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You may not know that celery has some hidden talents – in fact, it has two superpowers called apigenin and luteolin. These compounds are powerful flavonoids responsible for killing pancreatic cancer cells. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers and it is mostly asymptomatic. Unfortunately ingesting huge quantities of celery is not efficient so scientists are developing drugs with a high concentration of the flavonoids contained in celery.

 

However, a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables with plenty of fibre has a protective effect against all types of cancer.

 

Celery also contains anti-inflammatory compounds like apiuman which protects the digestive tract. Additionally, celery is a good source of Vitamin K which helps blood coagulation. It is therefore contraindicated for people taking blood-thinning medication.

 

The best way to eat celery to benefit from all its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties is in its raw form as cooking it can lose more than half its nutritional value. It is also best to chop celery just before consuming it instead of storing it in the fridge pre-chopped.

 

 

Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/12/elery-good-for-you-health-benefits-vegetable

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/lifestyle/food/x914326366/Nutrition-News-Celery-to-the-rescue

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=14

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