Celery juice is seen as the latest miracle juice by wellness influencers. Proponents of the drink claim getting your celery juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach will change your overall health and wellbeing.
Some claims include reducing acne scars and wrinkles, or even preventing cancer, but these beliefs are unfounded. Although there are health benefits to drinking celery juice, it appears that there are a few myths as well.
There are many self-acclaimed health gurus on social media at the moment who swear by celery juice based on personal accounts rather than facts or research. Therefore, I hope this article will give you some insight into the facts and myths around the celery juice phenomenon.
Why is Celery Juice So Popular?
The latest graze originated with Anthony William, a self-proclaimed medical medium. There is no evidence that he studied nutrition or medicine, instead relying on his connection with “spirits.” Williams believes that “the science behind the healing powers of celery juice is just yet to be discovered.” But until today, unfortunately, none of his celery juice claims are scientifically supported or proven.
However, the celery plant does contain phytonutrients, chemicals with anti-inflammatory and antioxidants activities. Scientists admit that celery can be beneficial to our health. There is no proof yet what the best dose would be for humans.
Drinking a glass of celery juice every day won’t harm you, but just like juicing other vegetables or fruits, it just ends up removing the fiber. So the popularity of celery juice is more an Instagram trend driven by a self-proclaimed medical medium than solid scientific research.
But Are There Benefits?
It is always better to consume vegetables naturally, but celery juice could be a good addition to a healthy diet. You will still get essential nutrients with celery juice, which can benefit some who lack it in our daily diets, e.g., potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
As mentioned before, celery juice does have anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties. It also contains electrolytes, which are beneficial for staying hydrated. Electrolytes help us to balance the amount of water in our bodies. Celery juice is also said to be lower in sugar, making it a healthier alternative to other fruit juices.
Unfortunately, celery juice is not the latest miracle juice and doesn’t offer you a cure for all ailments in your body. There will always be a new detox diet on the block and a better health guru on social media, but if you are serious about your health, it is safe to say that you should trust the experts.
You don’t have to completely turn your back on what is available on the internet. Still, you should research and ensure that reliable institutes have scientifically proved it. There is no harm and no foul in trying something for yourself to see what the fad is all about. Remember to keep an open mind, but also take into account who your source is.
I must admit that juicing celery on its own was not on my favorite tried and tested list, but once I started searching for more optional recipes, I did find one that suited my taste buds. Adding apple and ginger does enhance the celery juice taste, and I also used the stalks and the leaves.
Drinking it every morning on an empty stomach was not enjoyable at all. Having celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that tends to cause inflammation, I thought this might be a practical experiment when I experience a reaction.
What did I have to lose? After all, I’d done my research about celery juice and its anti-inflammatory properties, right? From my personal experience, I can confirm that it did relieve inflammation, and I would consider it if I experienced inflammation again. Still…consuming it every morning? I think not.
In The End
There is still a lot to be researched on this topic, but while celery is healthy for you, it’s not a universal cure-all. Like any other new trend on the market, you should always consider the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Follow your gut or get the facts from the experts before you try something new you saw on the internet. We live in an age where we want quick fixes for everything, but unfortunately, there are no quick fixes for our health, so whether you tackle the green juice or not, remember to do it for the right reasons!