Celeriac

Celeriac is also known as celery root. The leaves, stalk and root are edible and are root is often used to flavour soup as it is stronger in flavour than celery stalk.

Its antioxidant properties (high vitamin C content) can help protect cells,  including egg or sperm cells, against free radicals – so it’s a great food to support fertility health!
Its high vitamin C content gives it the antioxidant property.

KEY NUTRIENTS:

Vitamin K:

Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries as it regulates normal blood clotting. It can be particularly useful if you suffer from heavy and/or painful periods as it can help slow down the blood flow and reduce cramping.

By assisting the transport of calcium throughout the body Vitamin K may also be helpful for bone health a may reduce bone loss, and decrease risk of bone fractures. It may also help prevent calcification of arteries and other soft tissue.

Vitamin C:

Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissues, help with the absorption of iron, prevent scurvy, and decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Research shows that vitamin C protects against free radicals due to its antioxidant nature. It also helps neutralize the effects of nitrites (a group of commonly used preservatives), which many people come into contact with daily.

For fertility health vitamin C is important in the process of absorption and also in its ability to support the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.

Supplement forms of vitamin C are usually inferior compared to natural sources and my advice is to obtain this nutrient from your diet daily.

B Vitamins:

Overall this Vitamin group is necessary for energy production and the synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA. This is vital for your overall health but also for cell function, which includes egg and sperm cells and their genetic health and quality.

B vitamins are also required to help you metabolise (break down and use) carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They may also have a calming effect and help to maintain a healthy nervous system. They are particularly helpful for the maintenance of healthy skin and muscle tone.

Long term use of birth control can cause Vitamin B deficiencies.

Potassium: an electrolyte that counteracts the effects of sodium, helping to maintain consistent blood pressure – another important element for pregnancy.

Manganese: aids in the formation of connective tissue, bones, blood-clotting factors, and sex hormones and plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.

Phosphorus: plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It is also needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.

Iron: a mineral that the body uses to carry oxygen in the blood

CHINESE FERTILITY MEDICINE USES IT TO:

  • Dry Dampness to increase circulation
  • Strengthen the Qi
  • Supports the Kidney

Dampness: is a term that Chinese medicine uses to describe accumulated fluids. These are fluids that are not supportive to the body and include: mucus, phlegm or water accumulation (edema), which can cause a multitude of issues for fertility if they accumulate in the reproductive system (ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vagina, penis or testes.

They are at the root of many health disorders including fertility issues such as: PCOS, cysts, excessive vaginal discharge, thrush, urinary infections, fibroids, polyps, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, pelvic inflammatory disease, immune disorders (raised NK cells, Hashimotos, etc) DNA damage to sperm and eggs – and morphology issues with sperm. This list is not exhaustive but covers the main disorders that I see as having a ‘Damp’ involvement amongst my clients in the clinic. Dampness is renowned for blocking the body’s flow of healthy fluids, and so it interrupts healthy circulation.

Celeriac can help to ‘dry’ dampness by encouraging your body to remove the accumulated fluids over time – thereby supporting the root of the issue.

Strengthen Qi: Energy is called ‘Qi’ in Chinese medicine and most root vegetables have an energy supporting function. As described above under the B-vitamins, celeriac contains many nutrients that help in the production and use of energy. When there is a good amount of energy available your body can function properly and support all of the complex fertility processes that are happening each day. More serious energy deficiencies show up with adrenal or thyroid imbalances along with typical symptoms of tiredness and/or coldness.

Supporting the Kidney: is a term that refers to supporting the reproductive system as Chinese medicine links the kidney to the direct function of the reproductive system. This is because the Adrenal gland is a part of the kidney (sits on top of it) and is responsible for producing and releasing a variety of hormones – in men and women. It is therefore regarded as an organ that determines the healthy function of your fertility and should always be supported.

Celeriac can be prepared in many ways and used in soups, sauces, or served on its own with fish, meat, and with other root vegetables. Boiled and mashed, celeriac makes a delicious celeriac mash and can also be used to top dishes where potato would normally be used.

SEASON AVAILABLE: Late autumn to Early Spring

CAUTION:

Celeriac contains several furanocoumarin compounds like psoralen, bergapten, xanthotoxin and isopimpinellin, which may cause skin issues (photo-toxicity) in some sensitive individuals. It (along with celery stalk) should be avoided in large quantities in pregnant women. People on diuretic medications and anticoagulant medications should also use celery stalk and root sparingly.


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