There has been a lot of social media buzz about our crunchy green friend celery, but with so much chatter it can be hard to sort out fact from fiction.
Cemented in American food folklore as the stereotype empty-calorie veggie, good only for ants-on-a-log, soup stock or to fill out a salad, celery is really an underrated food that offers much more than a guilt-free snack. High in healthy fiber, low in carbs and packed with vitamins, celery is a great choice for anyone, but especially for those looking to manage symptoms of PCOS:
Helps Regulate Blood Sugar
Celery is a good source of insoluble fiber, which is fiber that cannot be broken down in our gut. Insoluble fiber helps to add bulk to the food being digested and slows down the absorption of sugar. Properly regulating blood sugar is important for improving the symptoms of PCOS because balanced blood sugar leads to reduced inflammation and better hormone balance.
Supports Fertility & Pregnancy
Celery is also high in folate, a vitamin essential to the production of healthy eggs in women. Folate also aids in egg implantation and is important for the growth and development of the fetus during pregnancy.
Boosts Immune System
A good source of vitamin A, celery can help your body create more t-cells to fight infection.
Promotes Healthy Skin & Reduces Acne
Also because of its vitamin A content, celery provides your body with nutrients it needs to create healthy mature skin cells. Retinoic acid derived from vitamin A is also thought to inhibit the growth of bacteria in skin pores and on the skin’s surface, reducing or preventing the development of acne.
Celery seed has shown promise for maintaining a healthy urinary tract and for reducing blood pressure. More rigorous studies are needed, but trials have shown that compounds in celery seed can have diuretic and antibacterial properties, preventing infections and promoting healthy urination. Studies have also indicated that chemicals contained in celery seed may relieve hypertension by encouraging blood vessels to expand.
For such a humble culinary workhorse, celery delivers some incredible health benefits that should not be overlooked! Begin adding celery to your daily diet to take advantage of all this secret superfood has to offer.
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