Anti-inflammatory activity of celery

A study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research(1) suggests that celery juice and celery extracts may help reduce activity by tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-A) and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-KB), proteins that are linked to inflammatory problems.

Another study published in Planta Medica(2) suggests that the luteolin in celery may be able to inhibit the production of COX-2, an enzyme that triggers inflammation.

All of these 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. 


Hostetler, G. et al. (2012). Flavone deglycosylation increases their anti-inflammatory activity and absorption. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, vol. 56, no. 4, 558 – 569.

Ziyan, L., et al. (2007). Evaluation of the anti-inflammatory activity of luteolin in experimental animal models. Planta Medica, vol. 73, no. 3, 221 – 226.