Celery Juice: Miracle Food or Fad?
Have you heard of celery juicing + ever wondered what it’s all about? Celery juicing is a new trend started by Anthony William, the author of Medical Medium. William claims that his celery juice technique, which is drinking 16 ounces of straight celery juice on an empty stomach every day, has healed millions of people that are suffering from a variety of issues. Some of these issues include acute + chronic illnesses, digestive issues, skin conditions, fatigue, autoimmune illnesses, brain fog, migraines, ++ more. What’s so special about celery juicing? Here’s what we found!
#1] CELERY IS PACKED WITH VITAMINS
Celery has a long list of nutritional content that includes vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, electrolytes, water, + minerals. It also has a low glycemic index which means that the lower the glycemic index value, the more slowly it will be digested, absorbed, + metabolised, further causing a lower ++ slower rise in blood sugar.
#2] A SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants are substances that are able to prevent + slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that the body can produce which often damage cells throughout the body. Antioxidants can be natural or artificial, but specific plant-based foods, such as celery, can be rich in antioxidants. Protecting cells, blood vessels, + organs from oxidative damage are traits of antioxidants. These antioxidants can help reduce inflammation within the body. Inflammation is often the source of many health issues within the body. Celery cannot cure the entirety of the inflammation, but it can help it.
#3] DIGESTION SUPPORT
While celery’s antioxidants can help protect the digestive tract, celery also contains pectin-based polysaccharides such as apiuman that studies have shown slow inflammation. Some common gastrointestinal issues include irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, diverticulitis, ulcers, + more. Majority of celery content, nearly 95 percent, is water. Celery that is not juiced has a great source of fiber as well, but juicing it will lose the fiber that helps in the digestive process. Celery can have an alkalizing effect! Since celery has minerals such as magnesium, iron, + a hint of sodium, celery can help neutralize acidic foods.
#4] IS IT THE SUPERIOR VEGGIE?
There is no evidence leading to the fact that celery is better than other fruits + vegetables. It absolutely does have great vitamins + nutrients to it, but that doesn’t mean that you should solely rely on celery. It is important to have a range of fruits + vegetables to be able to receive + absorb different vitamins ++ minerals to stay healthy//balanced.
#5] WHAT IT CAN’T DO
— It cannot cure cancer. There are lots of factors that go into the development of cancer, there is not one food that can prevent//cure cancer. Here are some prevention methods for cancers impacting women!
— Directly lower cholesterol. There is not enough evidence that points to lowering cholesterol, but in the long run it can promote gut health + lower risk of heart disease.
— Make you lose weight. Celery can help your bowel movements through fiber ((but not by not juicing)) + help hydrate you through its water content, but it will not directly cause weight loss.
— Clear your skin up. There is no direct evidence that states celery juice will cure skin problems, but since celery is majority made up of water + water has a huge impact on skin health, there are absolutely ties to help skin health through its water content.
So is celery juicing worth all the hype? Like any wellness trend, it is really easy to hop onto the idea without researching it first. There are benefits, but some of the health claims are under-researched or false. We are not licensed health professionals, so the information found on celery juicing is purely through research. If you want to start adding celery to your meals, here’s a great smoothie recipe to start with!