The zero waste humble green sticks called celery reached the "it" veggies to juice chart back in 2019, taking up precious real estate on our social media feeds with endorsements from celebs and self-proclaimed wellness gurus.
Eating celery stalks, while very healthy and important, is not the same as drinking pure celery juice. When celery is juiced, the pulp (fibre) is removed, and we believe it's healing benefits become much more powerful, especially for someone with chronic illness. You’ll also be able to consume far more celery as juice than you would by eating it.
Celery juice is most powerful when you drink it solo. While it’s great to consume other green juices or vegetables juices and add in items like cucumber, spinach, kale, parsley, cilantro, ginger and apples, drink those mixed juices at a different time than your straight celery juice. These blends function differently than what we are recommending as your greatest tool for recovering your health: pure celery juice taken on an empty stomach.
What are the 'healing effect' claims?
Members of the ‘celery juice movement’ claim it has profound healing effects that can change the lives of those battling chronic illness. The list of conditions it’s been claimed a daily juice can help is lengthy, ranging from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) to eczema, fibromyalgia to psoriasis and even cancer. The fact these claims have yet to be substantiated isn’t of concern to Williams, who simply says that science hasn’t got there yet. His source, he insists, is ‘the spirit’ who communicates with him. His proof? The thousands of supporters who confirm the positive effects on their own health. ‘Celery juice is not easy to make and it doesn’t taste very good, so for it to thrive to this degree is testament,’ he has said.
To start, not only does It contains anti-aging flavonoids which stave off wrinkles, eating celery provides you with a good range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including vitamins K, A, B6 and C, folate, riboflavin, potassium, manganese, calcium and magnesium.
The Medical Medium website says celery juice is saving lives as it restores people’s health, one symptom at a time. It claims the juice can:
• Heal the gut and relieve digestive disorders
• Balance blood sugar, blood pressure, weight and adrenal function
• Neutralize and flush toxins from the liver and brain
• Provide the brain with electrolyte support to counter disease
• Treat a vast range of chronic and mystery illnesses, including fatigue, brain fog, acne, eczema, addiction, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), thyroid disorders, diabetes, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), eating disorders, autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease and eye problems
Are There any studies into the health benefits?
The long list of claims made by the Medical Medium and other advocates on social media suggests celery juice is nothing short of a miracle. But what does the existing science really say?
HEART HEALTH BENEFITS
Celery contains antioxidants and has been shown in pharmacological studies to demonstrate activity that may help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lowering heart disease risk – although the blood pressure reduction does seem to come from the seeds rather than the sticks.
Celery is high in antioxidant flavones and polyphenols, which are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
The anti-inflammatory lifestyle will help banish depression and fatigue, boost energy and let you live your best life.
The apigenin in celery is also thought to stimulate neurogenesis (growth and development of nerve cells). A 2009 mice study found it improved learning and memory.
PROTECTS LIVER HEALTH
Researchers found that supplementing a high cholesterol diet with celery and chicory leaves and barley powder saw improvements in liver enzyme ffunction and lipid levels.
REDUCES BLOATING AND BOOSTS DIGESTION
Bloating in this instance means water retention (rather than gas) and this effect comes from the same diuretic properties that also make celery useful for high blood pressure. In terms of digestion, effects may vary. Increasing fibre intake may be useful for some people and not others. Celery is a high FODMAP food (it contains mannitol) – FODMAPs are compounds thought to trigger digestive problems – so may worsen bloating and other digestive issues in those with IBS.
Studies confirm the traditional use of celery seeds to boost immunity and fight infection, ulcers and cancers.