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Drinking fresh celery juice has quickly become a trendy diet. We often have our patients asking us about it, it’s potential benefits, and if it “works”. The celery juice movement grew in popularity form Anthony William’s book Medical Medium. Williams asserts that celery has regenerating and healing properties that are enhanced when celery juice is drank on its own.
We have received many questions asking us if celery juice can cure autoimmune disease. The answer, probably not. However, it may have some small beneficial changes, without the risk of adverse side effects, so it may be worth a shot.
To be able to give firsthand advice, I decided to drink celery juice everyday for one month.
THERE ARE MANY CLAIMED BENEFITS OF DRINKING CELERY JUICE
Celery has powerful antioxidant characteristics to remove free radicals from the body. Therefore, it can potentially decrease the risk of getting cancer. The phytonutrient content of celery juice helps our bodies stop free radicals from destroying the DNA of our body cells. Also, two compounds in celery, polyacetylene and luteolin, make celery juice possess anti-inflammatory properties.
Drinking celery juice regularly may help prevent cardiovascular diseases, jaundice, liver disease, urinary tract obstruction, gout, and rheumatic disorders.
Celery juice has been marketed to reduce blood sugar levels, blood lipids, and blood pressure. In a study on diabetic rats, an extract from celery seed modified their glucose and insulin levels, improved weight, and increased antioxidant enzyme activity. Another study found celery leaf extract to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride, in animals with hypertension, or high blood pressure.
There is a high amount of natural sodium found in celery juice which can help you absorb the nutrients from the food that you will eat the rest of the day. Also, the enzymes in celery are thought to raise the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, making foods easier to digest and preventing fermentation. The salts in celery juice may also increase and strengthen our livers’ ability to produce bile. Strong bile is important for breaking down fats and eliminating wastes from our bodies. By virtue of this, drinking celery juice can boost the secretion of bile, which can help reduce cholesterol levels.
Celery juice is thought to improve the function of the digestive tract. It works as a natural laxative, and it can also help relax nerves that are sometimes damaged due to unhealthy lifestyle and food choices.
Because celery is high in calcium, silicon, and Vitamin K, drinking celery juice may also strengthen bones. Its high magnesium content may also help with individuals suffering from insomnia.
As celery juice is very low in calories and filling, it can perhaps help to reduce your total calorie intake for the day, and, by doing so, aid with weight loss.
Celery juice is also proposed to have profound benefits to your skin health. Celery has a high percentage of water and electrolytes, so it can improve overall hydration. The antioxidants in celery can help purify our skin and help it become clearer. It is also full of vitamins that help our bodies produce collagen and therefore can help in maintaining younger looking skin. Celery seeds have even been used in the treatment of skin conditions including psoriasis. Daily drinking of celery juice daily may also help with healthy hair growth.
If nothing else, celery is very dense in micronutrients. It is packed with vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate, manganese, calcium, riboflavin, magnesium, and vitamin B6 – all of which are nutrients that our bodies need in order to function. Unfortunately for many individuals, their diets are void of these nutrients; therefore, drinking celery juice daily may help provide nutrients that a Standard American Diet is missing.
With all of this being said, it is important to point out that there have yet to be any clinical trials or large human studies testing the effects of celery juice to treat/manage chronic conditions.
My plan was to drink 16 oz of fresh celery juice on an empty stomach every day.
To make 16 oz of celery juice, I found that you need about 1 full celery heart/bunch. Also, it is very important to use organic celery! Conventionally grown celery is laden with pesticides, and the celery juice protocol requires you to consume an abundance of celery, so it is very important to use organic, especially for this purpose.
Every morning I would take out my juicer, wash the celery to make sure all excess dirt is gone, cut off the very end of the celery, and then put it through the juicer.
I would then transfer the bright green celery juice to a large glass and add a few ice cubes (cold celery juice taste much better than room temperature). In the beginning I was adding some fresh lemon juice because I found that it tasted much better, though towards the end of the month I found that I was really enjoying the flavor of plain celery juice! That was surprising. You could also add a small amount of fresh ginger to your juicer to change up the flavor if you want.
If you do not have a juicer, no worries. You can use a high-powered blender to make celery juice. Simply cut up the celery add it to the blender with a small amount of water. Blend until smooth. Then using a cheese cloth or nut milk bag over a large bowl and pour the pureed celery into the nut milk bag. Squeeze and ring out as much juice as you can into the bowl!
WHAT I EXPERIENCED
Overall, though I did not experience any profound benefits from drinking celery juice, I did notice some improvements. For one, my digestion seemed to be nearly perfect. Although I typically do not have much issues in the first place, I felt even better than normal. In addition, drinking celery juice also helped to curb my appetite: Drinking a refreshing liquid in the morning that is hydrating seemed to keep me full for a while. I found I had less cravings throughout the day as well. In addition to digestion and appetite, I also found I had more energy and focus in the morning than usual. I also work out in the mornings, and found that I had increased stamina for both cardiovascular and weight training.
Some of the other benefits of celery juice – such as prevention of cancer and other chronic conditions – could not be assessed after 30 days. However, with that being said, I am confident that the consumption of anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals has set my body up for success.
All in all, by the end of the 30 days I was enjoying, and even looking forward to my green morning drink. I do plan on continuing to drink celery juice nearly every day, though I may skip a few – it does take a while to clean the juicer in the morning!
Drinking celery juice seems to be a realistic habit to start and maintain. Though I still do not think that celery juice can cure diseases, it may help alleviate some of the symptoms. Drinking celery juice may also help prevent chronic diseases as it is a good way to insure you are consuming an adequate amount of micronutrients.
Overall drinking celery juice as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle can help you achieve and/or maintain your goals.