I’ve always loved celery. I particularly enjoy celery soup. I also love pieces of celery cut up and eaten with dips. Just three sticks of celery counts as one of your “five a day” fruit and vegetables. Celery is such a versatile vegetable and good for you too. It’s great if you’re on a calorie controlled diet too as when eating celery, you actually burn more calories than you consume. Contrary to what you might think, it’s not the chewing of the celery that burns the calories but the body’s effort that goes into digesting the quite tough fibre of it.
Scientists have now discovered that celery is very good for our mental health too, as it contains a chemical which can actually help people suffering from brain diseases such as dementia, CJD and Alzheimer’s. Luteolin, an antioxidant found in celery was found to have anti-inflammatory properties that reduced brain inflammation in the brains of mice, when added to their drinking water. Brain inflammation has been linked to both Alzheimer’s, CJD and dementia. Luteolin works by acting on the microlegia, the brain’s immune system cells. Scientists are very excited about the results of the research, describing Luteolin as a “promising agent” and believing that in the correct dose it could be used to treat patients suffering from a wide range of debilitating brain conditions. Good news for Alzheimer’s, CJD and dementia sufferers everywhere. Here’s a recipe I’d like to share with you for a delicious Summer celery salad,which can be put together in minutes. The recipe is courtesy of The Shropshire Love Celery site.
CELERY, AVOCADO, PRAWN AND CUCUMBER SALAD
Ingredients: • 1 celery heart, cut into 1cm slices • 1 large avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced • half a cucumber, peeled, halved lengthways and sliced • 125-150g cooked and peeled prawns • 5 tbsp good quality mayonnaise • zest and juice of half a lime
Instructions 1 Mix the celery, cucumber and avocado in a bowl. 2 Scatter the prawns on top. 3 Stir the lime juice and zest into the mayonnaise, and mix into the salad.