Benefits of Celery Juice
By: Juneile R. Maxi
As we come closer to flu season, and with everything going on with Covid-19, there has been a huge surge in people drinking celery juice for it’s claimed benefits. With all of the nutrients packed into one head of celery, you can already guess why people are starting to integrate it into their daily routines.
Celery, on its own, packs a lot of vitamins and nutrients that promote gut health and anti-inflammatory properties. However, in order to benefit fully from these nutrients you would probably need to eat the whole head of celery, which is why it’s just best to juice the vegetable.
Celery is an amazing source for:
🌱 Vitamins K, A, B2, B6, and C
🌱 Pantothenic acid
Though there are few clinical studies on the benefits of drinking the juice there are many studies that have been done to examine the benefit of consuming the nutrients that can be found in celery. Two notable antioxidants that celery contain are apigenin and luteolin, which have been shown to significantly reduce inflammation in the body and aid with a number inflammatory related diseases such as asthma and arthritis. Studies, although still based on animal lab studies, have also shown that luteolin could prevent the spread of cancer cells and enhance the effectiveness of medical drugs used during chemotherapy while counteracting the negative side effects those drugs may have.
One of my favourite bloggers Sylvia Fountaine drank celery juice for 14 days, to see if the benefits were really worth it and within two weeks she felt noticeable changes in terms of her sugar and salt cravings, and digestive system. She also mentions her skin feeling more hydrated, feeling much less bloated, more energy and her joints feeling a lot less stiff and achy.
Celery juice activates your gut by restoring hydrochloric acid which aids in faster and more efficient digestion. This allows the stomach to break down foods that require a little more stomach acid such as protein. The celery juice will increase gastric mucus in the lining of the stomach which in turn allows for the healing and prevention of stomach ulcers and acid reflux.
A few more listed benefits are:
🌱 Lower cholesterol levels
🌱 Strengthens the immune system and helps fight infection, which is especially beneficial given the times, and flu season approaching so quickly. Celery juice contains strong antimicrobial properties that naturally boosting the immune system for optimal performance.
🌱Lower blood pressure
🌱 Anti-inflammatory as previously stated thanks to luteolin, apigenin, and polyacetalyne which are not only great anti-inflammatory agents but can also be great for soothing the nerves, providing calming and relaxing properties
🌱 Aids in liver function by reducing fat build-up which then allows the liver to better flush out toxins. So, you might want to try some celery juice in the morning after a big night out, no matter how much it makes you gag! 😂
🌱 Aids with overall skin health. Many people who swear by celery juice have claimed that their skin appearance improved significantly, clearing acne and other skin conditions. This is in part due to the high amounts of vitamins such as folate, potassium, vitamin B6, K, and C which help heal the skin from the inside out.
When drinking celery juice the best time to have it is in the morning before you anything else. It’s advised to wait about 20-30 minutes before drinking your first cup of coffee. However, if you have busy mornings try to have it 30 minutes before a meal. A fair warning, celery does have a high amount of sodium so be mindful of your daily sodium intake so as not to have any adverse effects on the body.
If you simply can’t find the time to juice one head of celery every morning, don’t worry, you can always make a large batch, enough to last you a couple days, and store what you don’t need in the fridge. If not, you can always just pop by Fruit de la Vie where they offer freshly made non-pasteurized celery juice!
Even if circumstances are against you, simply incorporating the juice into your diet a few times a week will still be beneficial to your over all health!
Happy juicing! 😄
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