Celery Juice Benefits
What are the health benefits of celery juice?
If you are asking this question. Then you’re in the right place.
Because, In this article, I am listing the health benefits of celery juice that are supported by Science.
But first, quick info on celery to set the stage:
Celery is a fibrous plant that belongs to the same family of carrot i.e Apiaceae. It can be eaten raw or cooked.
It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
In recent times, celery juice grabbed attention as a low-calorie snack and a ‘superfood’, both online and offline.
In fact, New York Times best-selling author Anthony William started a #CeleryJuiceChallenge on Instagram. He challenged people to drink celery juice daily for one week.
1. Relieves Constipation And Digestive Disorders
Celery juice improves the digestive system. The fiber present in the celery keeps the digestive process moving.
Eating dietary fiber eases digestion and helps in free bowel movements, thereby preventing irritable bowel syndrome(An intestinal disorder causing pain in the stomach, wind, diarrhea, and constipation (Source).
Also, eating high fiber food reduces the risk of colon cancer.
2. Possesses Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Celery is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Thereby, reducing the inflammatory diseases like asthma, osteoarthritis, Crohn’s disease, leaky gut, rheumatoid arthritis, bronchitis, lupus, gout, etc. (Source)
Also, it contains two beneficial antioxidants called apigenin and luteolin. According to Researchers, these antioxidants reduce inflammation and help in treating the range of inflammatory diseases that I mentioned above.
3. Reduces Free Radicals, Prevent Liver Diseases
Celery has antioxidant characteristics. And antioxidants neutralize free radicals(which can even cause cancer).
Its ability to flush the liver toxins reduces liver disease.
Additionally, celery also prevents urinary tract obstruction, rheumatic disorders, jaundice, and gout.
4. Balance Blood Sugar
Celery extract has many good properties, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial. Along with that, it has the property to lower blood glucose(blood sugar). (Source)
A study conducted on 16 peoples above the age of 60 found that celery extract significantly reduced the blood sugar level compared to the control group (placebo-treated). (Source)
5. Reduces High Blood Pressure
Antihypertensives are the chemical which helps in lowering the blood pressure.
A study conducted in 2013, investigated whether celery seed extract has Antihypertensives properties or not.
In that study, thirty participants with high blood pressure, consumed 75-milligram capsule of celery seed extract, two times a day for 6 weeks.
Results, significantly lower blood pressure in participants.
6. Improves Your Skin And Hair
Celery is rich in silica which is needed for beautiful skin, healthy hair, and nails. It can be a good detox drink because of its ability to cleanse the body. (Source)
Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing free radicals from the body. And minerals like potassium and magnesium present in celery maintain the pH of the skin. (Source)(Source). When your body’s pH is balanced and it’s free of toxins, that improves your overall skin health and quality.
7. Reduces Cholesterol Levels
A study investigated whether feeding celery leaf extract has any effect on cholesterol levels of rats fed a high-fat diet.
In that study, rats that consumed celery leaf extract showed a significant decrease in the bad cholesterol level or low-density lipoprotein (LDL), compared to those that did not receive the extract.
In another study (also conducted on animals), found that antioxidants present in celery may be responsible for reducing cholesterol levels by preventing the cholesterol stores from breaking and entering the bloodstream.
Possible Side Effects
In 1 medium (40 g) celery stalk, there are 30 milligrams (mg) of sodium present.
So, you should be careful about consuming the amount of celery. As a high sodium diet can cause high blood pressure and fluid retention, both of them can lead to health problems.
However, eating limited celery each day does not cause problems generally.
May Harm The Kidneys
Foods like celery, beet, spinach, etc. are high in dietary oxalates. These dietary oxalates when reacted with calcium ions in your body form calcium oxalate deposits a.k.a stones.
In other words: high celery consumption can cause kidney stones or Calcification in the kidneys.
Researches, studies have shown many positive sides of celery. From reducing blood pressure to balancing blood sugar, it is a healthy juice. Still, some studies are still in progress to get more details and information about celery.
As of now, moderate consumption of celery is healthy and will not lead to health issues.
In fact, people have seen positive effects on their bodies.
That said if you don’t feel good after drinking celery juice or eating raw celery. Then you should stop consuming it and consult the doctor.