If you are into the latest health fads and follow Hollywood celebs on social media, you can’t have failed to notice the hype around drinking celery juice. We’ve certainly noticed an increase in people asking for pure celery juice or our celery based juices and smoothies. But is there anything in it (besides the celery!)?
First, let’s look at where this comes from. The spotlight on celery juice started after some fairly outlandish claims about its superfood status were made by health book author and self-proclaimed 'medical medium,' Anthony William. Note: William does not hold any medical or science qualifications and is not a licenced health or alternative therapist. However, with people like Pharrell, Naomi Campbell and Kim Kardashian all being a fan it is easy to see how his claims spread into popular culture.
William declares on his website that he is 'the originator of the Global Celery Juice Movement’. He says that: 'Celery juice is a miracle juice. It’s one of the greatest healing tonics of all time.’ He goes on to say, ‘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.' (William also advises waiting for 15 minutes after drinking your neat juice, before consuming anything else).
These are pretty serious claims, so in this article we will put these claims to one side and focus on what’s in celery, how it is likely to benefit you and more importantly for Barannes and our customers, how good does celery juice taste!
Celery Juice Benefits
According to British Dietetic Association spokesperson and Consultant Dietitian, Linia Patel: ‘Although mainly water, celery is a rich source of antioxidants and phytochemicals, (such as phenolic acids, flavonols, furanocoumarins).'
'Consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants may be good for your heart health and may also help to lower your risk of some forms of cancer. Celery is also rich in vitamin K, C, A, folate and potassium and a good source of dietary fibre.'
Celery is not a magic bullet
In line with our philosophy, Patel also believes that a single product like celery can’t do this on its own. 'The secret in decreasing your risk of inflammatory diseases (such as cancer, diabetes, eczema) is to eat a balanced diet that is based on a combination of different plant-based foods and to live an active lifestyle.'
Juicing is just one way to help achieve this balanced diet and gives you lots of vitamins and nutrients in an easy to consume way. As we say a Barannes juice is ‘the easy way to your five-a-day’.
5 Health Benefits of Celery
(Information source: https://www.healthambition.com/celery-juice-benefits/ )
1. Reduce Inflammation in Your Body
Inflammatory diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis, gout and even asthma can respond very well to regular celery juice in your diet. This may be in large part due to two special compounds called luteolin and polyacetylenes, both present in large amounts in celery.
Luteolin is a antioxidant flavonoid with strong anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown in scientific studies to have a powerful inhibitory effect on certain enzymes which activate genes responsible for the inflammation response.
Polyacetylenes also reduces inflammation by lowering levels of inflammatory prostaglandins in your body. Arthritis sufferers in particular are believed to benefit from high food sources of polyacetylenes. Raw celery juice is a great source, as is carrot juice and related vegetables like parsnip, parsley and fennel.
2. Lower Blood Pressure and Improved Cardiovascular Health
Another interesting nutrient in celery juice called phthalide relaxes muscles inside your blood vessels, thus helping to reduce high blood pressure. The phthalide in celery is also believed to help lower LDL cholesterol for better heart health.
Coumarins, found in high levels in freshly juiced celery help reduce the effect of stress hormones like cortisol in your body. Too much cortisol tends to constrict blood vessels, potentially leading to hypertension and putting strain on your whole circulatory system.
Celery also contains a bioflavonoid called apigenin that acts as an anti-inflammatory within your cardiovascular system and promotes blood vessel expansion, thereby lessening high blood pressure and hypertension.
3. Cleansing and Detoxifying
Celery juice is a great internal cleanser and detoxifier for your body. Highly alkalising and hydrating, many nutrients in freshly juiced celery are particularly cleansing for your kidneys.
Raw juice recipes containing celery as the main ingredient are recommended for treating kidney stones. They can also be a powerful diuretic for removing excess water from your body and flushing out toxins more effectively.
4. Skin Benefits of Celery Juice
Celery contains a wide range of nutritional elements for enhancing your skin. Aside from all of the various antioxidants already mentioned, it is high in vitamin K for preserving skin’s firmness and elastic quality and has vitamin C, vitamin A and B vitamins for healthy skin tone.
5. Recovery Juice
After exercise or even a busy and stressful day, your body is often dehydrated and low in important electrolytes that keep it functioning correctly.
Celery juice, soon after a workout or when you get home from the office, can be especially replenishing and hydrating. It contains high levels of natural sodium and potassium electrolytes that play their part in keeping the energy connections in your cells working smoothly.
Celery Juices & Smoothies
Celery’s high water content makes it perfect for juicing. However, as with any juice extraction process don’t forget you will remove most of the fibre, which remains in the discarded pulp. Far better then to use your celery as a base ingredient in a smoothie by blending, either on its own or with other ingredients.
We’ve been experimenting with celery juice over the last couple of weeks and have come up with two amazing new celery based drinks; one juice and one smoothie. These will be showcased on the specials board in Colomberie very soon, so do keep a look out in the shop and on social media.
Whether you believe all the hype around celery juice or not, is your decision. However, there are undoubted health benefits from consuming celery as part of a well-balanced diet. It contains lots of useful nutrients and has a distinctive earthy taste. As we have seen, celery makes a great juice and smoothie ingredient, either on its own or with other fresh ingredients.