Apium graveolens


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celery

Herbal medicine
A biennial plant of the parsley family, which is used as a folk therapy for hypertension (due to its content of butylphthalide), and has been used to increase local circulation in bursitis and gout. It has been held as an aphrodisiac.

Medspeak
Celery may evoke anaphylactic reactions; foods in the EU containing celery must be clearly labelled on the packaging.

Nutrition
Celery is popular in weight loss diets, given celery’s high bulk and low-calorie properties; it is popularly thought of as a so-called negative-calorie food—i.e., that it takes more calories to digest than it contains.

Apium graveolens,

n See celery.

Apium graveolens

celery; when infected with fungi it may produce phytoallexins including furanocoumarin, and cause photosensitization; can also contain toxic amounts of nitrate.
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