In Indonesia, celery is generally known as celeryadar as a complement to soupy food, like meatballs or soup. In fact, there are various health benefits of celery, even often used to treat various diseases.
Celery plants have many varieties from different countries. For example, Chinese celery, which is a type of celery with a strong taste and a darker color than usual.
Various Benefits of Celery
The part of the celery plant that is often used for medicine is the fruit and seeds which are dried, then squeezed into oil. In addition, there are also those who use celery to make similar drinks wine. Now, celery juice is also often produced as a medicine, and celery oil is produced in capsule form.
However, some of the benefits of celery as a drug have not been scientifically proven and need further research. Here are some alleged health benefits of celery:
- Streamlining mmenstruationCelery seeds may be effective for smoothing and easing menstrual discomfort. This is based on a clinical study using celery seeds,anise) and weeds (saffron) consumed for three days.
- Mrepel mosquitoes
The possibility of celery can be used as a mosquito repellent lotion. Research shows that mosquito repellent lotion products containing 5-25% celery extract can repel mosquitoes for up to four hours.
- Source essential mineralsCelery contains important minerals, such as potassium which plays a role in helping to regulate blood pressure, and manganese which is very involved in regulating brain and nerve function.
- Lowering blood pressureCelery contains phytochemicals otherwise known as phthalides, which can relax the muscle tissue within the artery walls to increase blood flow and in turn lower blood pressure.
- Improve memoryA study says, celery contains an antioxidant called luteolin which can improve memory. This material is also thought to reduce the risk of various diseases caused by the aging process, such as inflammation of the brain and memory disorders.
Generally, celery is safe for consumption and applied to the skin as a short-term treatment. However, celery may make the skin more sensitive to sunlight and cause inflammation. Also, note that celery seed and celery oil may not be safe for breastfeeding women and pregnant women. In very large amounts, celery may cause the uterus to contract.
Although many have explained the various benefits of celery, it turns out that consuming high amounts of celery in the form of drugs has the risk of causing several disorders, such as kidney disorders, bleeding, low blood pressure, and nervous system disorders. So you should not consume celery in excess. If necessary, consult a doctor first before consuming it as a herbal medicine, either directly, cooked, or in the form of supplements.