On the “veggie tray” at gatherings, it’s the vegetable that’s usually leftover.
The one that gets eaten last, if at all, when its more colorful veggie partners are long gone.
Yet this humble looking vegetable is a nutrient-packed “cancer-fighting superfood.”
What is it?
Yes, celery is more than a scoop for dip or ants on a log.
And it’s more than a “high-volume” helper for your daily juice.
Turns out celery has some powerful anti-cancer compounds – apigenin and luteolin.
They’re anti-oxidants, fighting free radicals.
Apigenin also causes cancer cells to kill themselves (this process is called apoptosis.) In a 2013 in vitro study, it killed up to 86% of lung cancer cells, and other studies have found it to be potentially very effective at killing other kinds of cancer cells, including ovarian, breast and pancreatic cancer.
Luteolin fights cancer by short-circuiting cancer cell replication. In a mouse study, luteolin cut tumor rates in half, and slowed tumor progression.
Celery has some other important benefits. It’s a power anti-inflammatory, rivaling that of drugs.
It provides vitamins A, C and K, along with folate and potassium.
Celery aids digestion and lowers blood pressure.
Celery is awesome!
Eat it. Juice it.
If you don’t like eating celery, try juicing it along with other vegetables and fruit to mask the flavor.
Give your body all the cancer-fighting tools it can use to promote health.