Medieval herbal philosophy subscribed to the “Doctrine of Signatures.” This meant that the way a plant or food appeared indicated what part of the body that food was good for. It sounds a bit silly to us today, but what’s fascinating is that science sometimes affirms these antiquated claims.
Take celery, for example. This vegetable’s resemblance to human bones meant it must be good for the skeleton. Perhaps medieval herbalists were on to something!
Celery’s Supportive Role
In most culinary applications, celery plays a background role. Minced and stirred into chicken or tuna salad, it gives a nice, neutral crunch. Sautéed with carrots and onions, celery helps form the base for many soups, stews, and sauces.
But celery does more than just play a supportive role in cooking; it “supports” your body by nourishing your skeleton.
Celery Deserves Recognition as a Bone-Builder
Celery should be taken out of the dark crisper drawer and brought into the light! It’s full of bone-healthy nutrients that are also Foundation Supplements – nutrients that are vital for building bone – as described in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. Celery is also low in calories, making it an excellent source of fiber and nutrients for those who are watching their weight.
Celery Has Amazing Alkalizing Powers
This common vegetable is also one of the most alkalizing foods available. And because of its stellar nutritional profile and bone-specific nutrients, celery is included in the list of Foundation Foods provided in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
Celery is Full of Vitamin K
A Foundation Supplement, Vitamin K’s role in bone health is often overlooked by doctors. But Vitamin K is crucial to the bone-building process on a cellular level. It works with Vitamin D and osteocalcin, a calcium-binding protein, in the production and regulation of osteoclasts, which remove old bone to make room for new bone cells. Without Vitamin K, your bones are not able to absorb another important Foundation Supplement found in celery…
Calcium is one of the most prevalent minerals found in bone. Its role in osteoporosis management is undeniable, and even the mainstream medical community recommends calcium supplements to their osteoporosis “patients” (although they usually prescribe the wrong ones).
There are many more Foundation Supplements found in celery:
Folate (B9) is important for amino acid production. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and some of them bind to minerals to aid absorption.
Vitamin C, also an antioxidant, is ignored by Mainstream Medicine when it comes to bone health. But Vitamin C is essential to the formation of collagen, which binds the bone matrix cells together.
Manganese activates key enzymes, and it’s involved in the synthesis of connective tissue in bone.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), which helps in the formation of red blood cells and healthy nerves.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) helps release energy from food and is involved in various enzyme reactions.
Magnesium acts synergistically with calcium, and is important in many body processes.
Boron reduces the amount of urinary calcium and magnesium excretion and helps maintain healthy cell membranes.
In addition to these bone-specific benefits, celery packs other important minerals and vitamins, too, like Vitamin A and potassium. Celery also has lots of fiber.
There’s Yet Another Group of Crucial Nutrients in Celery
As if that were not enough, celery contains some amazing phytonutrients that have many other health benefits. In particular, there are three plant-based chemical substances that actually have been shown to lower blood pressure. They are:
Keeping your blood pressure under control is actually very important to your bone health. The main reason for this is the damage that high blood pressure can do to your kidneys. These twin organs are responsible for removing toxins and excess acid from your blood. So when your kidneys are not functioning well, every system in your body suffers, including your bones.
If you’re struggling to lower your blood pressure with ineffective and often dangerous drugs, please take a few minutes to watch this informative presentation.
A Bone-Healthy Celery Smoothie
Crunching a crisp stalk of raw celery is a simple and easy way to enjoy this Foundation Food. But you can also be creative and combine it with other ingredients that are good for your bones, as in the smoothie recipe below. It’s full of alkalizing fruits and vegetables that nourish your bones, and it’s refreshingly delicious.
Blend all ingredients in a blender, and enjoy!
Till next time,