Celery is an annual plant that is more commonly known as being used with food dishes using its stalk.
What you probably don't realise is that its seeds are also highly nutritious.
Celery is a biennial plant meaning it has a lifespan of 2 years. While you are harvesting the stalk during this time make sure you only harvest the outer stems and not the main central one as this is what will bolt and shoot stems up which go to flower in its second year.
Wait until the petals fall off and they dry up and turn to brown before harvesting for its seeds
What Are They Good For?
Celery Seeds are high in Calcium and Manganese, in fact 1 tablespoon will provide you with 12% of your Calcium recommended daily intake and 27% of your Manganese intake. Calcium is essential for maintaining bone density and Manganese for formation of bone and tissue cartilage. Together they support bone structure and strength.
Regulates Blood Sugars
Celery Seeds are high in Magnesium which plays an important part of controlling your blood sugar by increasing your bodies response to insulin according to this study.
It is believed that Celery Seed has antibacterial properties which has come around due to studies like this one which shows it to have potential as a food preservative protecting against molds, bacteria & yeast.
Iron is a mineral needed within the body to produce red blood cells which are essential for carrying oxygen from the lungs to other parts of your body.
Celery Seeds give you 17% of your daily intake of iron though the type of iron you get from them is different to the type of iron you get from something like red meat.
Its called non heme iron and it is a little harder for your body to absorb. To make sure your body gets the most of it consume it along with vitamin C which will help your body absorb it better.
Celery contains around 25 different compounds that work against inflammation in the body.
It has been proven to be at least as effective as Asprin and Ibuprofen in supressing arthritis according to this study. and it reduces the gastric irritation such as ulcers from forming when you do take the likes of Ibuprofen according to this study.
What Products Do I Use It In?
The Anti-inflammatory Tea of course alongside Tumeric, Ginger, Nettle, Lemon Myrtle & Ground Pepper which sounds like an interesting combination but it actually tastes amazing, or at least I enjoy the sweet but spicy flavours with a lemon highlight.