Today, you can’t go far without hearing someone touting the powerful, healing benefits of celery juice. Wanting to know the truth on whether we should start waking up and juicing those leafy greens daily, we started an investigation. The question of our investigation was: Is celery juice genuinely a miracle-working juicing program or is this just another case of a great-for-you-vegetable-turned-juice whose benefits are being exasperated? Well, we’ll let you decide for yourself, but here’s what we’ve found.
To begin, let’s take a closer look at the situation and the claims. The situation is that celery has become a hot commodity and a craze among celebrities, YouTubers and others as claims about the vegetable’s healing powers in juice form continue to spread. Some grocery stores have literally sold out of celery because of this juicing craze, one blogger writes about.
Currently, lots of people are making the claims that drinking celery juice, particularly on an empty stomach in the morning, promotes health in many ways and helps the body heal. Many claim that celery juicing minimizes inflammation, increases gut health, enhances digestion, helps your body to detox, and improves the body’s ability to fight infections, among several other benefits.
With these claims in mind, it’s important to know that the research proving and disproving these claims is still inconclusive. That said, many experts in nutrition believe that the claims about celery juicing providing dramatic health benefits are unfounded. One of the primary issues with the claims is that there has not been enough research performed yet. For one thing, experts say that there needs to be research that tracks and studies the impact of celery juicing in people who are living their regular, daily lives.
Overall, many experts refer back to the fact that celery is a wonderful vegetable to eat and is definitely beneficial for any diet, but, juicing it and drinking it every day has not been proven to have any dramatic health benefits, like decreased inflammation or increased gut health. In an article from Today.com, the writer, Kristin Kirkpatrick, states that celery is an “awesome” vegetable, but it’s still just a plant at the end of the day. And, the writer quickly follows that statement with a reminder for readers that it is a plant, and all plants have benefits. She follows saying: “Literally every single plant.”
According to a Good Housekeeping article, “Whole stalks of celery packs tons of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, vitamin A, potassium, and folate. Scientific data actually suggests that celery juice contains antioxidant compounds called flavones. It’s biochemically plausible that flavones could stop specific reactions in your body that lead to chronic inflammation, in turn lowering your risk of chronic disease.” But, the writer clarifies that currently there are no studies that prove that these benefits, while plausible, actually exist.
In the Today.com article, Kirkpatrick writes: “Your liver takes care of all detoxing needs, as long as you treat it right. It doesn’t need an expensive potion to work well, it needs plants, physical activity and a healthy weight to thrive. Celery juice is not the miracle that will fix or enhance it.”
At the end of the day, celery is a great food to incorporate into your diet. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and has other unique benefits; however, celery juicing is not a miracle-working solution. In the Today.com article, Kirkpatrick writes: “Turns out, you could have bought an entire stalk of celery for a fraction of the cost and more benefit,” rather than celery juicing. The claims that say celery juicing provides healing benefits are just not backed by science at this point in time. So, go ahead, eat celery, incorporate more of it in your diet, but don’t count on it being a dramatic factor in helping you heal, lose weight or be healthy.