Celery may be nutritionally useful, after all

The phytochemical luteolin is found in celery, thyme, green peppers, and chamomile tea, and may have a role to play in modulating the inflammatory response in our bodies. However, little was known about a possible mechanism for this health benefit, which might even reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and insulin resistance in some people. Now, Daniel Hwang of the Agricultural Research Service and colleagues have shown that luteolin and several other phytochemicals, quercetin, chrysin, eriodicytol, hesperetin, and naringenin, do have anti-inflammatory effects and the mechanism involves targeting the enzyme TBK1.