Celery juice is the latest nutrition craze, taking over Instagram feeds and wellness blogs. What are the health benefits and is it all just hype? Could this health tonic be the answer to your health prayers?
What exactly is in celery that makes it such a power food?
It is 90% water so it is very hydrating. It is also full of these nutrients:
- vitamins A, K, and C
- beta carotene
Based on these nutrients, studies suggest many health benefits but here are a few of the big ones:
Lowers Blood Pressure- Celery contains a phytochemical that relaxes the tissues of the artery walls which causes increased blood flow.
Reduces Inflammation– This 2012 study shows that juicing celery is an effective way of consuming flavonoids, specifically luteolin which has anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation in your body can cause aches and pains but also skin irritations like blemishes and eczema.
Boosts Immunity– Celery is high in vitamin C which improves and maintains healthy immunity.
Regulates Digestion– Scouring the internet I have found many people report that drinking celery juice each morning has improved their digestion and, made them more regular. This might be due to the claim that celery juice increases natural production of stomach acid which helps digest the food you eat.
Reduces the Harmful Effects of Chemotherapy- Celery is a natural antioxidant and helps prevent oxidative stress. Studies suggest this is incredibly beneficial for chemo recipients.
And many more claims to health fame. Just ask Dr. Google.
The suggested dosage:
For maximum benefits, celery juice should be consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. How much? The jury is still out. If you tend to have a sensitive stomach, try 2oz and see how that goes. 8 oz is probably more than enough though some prescribe 16oz per day.
Simply take a few stalks of celery and juice away. If you have a blender you can blend up the celery and strain the pulp with a cheese cloth. Please note that this is JUSt celery juice. No sweeteners should be added.
You can also add celery juice to smoothies if you can’t take the taste of it alone. Though there isn’t much taste to it in my opinion.
Juicing removes most of the fiber content which makes it more potent and easier to consume the nutrients but it increases the calories and sugars a bit (42 calories . Still, consuming fruits and vegetables in juice-form is still better than not consuming them at all!
Let me know if you give it a try!