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Celery juice is all the rage at the moment, but is it for real?

By January 20, 2019Lifestyle

Look on Social Media platforms for current health trends and you will find lots of people claiming celery juice is the new found cure for lots of common ailments including inflammation, weight loss, digestion issues, fights infections, boosting energy and more.

What we found with a bit of digging around is that there is very little scientific evidence to support these claims. Most of where the claims for celery juice comes from appear to link back to Anthony William (A.K.A The Medical Medium), who has a huge Facebook and Instagram following. Anthony writes about celery juice here.

A number of registered Dieticians including Laura Drayer, Ashley Koff and Natalie von Bertouch state similar conclusions – that there are benefits to celery juice and celery as a whole food, however there is no scientific evidence that it is a cure all for many of the ailments claimed. It is a recommended part of balanced diet and does contain a high dose of nutrients that are extremely beneficial for you.

A glass of celery juice contains around 40 calories and provides the following nutrients:

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is an important factor in bone health and wound healing. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that makes proteins for healthy bones and normal blood clotting. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, Vitamin K helps produce four of the 13 proteins needed for blood clotting.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is good for healthy vision, skin, bones and other tissues in the body. Vitamin A often works as an antioxidant, fighting cell damage. It also has many other uses including supporting a healthy immune system and promoting healthy growth and reproduction.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that can boost your blood antioxidant levels. This may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease. It also helps prevent iron deficiencies by improving iron absorption.

Beta Carotene

The human body converts beta carotene into vitamin A (retinol). Beta Carotene is a precursor of vitamin A. The advantage of dietary Beta Carotene is that the body only converts as much as it needs.

Phytonutrients

Among the benefits of phytonutrients are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Phytonutrients may also enhance immunity and intercellular communication, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism.

Calcium 

Your body needs calcium to build and maintain strong bones. Your heart, muscles and nerves also need calcium to function properly.

Iron

Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body. Hemoglobin represents about two-thirds of the body’s iron. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

Magnesium

One of the seven essential macrominerals and helps prevent problems with bones, the cardiovascular system, diabetes and other functions.

Potassium

Another of the seven essential macrominerals. Supports blood pressure and cardiovascular health, bone and muscle maintenance and helps maintain an alkaline environment in the body.

There is absolutely no doubt that drinking celery juice is a great way to add a wealth of nutrients into your day. It’s light, refreshing and gives you energy without adding too many calories into your diet. So enjoy it or don’t, I know I will be adding it to my ever increasing daily healthy habits!

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