In folk medicine, celery is most commonly used for cleansing the body (especially blood), strengthening the nerves and as a cure for diseases of the bladder because it stimulates the urine secretion. Celery also purifies the liver, lowers sugar and blood pressure. It contains very few calories, so it’s a useful food during diets. It is the most useful if eaten raw and is not recommended for people with diseased kidneys and pregnant women. Health Benefits Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory support Cardiovascular support Digestive tract support Other health benefits Because chronic oxidative stress and excessive inflammation are key risk factors for the development of many cancer types, it’s not surprising to see scientists interested in the potential benefits of celery intake for cancer prevention. The following chart shows the nutrients for which this food is either an excellent, very good, or good source . If a nutrient is not listed in the chart, it does not necessarily mean that the food doesn’t contain it.