Deemed as the Miracle Juice, celery juice has been recently hailed as a miraculous healing super food. It is no wonder that we’ve been seeing a recent trend… this simple veggie has been linked to the curing of so many illnesses such as high blood pressure, inflammation and high cholesterol that pharmaceutical companies are starting to take notice! So what is it about celery and why are so many people, celebrities included, swearing by this green hero?
Eating celery stalks is not the same as drinking it. It is believed that when celery is juiced, the fiber is removed and its healing benefits become that much more potent and powerful. In addition to the simple fact that you can simply consume more celery by drinking its juice. Below are some juicing tips.
# Drink up to half a litre of fresh plain celery juice on an empty stomach every morning. Wait at least fifteen minutes before consuming anything else. If half a litre is too much for you, start gradually by having 60 ml.
# If you suffer from any chronic illnesses you may want to increase your consumption to 0.7 – 1 litre daily. You can drink this amount either all at once in the morning, or split over two servings. The second serving can be had anytime during the day granted you have it 15-30 minutes before your meal. Store the juice in the fridge in a glass jar with a lid.
# If you’re feeling too sensitive from celery, train yourself by drinking cucumber juice for a while before converting to celery.
# Aim to have organic celery whenever possible.
# Drink the juice immediately after making it. If that’s not possible, then aim to drink it 24 hours after making it. Another tip is to wash it and chop it the night before and just juicing it in the morning.
# Though it’s usually preferred to drink plain celery juice, if the taste is too strong for you, try adding a cucumber and/or an apple. As you get used to it, keep increasing the ratio of the celery until you can tolerate it on its own. If you find the taste too bitter remove the leaves. But don’t add any lemon, lime, or ice as they will alter the benefits.
# Celery juice can be made by running it though a juicer, or by blending it on a high-speed blender until smooth and straining it afterwords.
# If you notice looser stools as you begin the celery juice, this is completely normal and is part of the healing process. With time your bowel movement will become healthier and more regular.
Celery is a member of the carrot family and it’s known for serving up massive amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It contains high levels of vitamin K, in addition to a good amount of vitamins A, B-2, B-6 and vitamin C.
In addition to the above vitamins, celery is also considered a good source of potassium, manganese, pantothenic acid, folate, and fiber. Celery also includes phytonutrients that have amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
There are two important antioxidants present in celery that are responsible for all those miracle benefits we keep hearing about. With the unpopular names of apigenin and luteolin, these are compounds that are directly linked to reducing inflammation and a number of diseases by “interrupting the transportation and signalling capabilities of cells that trigger inflammation”, though medical research claims that not enough investigations have been made to validate those claims. Nonetheless, the presence of these two compounds means that celery is beneficial for the curing and slowing down of the following diseases:
- Asthma and rhinitis
- Memory function
- Alzheimer’s disease
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Fertility problems
Apigenin is found to reduce the amount of damage that affects a number of brain processes which is how it’s found to delay and slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s. As for cancer, it is luteolin that is found to prevent cancer cells from spreading to other areas of the body. It is even believed that it can halt some types of cancers, it can also enhance the potency of chemotherapy while reducing its toxicity on the body. As for treating high blood pressure, it was a chemical called 3-n-butylphthalide (3nB) that was responsible for reducing the build-up of fat inside the arteries as well as increasing the elasticity of artery walls. Luteolin is also greatly linked to better heart health due to its ability to disable free radicals that could lead to heart damage.
However, one should also note the negatives! Celery contains the chemical psoralen which reacts unfavourably to sunlight. Consuming high amounts of celery might increase the person’s risk of dermatitis, sun damage, and photoaging.
Other people may experience allergic reactions to celery and they could experience upset stomaches, skin irritation, and respiratory problems.