BRAIN HEALTH | 4.20.2015 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, M.S.
You probably associate celery with your elementary school snack. Or you think of it as a negative-calorie food comprised of nothing more than fiber and water.
It turns out that celery might actually be good for the brain! It contains a flavanoid called luteolin, an anti-inflammatory compound. A 2010 Journal of Nutrition study found that luteolin inhibits microglia activation, the brain cells responsible for inflammation. Luteolin also improves spatial memory.
So, why should we care? Inflammation is implicated in cognitive decline as we age. It’s also involved with many brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. And spatial memory? Well, that’s always a good thing to have.
Ready to welcome celery back into your life? You can stick to peanut butter on celery sticks, or you can up your game and try this delicious Celery and Parmesan Salad.
If celery just isn’t your thing, that’s OK. Parsley and chamomile contain luteolin too!