Celery is a magic little ingredient when it comes to healing skin. If you're suffering from the following skin conditions, consuming celery in any form can be incredibly beneficial;
Celery is an important ingredient in my High 5 Juice, but I'm often asked if it can be skipped because some people really struggle with the taste. Adding lemon or ginger can help neutralise it a little, but there's no getting around it - celery has a strong, strong flavour! That said, it's so super beneficial for many skin diseases that I would recommend you consume it every day during a cleanse.
Many skin problems occur as the result of underlying chronic inflammation. Celery juice reduces the activity of certain proteins that are linked to exacerbating inflammation, calming and soothing the body and skin. If skin is broken or prone to infection, it's interesting to note that according to a study conducted in 2012, celery was found to treat, and even prevent, fungal infections.
Calms the body and aids sleep
Skin conditions can be incredibly stressful. Celery contains specific essential oils that can regulate the nervous system and induce a sense of calm. If you're struggling to sleep at night due to insomnia or itching, it's interesting to note that the high magnesium levels in celery can help relax the body and promotes restful sleep.
Immunity and Allergies
Apart from giving a boost to the body’s immune system, celery also helps maintain overall health. One celery stick a day can offer you numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which can help keep allergies at bay. Three celery sticks a day can replenish the levels of potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, and zinc in the body.
When it comes to acne prone skin, celery does not just fight acne, but even helps repair the scars that could otherwise be left behind. Celery can also help cleanse the skin and removes dirt, thereby keeping your skin clean and less prone to acne breakouts.
Vitiligo is a condition where the skin loses its pigment in certain areas, causing pale white patches. A Polish study revealed that celery contains furanocoumarins, these are primary compounds that are commonly used in the treatment of vitiligo.
Other benefits of celery
- Regulates Blood Pressure
- Lowers cholesterol
- Celery extracts have also been found to enhance sexual performance in men
- A report published by Purdue University, reveals celery can effectively be used for treating asthma
Fancy adding more celery to your diet? Besides eating raw sticks, there are some super simple recipes designed to help you embrace this wonderful skin soothing ingredient.
- Celery Juice
- Celery Soup
- Celery Gratin
Celery should not be consumed in a concentrated form by pregnant women, those with serious kidney problems or anyone with an allergy to celery, mugwort or birch pollen.