The Power of Celery Juice
By Rebecca Hanzen, Health Educator, Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine
There’s a lot of hype surrounding the new fad of drinking celery juice. But that hysteria leads to a question:
Is this new fad really that good for you?
There certainly needs to be more research done on the specific claims presented about celery juicing. The reality about nutrition is that what works for one person may not work for another. In the medical field, we require science-based facts before we give our blessing on anything new supplement, herb or other healing theory.
With that being said, we whole-heartedly embrace supporting a natural food like celery, and here are some reasons why and some things to consider:
- The best celery to buy is organic; the plant is quite susceptible to environmental toxins, such as weed killers, so choose carefully at the store.
- If you want to try it, juice enough celery to make two cups and drink it daily on an empty stomach. Do so first thing in the morning – and have nothing else for at least 15 minutes – to get the most positive effects from this powerful healing food.
- We know that celery is very alkaline and helps neutralize the stomach acids as it helps to balance the bodies’ pH levels. For that reason, celery juice is thought to have powerful anti-inflammatory responses, as well as a calming effect on the tummy. It seems to help the stomach heal from many ailments, too.
Why It Seems to Work
As mentioned, the studies we would need to confirm these observations are still under way. But we do have many patients and clients who say how much better they feel now that they are juicing celery using the above tips.
Many gut issues people have, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leaky gut, colitis, food intolerances as well as constipation and diarrhea, seem to improve due to the calming effect of daily celery juicing.
Naturally high levels of sodium in celery are also thought to beneficial, but this light-green vegetable/herb is packs a powerhouse of minerals, not simply sodium. One beautiful thing about nutrition is that we’re all still learning, all the time, about the wonderful new capabilities in components of God’s foods.
Here’s a quick look at the nutrients you’ll find in one cup of chopped raw celery:
- 16.2 calories
- 3.5 grams of carbs
- 0.7 grams of protein and 0.2 grams of fat
- 1.6 grams of fiber
- 453 international units of vitamin A (20 percent of daily value
- 29.6 micrograms of vitamin K (37 percent)
- 36.5 micrograms of folate (9 percent)
- 263 milligrams of potassium (8 percent)
- 3.1 milligrams of vitamin C (9 percent)
- 40.4 milligrams of calcium (4 percent)
- 11.1 milligrams of magnesium (3 percent)
- Small amounts (0.1 grams) of manganese, vitamin B6 and riboflavin
The beauty of your body’s response to natural foods is that tiny trace of that little mineral may be exactly what you need. Why not give it a try yourself? You can join many people who are loading up grocery carts with beautiful heads of celery.
Remember to think of food as your medicine. It isn’t a quick fix, but often a journey of many wonderful benefits that slide into place. You may be amazed at how wonderfully you can live your life with the right combination of healing foods for your body.
It seems astonishing that celery, a little gem of a plant known for flavoring many dishes, might be such a mighty jewel in our nutritional wheelhouse. The benefits of juicing and their effective uses are important aspects in nutrition.