I used to work at a smoothie and juice store, and one of our top selling items on the menu was celery juice.
The same customers would come back to the store every single day to get their daily dose of this long fibrous vegetable.
For months, I didn't understand the hype. I know vegetables are good for you, but I never looked into all the benefits that celery has.
Benefits Of Celery
Be honest, how often do you eat celery? Probably not often at all, am I right? That is, unless you're on a strict low-calorie diet.
The reason for this is because most people eat celery only when it comes with a dip. And even when they're offered to us, we would rather eat the carrots or cucumbers.
Besides, celery is 95% water, so what could it possibly offer us?
These crunchy stalks can be hard to chew, and doesn't have much of a taste, but they're actually loaded with amazing health benefits.
According to Medical News Today, celery is rich in vitamins A, K and C, folate, dietary fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, and the list goes on and on.
It has also been found to lower inflammation, prevent age-related vision loss, and reduce blood pressure and the risk of cancer.
And what's great about this vegetable is that it's still nutritious when steamed. However, boiling the vegetable will lose a lot of its antioxidant content.
Is Celery Juice As "Miraculous" As They Say?
An article by Metro about celery juice is gaining a lot of attention, citing from various sources about the amazing benefits of this green juice.
"Celery is truly the savior when it comes to chronic illness," author Anthony William writes on his website, Medical Medium. "I've seen thousands of people who suffer from chronic and mystery illness restore their health by drinking 16 ounces of celery juice daily on an empty stomach."
William recommends juicing one bunch of celery to "flush out toxins, dead pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, and pathogenic neurotoxins and debris from every crevice of the body."
Other health bloggers have also jumped on the bandwagon, making celery juice one of the trendiest detox juices today.
So what does science have to say about all this?
A study published in the Natural Medicine Journal found that when celery extract was given to animals, it improved their blood flow and energy levels.
In a similar 2010 study published in Pharmaceutical Biology, lab rats that consumed celery extract had fewer ulcers and stronger stomach linings.
I love celery juice, and it tastes great if you add honey!
Celery juice may not be the "miracle cure" we're all looking for, since there hasn't been enough research to prove that it can cure all your health problems, it's still a vegetable that is filled with essential vitamins and minerals.
It's also important to keep in mind that eating too much celery isn't great either. For a vegetable, celery has a fairly high salt content. Also, too much fiber in your diet can cause bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
Adding green foods in your diet is always a good idea, so why not boost your celery intake if you don't get enough of it?