Straight out of the gate 2019 has it’s first big health trend. Move over Kale, Celery Juice is the hottest new ‘superfood’ to take over our Instagram feeds and blogs thanks to Anthony William, from Medical Medium.
For as long as we can remember, we’ve incorporated celery juice into our daily routines and we are so pleased to see the growing popularity of this ‘miracle tonic’. There is a myriad of health benefits associated with a daily dose of celery juice and the world wide web is catching on to this with many claims that celery juice has helped to heal everything from IBS to cancer to anything your GP can’t quite resolve.
While celery sticks as a snack aren’t hugely appealing to everyone (we’ve heard the term crunchy, stringy water thrown around!), when transformed into a juice you’re able to pack more servings of this wonder vegetable in each sitting and magnify the benefits.
To help you uncover whether this is just another fad or something that makes sense to include in your daily routine, here is the Food Matters guide on celery juice benefits.
Celery Juice is full of vitamins and phytonutrients!
This means it delivers great benefits that are so easy to consume in a daily juice routine! Plus, celery is a good source of dietary fiber with 1.6g of fiber in every 100g. This humble vegetable packs quite a punch!
So what do all these vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients mean for your health? When celery juice is consumed daily as a fresh morning juice, studies and reports show it:
1. Reduces Inflammation
A study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that apigenin (contained in celery) can help modify or reduce damage caused by inflammation and restore immune balance. Essentially it works by starving the pathogens, including unproductive bacteria and viruses, that create inflammation.
This revelation is incredibly beneficial for those suffering chronic and autoimmune disease as well as any of these conditions that create or are caused by inflammation: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), Lyme disease, migraines, vertigo, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diabetes, psoriasis, eczema, acne, lupus, Guillain-Barré syndrome, sarcoidosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, Ménière’s disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gout, bursitis, bloating, intestinal cramping, distention, acid reflux, vertigo, constipation, restless leg syndrome, tingles, numbness.
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2. Boosts Brain Function
The mineral salts in celery support the body’s central nervous system, helping reduce brain fog, anxiety, depression, memory loss, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and more.
The electrolytes found in celery are able to hydrate you on a deep cellular level which lessens your chances of suffering from migraines, anxiety, panic attacks, and assists with managing stress.
3. Improves Thyroid Function
The mineral salts in celery help to cleanse the thyroid of toxins, particularly the Epstein-Barr virus, and increase production of the thyroid hormone T3. This is particularly useful for anyone suffering hypothyroidism.
4. Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Studies are being conducted into the molecule apigenin and the flavanoid luteolin, both found in celery, to understand their effect on cancer cells. While we don’t have the evidence to suggest a ‘cure’ for cancer, a study published in Current Cancer Drug Targets said “Recent epidemiological studies have attributed a cancer prevention property to luteolin.”
5. Improves Gut Health
Anthony William, the Medical Medium, is the champion for celery juice and even goes as far as to say “Celery juice is one of the most profound ways, if not the most profound way, to restore digestive health. It is that powerful.”
Celery juice strengthens hydrochloric acid in the gut which is a critical element in digestion and keeping the digestive system alkaline. When hydrochloric levels are out of balance then food may not be sufficiently digested in the stomach leading to a lack of nutrient absorption from the food and bad acids to develop from the food rot. A good daily dose of celery juice can help rebuild the stomach’s complex balance of hydrochloric acid, strengthen the digestive system, lower the levels of bacteria, viruses and invaders thereby strengthening the intestinal linings and easing constipation and bloating.
6. Improves Mood
Because our emotions are connected to the gut, by improving gut health you can also see an improvement in your mood, particularly reversing feelings of fear, panic, shock or nervousness.
7. Supports the Liver
Celery juice can help detox the liver and repair liver cells enabling the liver to increase its bile production and function better, which in turn supports better digestive health. A sluggish, stagnant, fatty liver can worsen low hydrochloric acid symptoms in the digestive system, so by taking celery juice to improve both the liver and digestion, a whole host of symptoms can be remedied in one go.
8. May Lower Blood Pressure
The powerful nutrients in celery juice support better heart health in a number of ways. It lowers LDL cholesterol, reduces the effects of stress hormones such as cortisol, and relaxes smooth muscles inside the blood vessels which all support the lowering of high blood pressure.
9. Beauty Booster
Hair and skin can benefit from celery juice too! Being 95% water celery juice helps to hydrate and brighten the skin, and its high levels of vitamin A can positively affect hair by providing nourishment to the roots and stimulating growth.
10. Antiseptic/Antibacterial Benefits
Celery’s mineral salts are antibacterial and can kill bacteria such as strep, and can help cure urinary tract infections (UTIs), chronic sinus infections, acne, IBS, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), plus it encourages a healthy environment for “good” bacteria.
When these powerful mineral salts make contact with viruses such as Epstein-Barr, HHV-6, and shingles; bacteria such as Streptococcus and other pathogens—troublemakers responsible for chronic illness—the salts begin to break down the pathogens’ cell membranes, eventually killing and destroying them.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR CELERY JUICE
Some recommend starting the day with 16 ounces of celery juice daily on an empty stomach and waiting 15 minutes before eating a healthy breakfast to allow it to work its ‘magic’. By taking it first up in the morning you can strengthen your digestive system and set you in good stead for the rest of the day.
While slamming down a glass of plain celery juice may be beneficial, and exciting for a small few, it may be a difficult tonic to take. Celery is a wonder vegetable, but it doesn’t necessarily have a wonderful taste! Our preferred method is to juice it following this recipe bringing a fresh, balanced flavor with the addition of lime and cucumber.
If you’re getting started and can’t quite deal with the straight celery juice taste I encourage you to try the following recipe.
• Celery Juice
Fab or Fad? The Celery Juice Verdict
With so many incredible benefits packed into one small, easy to make glass of celery juice, this is one health trend we will be continuing to incorporate into our daily routine.
If you’ve got symptoms plaguing you or you feel that you could do with a health boost, why not try adding celery to your diet and see how much better you feel?
Let your local organic greengrocer know to keep this wonder vegetable in stock for you and get juicing!