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Author Topic: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal  (Read 5126 times)

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Research shows the ability of celery juice and celery extracts to lower the activity of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), as well as the activity of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB). Decreased levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin 1B (IL-1B) and interleukin 8 (IL-8) have also been seen in these studies. All of these four messaging molecules play a key role in the body's inflammatory responses, and keeping them in check is an important step in the prevention of unwanted inflammation.

LONG, DETAILED article here with excellent nutritional information and studies about Celery. It turns out that eating it chopped is DIFFERENT nutritionally from eating it whole!  :o And don't let the bitter taste of the leaves stop you from eating them. They are important for your health.  ;D

Be sure to use the leavesóthey contain the most vitamin C, calcium, and potassiumóbut use them within a day or two as they do not store very well.


MORE GOOD INFO: Many people assume that celery leaves are poisonous because they associate them as being a member of the same family as nightshade.

Nightshade Vegetables

However, celery is actually not a member of the nightshade, but is an umbelliferae, whose brothers and sisters include carrots and fennel. In any event, nightshade is indeed described as "moderately poisonous," and it is indeed a Solanum, a member of the same family as potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant. But you can't extrapolate from one member to another and assume that all Solanums are poisonous just because one of them is, (although it pays to check: With some nightshade relations, such as the  potato, the leaves are indeed toxic).

Nightshade vegetables include those vegetables which come under the family Solanaceae. In the early years these vegetables were believed to be poisonous. The poisonous and evil effects of these vegetables gave them the name 'Nightshade Vegetables'. Some believe they grow in shade and are poisonous hence they got this name. Well, as there are controversies regarding its name, the same case is with its harmfulness. Some claim that they are harmful and some say they are not. Let's check out which all vegetables come under this category.

Nightshade Vegetables List
Pepper (Except black and white pepper)
Garden Huckleberry
Ground Cherries
Previously tomato and other plants were used as show plants and were not eaten but later it was included in the daily diet.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12


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