Hype or healing, trend or fad; drinking celery juice is one the hottest health crazes today. Grocery stores have a hard time keeping up with the demand for this humble vegetable. If you've heard of Anthony William, the Medical Medium, it's hard to ignore the incredible stories about people who found healing by drinking celery juice. Yet, there are many who dismiss his teaching as junk science. So is celery juice hype or healing?
Is Celery Juice Hype or Healing?
People wait patiently in the produce department for workers to bring out more celery, that is if they have any. More than once I've snagged the last few heads. Several regular grocery stores in my usually well-stocked area have not had it for weeks, yet more health-oriented markets seem to have a good supply. What's going on?
Author of several New York Times best-selling books with a celebrity clientele following, Anthony William claims to receive his medical information by spiritual revelation. He says "if people knew all the potent healing properties of celery juice, it would be widely hailed as a miraculous superfood."
Nutritionist and myth buster Dr. Jonny Bowden says he doesn't have a problem with celery juice; his problem is with William dispensing medical advice without medical training or knowledge. The site Science-Based Medicine says he offers an alternative medicine approach with a supernatural twist, along with a hefty disclaimer. Is celery juice healthy? Yes, but a cure-all? I don't think so.
Should You Drink Celery Juice?
I'm for anything that gets people juicing, because juicing vegetables (and low-sugar fruit) is one of the most beneficial practices you can add to your health routine. Nutritionally, celery is loaded with essential minerals and vitamins such as folate, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamins C and K, plus, it's an excellent source of beneficial enzymes and antioxidants. It makes sense that the juice would provide these micronutrients, sans the fiber.
Celery is also a natural anti-inflammatory, especially for your digestive system. Plain celery juice is bitter, and for most it is an an acquired taste. Blended with other juices it is wonderful. I drink it daily in my blends.
If you are on certain medication, have sodium concerns, high blood pressure, or other health concerns, check with your health care provider before drinking a lot of celery juice.
- Sodium - Celery is fairly high in natural sodium, a possible issue if you're on a sodium restricted diet. A 16-ounce serving of pure celery juice has 430 mg of sodium.
- Digestive issues - Celery juice is high in mannitol, a sugar alcohol which gives some people diarrhea if over consumed.
- Vitamin K - Celery juice is high in vitamin K, interfering with some medications.
- Thyroid issues - Some report that natural food chemicals in celery may inhibit your body's ability to properly utilize iodine, a concern if you have thyroid issues.
Last tip: celery is always on the EWG's Dirty Dozen List for high pesticide residues, so buy organic. Then when you get it home, wash it right away with Eat Cleaner Produce Wash and store it in the refrigerator for juicing all week.
More Juice Recipes With Celery
The produce department has lots of colorful, healthy fruits and vegetable to juice. Don't get totally hung up on just celery. If you're looking for recipes with celery, try my Morning Glow Carrot Celery Juice, the Dandy Detox Green Juice, or my Ruby Root Beet Juice. And remember, you've got to eat your veggies too, not just drink them. Juicing does not replace getting your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Juicing is supplemental to eating enough whole fruits and vegetables, not a replacement.
For more facts on the health and nutrition benefits of celery, check out this post.
- an electric juicer
- 1 head celery preferably organic
- A juicer
- Wash celery well. Prep and process according to the manual for your specific juicer. Juice and enjoy.