Celery Juice: Is It Just Another Fad?

This bright green elixir, also known as celery juice has been gaining a lot of attention lately!  You’ve probably scrolled through posts of smiling “influencers” holding their celery juice, promising it will change your life, cure your chronic health issues and pay off all your student loans (okay that last part may not be true). By now, maybe you’ve tried it out for yourself too.

People have even been swapping out their morning cup o’joe for 16 oz of this bright green juice, in hopes it will work its green magic on them. From Kim Kardashian to Gwyneth Paltrow, celery juice has been promoted by numerous celebrities for curing ailments and improving overall wellness.

Do you ever find yourself thinking… “Does it really work miracles? Is the buzz true?”

 
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Inside look

The celery juice trend originated from Anthony William, who is known as the “Medicine Man”. He claims he communicates with Spirit of Compassion to get “extraordinarily accurate health information that’s often far ahead of its time.” As William explains  “ I hear a voice perfectly clear that provides me advanced medical information on illnesses. So all I do is I receive information that’s decades ahead of science and research in chronic illness.” According to William, “Celery juice is a miracle juice. It’s one of the greatest healing tonics of all time. I’ve seen thousands of people who suffer from chronic and mystery illnesses restore their health by drinking sixteen ounces of celery juice daily on an empty stomach.”

In order for one to reap the full benefits and power of celery juice, William recommends to drink it by itself, on an empty stomach. This is to ensure that any other blend will not interfere with the function of this magic elixir. If you want even GREATER benefits, consider drinking 24 to 32 oz/day of straight celery juice, it will change your life! … or so he claims.

What is the reasoning behind all of this?

William states that “celery juice reverses inflammation by starving pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Celery has “an undiscovered subgroup of sodium that I call cluster salts” that attack pathogens and rebuilds the hydrochloric acid in your stomach so that it can break down protein, preventing “gut rot and bloating.” Gut rot!? Yuck! Is that even real? No, there is no medical condition that is known as gut rot and cluster salts do not exist. William has even gone to the extent of claiming celery juice cures cancer! If celery juice could cure cancer, then why haven’t oncologists been recommending celery juice treatment for their patients? 

Are you convinced yet? To give William some credit, celery does contain apigenin and luteolin, which are phytochemicals that MAY have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. But research is still quite new with this. Celery is also full of sodium, which can be great for athletes and individuals who enjoy working up a sweat! One bunch of celery, the amount that is needed to make 16 ounces of celery juice, contains around 800 mg of sodium! Depending on what your own individual needs are, this could be beneficial or may be giving you a sodium overload.  Also, keep in mind when juiced, all that fiber that the stalks of celery contain are being taken out and the benefits that go towards digestion and satiety are completely missed.

Bottom line

While celery juice does contain some vital nutrients and is full of water, it is just another fad! There is no scientific research to date that backs the claims that this new green juice on the block is curing all ailments from acne to cancer. On the other hand, what could be contributing to individuals feeling a difference is the increase in their daily water intake. Adequate water intake increases hydration and positively affects energy levels, skin texture and more.

So while celery juice does provide increase water intake/day, you would be just fine sticking to plain ole’ water. No expensive juicing or fads required! As of now, there is no definite research around the set recommendations for daily water intake. It is recommended to consume at least 64 oz of water daily. If you enjoy the taste of celery juice and it’s your jam, by all means keep drinking it. But if it’s not your thing, stick with water, and you will be set!

Written by: Maddie Wittmann

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/celery-juice-will-not-work-miracles-no-matter-what-you-read-on-goop/2019/02/22/a4ddac18-348f-11e9-af5b-b51b7ff322e9_story.html?utm_term=.80f6b5923a59

https://goop.com/wellness/health/the-medical-medium-on-the-virtues-of-celery-juice/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/celery-juice-will-not-work-miracles-no-matter-what-you-read-on-goop/2019/02/22/a4ddac18-348f-11e9-af5b-b51b7ff322e9_story.html?utm_term=.80f6b5923a59
 https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256