Why should I drink celery juice?

Celery Juice hype

If you scroll through Instagram, you can hardly ignore it: celery juice is a trend!

The first time I read about celery was in the book Medical Medium by Anthony Williams. Then it reappeared in his other book Liver Rescue (both books highly recommended if you are interested in nutrition and health!) and on social media I suddenly saw people with a celery juice everywhere. Apparently it does some good, so, should we be drinking it too?

 


What do we know about celery

Celery contains: vitamins A, C, K, B vitamins, beta-carotene (converts to vitamin A), phytonutrients and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.

Studies have shown that:

  • Celery has powerful antioxidant activity to remove free radicals.[1]  

  • Celery is a natural diuretic and thus drains moisture from the body. In this way, it can also help to lower blood pressure.[2]

  • Celery also contains nitrate. This helps to dilate the blood vessels and the oxygen supply. Which can also lower the blood pressure.[3]

  • In rats, they find that celery can help reduce oxidative stress.[4]

  • And in one study in rats they see improvement in the function of the intestines.[5]


How does celery juice work?

Anthony explains that celery contains sodium (salt) clusters that bind to pathogens in our body and help excrete them. In this way, celery contributes to the detox of the body. The sodium salts also have an influence on the gastric juices, as a result of which all the other food you eat afterwards can be digested better. There have not been a great many studies on the effects of celery juice. Nevertheless, the positive effects of celery are known. Also, millions of people all over the world have noticed the effects of adding this juice to their healthy food pattern. From clear skin, better digestion, less bloating, more stable energy and clearer thinking to all kinds of chronic and acute conditions, such as migraine, auto-immune diseases, psoriasis and high blood pressure. Just to name a few… Sounds almost too good to be true! And secretly too easy. A bunch of celery every day and no luxury pills or superfoods, that even fits in a low budget diet.


How to enjoy the benefits of celery juice?

Drink at least 0.5 litres on an empty stomach in the morning (and possibly another glass in the afternoon). Fresh juice without being mixed with other vegetables, fruit or water.


What is it really like?

At first, you have to get used to the taste! Celery tastes slightly salty, sometimes a little bitter, sometimes a little sweet. Now I (Tessa) am used to an ultra green juice, so this is not so bad at all. After drinking celery juice a few times I almost like it! Cleaning the juicer every day is a pain, but apart from that, drinking celery juice feels good. I can’t share a mega transformation story yet, I don’t drink it long enough and not consistently enough. But I will keep you posted!


For the juicer cleaning crime I have found something

SAPJE now also has a celery juice in its range! Slowjucied, frozen and packed in glass. Our absolute favourite in the juice supplier. They deliver at home so I immediately bought a whole box of celery juice. For those days that I don’t feel like juicing myself and still want to stick to this new healthy habit. SAPJE also offers complete detox cures. Delicious! Everything delivered at home, shots, juices and soups. For 3, 5 or 7 days.

  • [1] W. Kooti, N. Daraei. A Review of the Antioxidant Activity of Celery (Apium graveolens L). J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Oct; 22(4): 1029–1034. Published online 2017 Jul 13. doi: 10.1177/2156587217717415
  • [2] N. Tabassum, F. Ahmad. Role of natural herbs in the treatment of hypertension. Pharmacognosy Reviews. 2011;5(9):30-40. doi:10.4103/0973-7847.79097.
  • [3] V. Kapil, R.S. Khambata. Dietary Nitrate Provides Sustained Blood Pressure Lowering in Hypertensive Patients. (2014, November.)
  • [4] J Cao, X Zhang, Q Wang. Influence of flavonoid extracts from celery on oxidative stress induced by dichlorvos in rats. Human and Experimental Toxicology. 2011 Nov; 11. https://doi.org/10.1177/0960327111426585
  • [5] T. Al-Howiriny, A. Alsheikh, S. Alqasoumi e.a. Gastric antiulcer, antisecretory and cytoprotective properties of celery (Apium graveolens) in rats. Pharm Biol. 2010 Jul;48(7):786-93

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