other health experts encourage regular consumption of this vegetable…  readily available in Vietnam and you don’t even need to cook it. Enjoy it and the health it will provide.

Phil Kelly is a health practitioner and expert in body transformation. His services are available at Star Fitness (starfitnesssaigon.com).