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Curious about the health benefits of celery juice? Is it really as amazing as people think? Two celery juice recipe methods included.
Celery juice! It's all the rage right now.
When I first learned about celery juice, back in April 2018, I was browsing Instagram and came across the Medical Medium. He shares a lot of incredible success and healing stories of people who have been drinking the juice daily. AMAZING, mind-blowing healing stories. Honestly, I may have shed a few tears at some of the stories. People truly suffering from awful diseases drank celery juice every single day and felt better. What?!
I quickly did a Google search to discover the health benefits of celery juice. Does it live up to the hype? Does science actually back it up? Should we take all the anecdotal evidence seriously?
The research shows that there definitely are proven health benefits of drinking celery juice.
- Celery has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, as shown by this study, due to the phytosterol and unidentified polar substances.
- These anti-inflammatory properties can help with acid reflux, bloating, IBS, constipation, acne, eczema, and other inflammation issues in the body.
- Celery juice is very high in vitamin K which promotes general bone and heart health.
- Because of celery's diuretic properties (high water content) and the fact that it contains magnesium, phthalides, and potassium, celery may actually help those with high blood pressure.
- It is high in vitamin C, which is critical for your immune system.
- Celery contains bioactive flavonoids that help to fight and prevent cancer cells.
Note that I am obviously not a doctor, just a person interested in health & nutrition. Always do your own research. Sources are linked within the text above.
Juice v. Smoothies
The general consensus is that smoothies are better than because smoothies retain the fiber in the fruits & veggies which help your body process the sugar slowly.
However, celery juice contains very, very little sugar - so this isn't a concern. As long as you are using celery juice as a supplemental part of your diet, and not a meal replacement, and you are getting plenty of fiber in your regular meals, the lack of fiber isn't a big deal.
Juice allows you to get a potent amount of nutrients in one go since your body doesn't have to worry about the fiber. Drinking the juice solo on an empty stomach, and within 10 minutes, helps this process.
Below, I included instructions both for making celery juice in a juicer and in a blender. I prefer the juicing method simply because I don't have to bother straining.
I bought this Breville juicer because it is cheaper than other juicers and has good reviews. It's also pretty easy to clean - many of the parts of dishwasher safe.
If you wish to use a blender for this celery juice recipe, I'd recommend using a more powerful blender to break the tough celery down. You will also need to strain it. A nutbag or flour sack towel would fine, but I personally prefer using a mesh strainer. It's quicker and easier to clean.
Admittedly, I have only been consuming celery juice off and on for a few months. But in that time, I have noticed several improvements to my health thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of celery juice.
- I have had stomach issues since I was a kid, and a gastroenterologist confirmed that I have a lot of inflammation in my gut. When I'm more consistent with drinking celery juice, I notice a significant reduction in GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and bloating. I am also more "regular" (no diarrhea, no constipation issues.)
- My skin is much clearer. Cutting out dairy reduced my cystic acne, but I still have a lot of smaller pimples that like to show up. The boost in vitamins that this juice offers and the anti-inflammatory effects help my skin.
- My jaw doesn't hurt as much. I have suffered from TMJ since I had braces as a teenager, and celery juice helps a lot with the inflammation.
I also want to note that drinking juice and smoothies typically throw my stomach for a loop. I can be super sensitive to raw foods. However, celery juice does not bother me at all. If you tend to be sensitive to raw food, I would recommend drinking just 2oz of this juice, perhaps even diluted with water, and see if you can tolerate it, and increase the amount from there.
Can you add other fruits & veggies to your celery juice? You can, of course, but the health benefits won't have quite the same impact as pure celery juice. If you cannot stand the taste of celery juice, you can add a cucumber or half of a green apple to help it along until you get used to it.
- 1 bunch celery
- 1 bunch celery
- ½ cup water - or more if needed
- Juice the celery using the instructions per your juicer.
- Roughly chop the celery and add to your blender with the water. Begin to blend. If it's not blending, add a little more water.
- Strain the celery pulp out using a wire mesh strainer, a flour sack towel, or a nut bag.
The nutrition information is for 6 ounces of juice.