Is celery juice actually that good for you?

Celery juice is the latest trend in living a healthy lifestyle, but are there any real benefits?

Scroll through any fitness guru's Instagram feed and there is bound to be a tall glass of fresh celery juice somewhere. The latest trend in healthy eating and superfoods, celery juice seems to be all anyone is talking about.

The idea is to drink pure, fresh celery juice on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Fans of this process claim it can help detoxify the body, reduce inflammation and even lower blood pressure. While green juices have been popular for some time, a number of people claim celery juice is different. Although it's just one vegetable, somehow this juice is loaded with many purported benefits. People everywhere are obsessed. But is this season's "it drink" worth it?

Does celery juice actually do what some people claim? We're taking a closer look.

Where did this idea come from?

It feels like this celery juice trend came out of nowhere. And it certainly seems to have shot to popularity overnight.

It appears that this trend has been primarily influenced by US-based author Anthony William who writes on his platform "Medical Medium." While he doesn't have any formal medical or scientific qualifications, he has many high-profile advocates like Robert De Niro, Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Campbell. Anthony William claims he has been drinking celery juice for as long as he can remember. Since 1975 in fact.

William says he believes in the power of celery juice to be a "saviour for all chronic illnesses". He calls it a miraculous superfood, praising all the proposed healing properties of celery juice.

The benefits of celery juice: What the experts have to say

Okay, so what do actual experts say about the health and nutritional benefits of celery juice?

As far as vegetables go, this one is pretty good. Celery is rich in the good stuff and has little to none of the bad stuff. It has high amounts of fibre, folate, potassium, manganese, and vitamins A, C and K. These vitamins work to strengthen immunity, repair tissue and build bone structure.

We spoke to accredited practising dietitian Chloe McCleod who says it's an easy way to up your veggie intake, is low in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. It's also a good source of riboflavin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

While all these vitamins and minerals make celery a great option as a food or juice, is it the miracle cure-all that has so many devotees singing its praises?

Claimed benefits of celery juice: The current trend in superfoods

According to food spiritualist Anthony William, "celery is truly the saviour when it comes to chronic illness. I've seen thousands of people who suffer from chronic and mystery illness restore their health by drinking celery juice daily on an empty stomach".

But what are these mysterious and magical properties? Anthony William claims to have discovered a property of celery that nobody else in the medical world knows about. Sounds questionable. "Celery contains undiscovered sodium cluster salts that destroy the cell membranes of pathogens so they can be killed of, and the cluster salts rebuild hydrochloric acid."

The undiscovered sodium cluster salts are the source of all this supposed magic. Not only do they cleanse and detoxify the body but they also kill pathogens. This includes things such as viruses and bacteria meaning that celery juice can apparently cure cancer, according to William. So why celery juice? Why can't we just eat celery to reap the same benefits? According to the "Medical Medium", cluster salts are only activated through the juicing process.

But according to Chloe McLeod, there is no good quality science to back these claims. She says the benefits are overstated particularly when it comes to celery juice.

"Celery juice is an easy way to up your veggie intake and hit the five serves of veggies per day. The only benefit from drinking celery rather than eating it is that you would be able to consume more of it but this is not necessarily a good thing. Whole celery is a great source of fibre, with most of it disappearing in the juice."

Should you try celery juice?

Deciding on whether to juice or chomp down on celery is entirely up to you. Anthony William's praise for celery juice is based on no scientific evidence but rather on a bunch of testimonials, and while it's unlikely that trying out William's claims is going to hurt you – the choice is up to you. There is no harm in following William's suggestion of a glass of celery juice. Just don't expect any miracles.

How much celery juice are you supposed to drink?

A lot, specifically a whole bunch. This should make approximately 500mL of juice to start your day. Drink your celery juice early in the morning on an empty stomach. Anthony William recommends you then wait 15-30 minutes before eating anything else.

Celebs that love celery juice

Want to try drinking celery juice for yourself? These are our top picks for juicers:

Cold Press Slow Juicer Fruit Vegetable Processor
Cold Press Slow Juicer Fruit Vegetable Processor


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