The popularity of celery juice has absolutely skyrocketed in the past few years, so much so that unless you’ve been living under a rock all this time, probably even tried it.
What this inevitably begs the question – is celery juice really is good as people make it out to be? After reading this article to the end, we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find out.
What Is Celery?
Belonging to the Apiaceae family, celery can be found widely growing throughout many parts of the world, even though point of origin is most likely North Africa and the Mediterranean. There is even evidence of celery found in the tomb of ancient Egyptian king, which gives testament to its popularity at the time and belief in it for its healing properties of
Even though celery is most often added as a garnish to meals, you stand to benefit handsomely from consuming juice made from celery. Wondering what makes it so good? Let’s check out some of the health benefits it possesses.
1. Promotes pH Balance
The ideal pH of the human body is neutral to very slightly alkaline, but in today’s world this ideal balance is skewed much more to the acidic side. This has adverse effects on health, but luckily celery juice can help you achieve this balance once more.
Celery is known to be a good source of alkalizing minerals such as magnesium which help to offset the excessive acid burden and reestablish optimal pH.
2. Helps Regulate Blood Pressure
If you’ve been looking for a natural way to control blood pressure, celery juice might be just the thing you need. Rich in compounds known as phthalides, it can help to relax the resistance of blood vessels to dilation, allowing for greater flexibility when the need arises.
The presence of potassium also helps get rid of excessive sodium that can adversely affect fluid balance and blood pressure by promoting its excretion in urine.
3. Relieves Arthritic Pain
You name the type of arthritis- osteoarthritis, rheumatoid or gout, and celery juice helps to manage them all. Much of its benefits in dealing with arthritic disease is thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, but it also contains compounds which act as natural painkillers at the same time.
Coupled with its ability to help remove uric acid from circulation via the urine, and you have an effective natural way to assist with the management of arthritis.
4. Helps Alleviate Migraine Symptoms
Celery juice may just be the most underrated remedy for migraines since virtually nobody is using it for this purpose, but when it comes down to it, it is very effective.
What makes it this good? Two things. One of them is magnesium, which studies have found is excellent in assisting with management of headaches- particularly those classified as migraines. In addition to this, celery juice contains compounds known as coumarins which might help to reduce the propagation of nitric oxide under the scalp.
Nitric oxide is the molecule that causes dilation of the vessels under the scalp and which is implicated as a major contributor to headaches.
5. Can Lower Cholesterol Levels
Even though celery juice loses a fair amount of insoluble fiber during the processing of the drink, it still retains all of its soluble fiber. This soluble fiber plays a role in removal of cholesterol from circulation, including triglycerides.
The phthalides also contribute to its cholesterol-lowering ability, which on average amount to about 7%. This is significant as no other changes to diet were made except the addition of the celery juice.
6. Promotes Kidney Stone Excretion
Kidney stones can be extremely painful but are largely preventable if good lifestyle habits are adhered to. Celery juice contains the compound luteolin which can reduce the accumulation of oxalate in the kidneys, decreasing the likelihood of stones forming.
It can also help dissolve stones, leaving smaller fragments that may be easier to excrete. Many people are now using celery juice as an alternative to reduce the need for surgery.
7. Supports Healthy Pregnancy
Don’t like eating celery? No problem, celery juice is just as good. This is especially true when it comes to its folate content, with this nutrient being critical to the health of the developing young.
Folate can reduce the likelihood of serious birth defects such as spina bifida from occurring, and also promotes brain development. Celery juice offers a decent amount of this nutrient, being water-soluble, allowing you to meet/come closer to your daily quota.
8. Supports Brain Health
The brain, just like any other organ, is not immune to the ravages of time. This includes inflammation, oxidation and natural breakdown on structures within the organ. The most we can hope for is to slow down the rate of these processes, something that celery juice helps to accomplish
It is rich in anti-oxidants as we mentioned and can preserve brain health and function by reducing the deposition of beta-amyloid proteins that are associated with a reduction in functional brain capacity and cognition.
There is also some evidence that the anti-oxidant luteolin can help to stimulate the development of new brain cells, which can contribute to the prevention of cognitive decline.
9. Eases Menopausal Symptoms
Menopause occurs with associated symptoms such as mood disturbances, hot flashes and general feelings of listless, all brought on by the abrupt decline in estrogen production. The only real effective way to counter this is with the use of hormonal therapy, which in the case of celery juice comes in the form of phytoestrogens; natural plant-based compounds that share a chemical structure closely related to that of the natural hormone.
When consumed, it elicits effects that are similar to that of the natural hormone but of a lower magnitude. Thus, it can help ameliorate some of the harsh effects experienced during menopause.
10. Supports Digestive Health
Celery juice is rich in soluble fiber which acts as an ideal source of nutrition for the probiotic bacteria residing in your digestive tract. These good bacteria have several roles, including maintenance of immune function, but also healthy digestive and colon function and prevention of constipation or other digestive disturbances.
There is also some evidence that it can assist with the management of gastric ulcers since its alkalizing properties allow healing and buffer acidity.
Celery juice may not be sexy, but it is truly effective. If you prefer, you can also blend the entire celery stalk and make into a smoothie of sorts, getting a decent amount of insoluble fiber in the process. We do not encourage the use of celery juice for weight loss, as it is unhealthy and not sustainable.
The key takeaway- drink some celery juice. You will be doing your health a great disservice if you don’t.
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