Health Benefits of Celery Juice: Too Good To Be True?
Health trends come and go. When one sticks around for a while, sometimes you just have to do the research to figure out if it’s worth the hype or not. So we’re digging into the health benefits of celery juice and why so many people are drinking it every morning from celebrities like Debra Messing, Miranda Kerr, Pharrell, and Novak Djokovic. Search the tag #celeryjuice on Instagram and you’ll see no fewer than 95,000 posts about it, many touting the wonderful health benefits of celery juice.
The celery juice craze can be tracked back to healer Anthony William, author of Medical Medium and other books about healing the body through real foods. He created the Global Celery Juice Movement, where “millions of people are healing thanks to drinking 16 ounces of straight celery juice on an empty stomach every day.”
So we went straight to the source. Anthony William’s website claims that “celery juice, when consumed in the right way, is a powerful and miraculous healing remedy and people are noticing the benefits it provides, such as clearer skin, improved digestion, less bloating, sustained energy, better mental clarity, weight loss, and stable moods, just to name a few.”
He goes on to list that people reaping the celery juice benefits are healing themselves from:
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis,
- chronic fatigue syndrome,
- blood sugar issues,
- acid reflux,
- high blood pressure,
- adrenal issues,
- autoimmune conditions,
- and countless others.
So why, exactly, does consuming celery juice first thing in the morning help the body heal in so many different ways? Scroll down a bit on the same webpage and you’ll find this phrase: “at this time there are no studies that have been done on celery juice and especially not on how celery juice can help chronic illness.”
Most recent articles around celery juice benefits circle this idea – that there just isn’t enough, if any, evidence that drinking celery juice every morning can lead to healing of chronic health issues. Celery, in it’s whole form, contains many essential minerals and vitamins like folate, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin K. It also has fiber which helps keep you fuller longer. Now, when you juice it, you’re removing the fiber and condensing calories and sugar and nutrients into a glassful.
What’s our stance on celery juice benefits? Well, celery is a plant and we should all eat plants. Should we juice massive amounts of this one plant and drink 16 ounces of it every morning in hopes it will cure chronic illness? Probably not. As with many diet fads, it will fade away and we’ll once again return to the idea that we should eat a balanced diet of real foods that make us feel good.