Celery is a refreshing vegetable, perfect in the summer during it's harvest season, cut up and eaten raw. It has the ability to neutralize acidity being highly alkaline. I like to juice celery as it blends well with other vegetables. Celery has the ability to purify the blood and may keep blood pressure levels in check, relieve muscle spasms, and improve appetite. It may also be beneficial in alleviating nervous system disorders and serve as a diuretic, sedative, and antioxidant. Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, advises that celery is "good for arthritis, gout, and kidney problems", but warns "do not use large amounts (and) do not eat the seeds if you are pregnant". Some of the nutrients found in celery are iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, selenium, zinc, etc., plus vitamin A, some B vitamins, vitamins C and E, as well as vitamin K which is good for helping to stop an excess of blood flow when you cut your skin. Look for organic celery as it may be heavily treated with pesticides.

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