Benefits of Celery Juice

Benefits of Celery Juice

By Cynthia Thaik, M.D.

With nearly 150,000 Instagram tags, #celeryjuice has received more than a little attention recently. Having conflicting claims of its success and shortcomings found all over the internet, we decided to take a look at what the science says.

What Is In Celery Juice?

Celery is a long-stalked marshland plant belonging to the Apiaceae family. It contains folate, vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Celery is a particularly rich source of vitamin K, which plays a large role in blood clotting, metabolism and regulating blood calcium levels. Long used as a weight-loss superfood, it’s commonly believed that celery is a negative-calorie food. That means more calories are burned digesting it than are consumed – which science has shown not to be true. While celery doesn’t make you lose weight in that way, it is still successfully used as a weight loss ‘superfood’. In addition to weight loss, there are many other benefits that may surprise you.

Celery Juice and Heart Health

A 2017 review conducted in China by the Sun Yat-Sen University went over numerous clinical studies and experimental research that looked at how different vegetables affect heart health. Among a handful of others, celery was mentioned to have cardioprotective effects including; antioxidation, anti-inflammation, and the reduction of platelets that may cause a heart attack or stroke. Vitamins, botanic proteins and phytochemicals found in this vegetable have shown to attenuate myocardial damage and modulates the signaling pathways of certain biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease. In addition, celery was found to decrease the secretion of cytokine which is a protein that signals inflammation as well as inhibits apoptosis (the programmed death of a cell).

Antioxidants Found in Celery Juice

Oxidative stress is the process in which free radicals introduced to your body by food, medicine, or pollution steal electrons from your cells and cause cellular, protein and DNA damage that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, atherosclerosis, and cancer. Celery is widely known for its abundant antioxidant content. Reviewing nine studies looking at the antioxidant activity of celery. Researchers found celery contains the antioxidant acting compounds caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, apigenin, luteolin, tannin, saponin, and kaempferol. The review concluded that because its powerful and diverse antioxidants, celery can have numerous healing effects on the body.

Celery Juice and Gut Health

Easing digestion is the first step to gut health. Plentiful in water and fiber, celery juice may alleviate an abundant number of digestive disorders. This is because it keeps you regular, aiding in elimination, and supports healthy cells in the colon. Celery contains compounds known as coumarins, which are known to enhance white blood cell activity and aid in metabolism. Rich in minerals and mineral salts, celery juice aids the absorption of nutrients. Over time the minerals and mineral salts also assist in the restoration of the stomach’s’ hydrochloric acid, therefore strengthening digestion. Furthermore, a 2010 study showed celery to have a significant ability to replenish mucus and act as a powerful protector against stomach ulcers.

Is Celery Good for Your Kidneys?

Kidneys remove excess water and waste from the bloodstream and eliminate it from the body through urine. To function properly, kidneys must have a steady balance of salts and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium – all of which are found in celery. Juicing celery allows a higher concentration of these minerals to be consumed which can correct imbalances that may impede healthy kidney function. Other vitamins such as Vitamin K, which is also found in celery, can build up in bodies that are unable to process the nutrient properly. People with decreased kidney function could see ill effects when this happens such as nausea and dizziness. While celery juice may be quite beneficial to your kidney health, it is a good idea to consult your physician if you are on dialysis or if you are exhibiting any symptoms of kidney disease.

When Should I Drink Celery Juice?

The author Anthony William behind ‘Celery Juice: The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time Healing Millions Worldwide’ wrote “The best time to drink celery juice is in the morning on an empty stomach before you consume anything else other than water or lemon water (wait at least 15 to 30 minutes after the lemon before having your celery juice.” Roughly 16 ounces a day is recommended but it’s believed that up to 32 ounces a day may be even more beneficial. For those sensitive to the juice, you can start with 8 ounces and work your way up. Starting with cucumber juice (which is known to be quite gentle) can help your body adjust while you slowly introduce the celery juice over time. Organic celery is preferred and is best consumed immediately after juicing to maximize benefits.

Is it Safe To drink Celery Juice Every Day?

Juicing provides more nutrients per volume than eating whole fruits or vegetable. Celery is full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that take a big dip out of your daily recommended values. Many people choose to incorporate the juice into their life much like they would a daily multivitamin. The celery juice guru Anthony William recommends it every day. Many celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Busy Philipps, and Miranda Kerr are daily drinkers of celery juice. Jenna Dewan, Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pharrell Williams, and Robert De Niro are also avid supporters. To know if drinking celery juice daily is right for you, visit your local health care provider. If you’ve never had celery before it’s important to be tested for any food allergies you may have first to avoid causing any severe allergic reactions.

Celery Juice Recipes

celery juice recipe

With its outstanding popularity and long list of health benefits, it’s easy to see why people are turning to celery juice to start their day. Here are a few pointers to get you started should you decide celery juice is right for you. To make celery juice in a juicer: run your celery stalks through first– extracting fiber and leaving you with the juice. Then add the remainder of your ingredients. One small bunch typically makes about 16 ounces of juice. When using a blender: blend your celery until you reach a smoothie texture. To remove the excess pulp, strain the mixture by pouring it into a bowl covered by cheesecloth or other straining material. To get you started, we’ve provided a few recipes that will give your juice an extra kick in flavor and health benefits.

The Super Green

1 medium heart of celery
2 Large green apples
1 Large cucumber
1 large peeled lemon
1 bunch of chopped kale

Ginger-aid Celery Juice

1 medium heart of celery
1/2 English cucumber
1 large green apple
1/2 lemon
1-inch knob of peeled ginger

Lemon-Apple Celery Juice

1 medium heart of celery
1 Large green apple
½ medium bunch of parsley (with the stems)
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

Heart Super Juice

1 medium heart of celery
1 apple (your choice)
1/2 large cucumber
1 clove of garlic
1/4 Fennel Bulb

The Immunity Booster

1 medium heart of celery
1 Granny Smith apple
4 stalks of kale
½ a peeled lemon
1 bunch of chopped kale
1 handful of blueberries

 

About the author

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D. is a Harvard-trained cardiologist serving the greater Los Angeles community at her holistic health center in Burbank and Valencia, CA. Dr. Thaik is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core. To learn more about Dr. Thaik or the Holistic Healing Heart Center, or to schedule an appointment, please contact info@drcynthia.com or call (818) 842-1410.