Latin name: Apium graveolens (Linn.) (Apiaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Ajamoda
Celery is commonly eaten raw and is low in calories. It is also a rich source of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system. Celery seeds are credited with stimulant and carminative properties and are prescribed for nervine disorders. The fatty oil from the seeds is used in many medicinal preparations as an antispasmodic and nerve stimulant. The roots have diuretic properties.
Therapeutic constituents:Celery contains active compounds called phthalides, which are responsible for lowering blood pressure. It is also a rich source of vitamin C, minerals, sodium and phosphorus.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Celery regulates fluid balance and acts as a diuretic to flush out toxins.
- The vegetable is known to lower cholesterol.
- The active compounds in Celery relax the muscles around the arteries and allow blood vessels to dilate. With more space inside the arteries, blood can flow at a lower pressure.
Used in Himcospaz