If you’re still drinking kale juice, we’re here to tell you that’s so 2018. Celery juice is the latest health trend that’s taken over social media, seemingly overnight.
Sure, celery tastes great when you slather some PB on top, but drinking an entire glass of the juiced vegetable seems less appealing. So what gives? Well, celery is the latest cure-all, according to wannabe health gurus on Instagram and YouTube. People claim celery juice offers a wide-range of benefits, from lowering inflammation, to helping with weight loss, preventing ulcers, and even clearing up acne.
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But before you buy up all the celery at your local market, here’s what you should know about the alleged health benefits of celery juice before running to make yourself a glass.
Where did the celery juice trend start?
It may seem like celery juice just popped up out of nowhere to dethrone kale as the ultimate king of green, but The Atlantic traced its origins back to “Medical Medium” Anthony William. On his personal website, where he includes endorsements from celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert DeNiro, William claims to have diagnosed his grandmother with lung cancer when he was four years old. Since then, he’s “read” people’s conditions and offered treatment advice despite not having any formal medical education.
More than a million people follow William on Instagram, where, in his bio, he claims to help “people overcome illness” and is the “originator of global celery juice movement.” Other Instagram users frequently share William’s posts about the purported benefits of drinking celery juice, including conditions it may help treat. Open up Instagram and you’ll find more than 63,000 posts dedicated to #celeryjuice.
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| 12 REASONS TO DRINK CELERY JUICE | 1. Lowers Inflammation Celery juice starves the unproductive bacteria and viruses that are behind inflammation. _ 2. Supports Weight Loss Celery juice helps to clean up & detoxify the liver and a sluggish, toxic liver is behind mystery weight gain. _ 3. Aids Digestion Celery juice restores hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach for better long-term digestion. _ 4. Reduces Bloating Celery juice prompts the liver to increase bile production and strengthens the stomach’s hydrochloric acid production. Old undigested, rotting protein and rancid fats trapped at the bottom of the stomach and in the small intestinal tract can then be broken down, helping bloating. _ 5. Helps Eczema & Psoriasis The undiscovered cluster salts in celery juice break down the cell membranes of the pathogens responsible for eczema, eventually killing and destroying them. _ 6. Fights Infections Celery juice enhances your entire body’s immune system. White blood cells absorb the sodium cluster salts in celery juice through their cell structure & then use them as an offense mechanism, not just a defense mechanism. _ 7. Helps Prevent UTI’s Celery juice is an antiseptic to streptococcus bacteria, which is the true unknown cause of Urinary Tract Infections. _ 8. Healing For Acne Celery juice’s undiscovered sodium cluster salts are toxic to bacteria, including streptococcus in the liver and lymphatic system, which is the real cause of acne. _ 9. Prevents High Blood Pressure Celery juice helps stabilize blood pressure by cleansing the liver of Liver Troublemakers (see Liver Rescue for info), which leads to healthier blood that can be easily pumped by the heart. _ 10. Helps Lower High Cholesterol Celery juice helps cleanse and strengthen the liver, and breaks up undigested rotting proteins & fats that contribute to a sluggish liver, which is behind high cholesterol. _ 11. Helps Prevent Ulcers Celery juice helps destroy the bacteria responsible for ulcers. _ 12. Protects Liver Health Your liver’s individual immune system relies on the undiscovered sodium cluster salts inside of celery. _ @medicalmedium @celeryjuicebenefits #medicalmedium #celeryjuice
So, what are the actual health benefits of celery juice?
Let’s just start off by saying that drinking celery juice is not proven to cure or treat any ailment.
“Research to support any health benefit of celery juice to humans is basically non-existent, despite what a number of blogs and woo-filled websites have to say,” Ali Webster, Ph.D, R.D, and Associate Director of Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Council Foundation, explains to MensHealth.com.
But that’s not to say there aren’t studies looking at the benefits of celery. A 2013 study showed that people with mild to moderately elevated blood pressure were able to lower the number by taking celery seed extract. Researchers believe this benefit is due to a chemical compound called butylphthalide, which some studies suggest may keep your brain healthy and reduce risk of stroke.
In 2014, a study conducted in gerbils found that a flavonoid in celery lowered inflammation and slowed the growth of cancerous tumors. But these studies are preliminary, and much more research needs to be done (in people!) before doctors will recommend eating celery for brain or heart health.
Webster doesn’t discredit those who say celery juice makes them feel healthier, but she warns that anecdotal evidence isn’t supported by science.
“Health benefits are often multi-faceted,” she says. “If a person has made the decision to start drinking celery juice, they’re probably making other changes as well, like eating better overall, going to the gym, or at the very least, starting to pay attention to what and how they eat (even if it’s subconsciously).”
However, that doesn’t mean that celery isn’t a smart snack–it’s just not going to clear up your acne.
Celery is full of fiber, magnesium, and potassium, which are important for regularity, bone and heart health. The crunchy vegetable is mostly water, which makes it very hydrating, says Webster. And since celery is low in calories, it can be especially good for those trying to lose weight. But celery alone will not make you drop pounds fast.
And as Lisa Young, R.D. and nutrition professor at NYU, explained to The Atlantic, juicing your vegetables doesn’t make them any more beneficial.
“You don’t have to drink it; you can also chew it,” she says. “Whatever happened to chewing?”
By Melissa Matthews