What You'll Find
Celery is a very low-calorie, high-fiber vegetable. With as little as 10 calories per stalk, this member of the carrot family has been hailed as a ‘superfood’ far and wide. The juice of this vegetable, consequently, is loaded with nutrients. But it is notoriously ill-tasting, so the question arises: are celery juice benefits potent enough to outweigh its infamous bad taste?
Celery contains great antioxidants like beta-carotene, flavonoids, and vitamin C. It has anti-inflammatory compounds and multiple vitamins that help the body in a great many things. All these nutrients, when removed from the fiber, result in a glass of juice packed with all things wonderful.
A cup of celery juice has about 42 calories, which means that per cup you’re consuming the nutritional benefits of about 4 celery sticks. If you’re someone who finds it hard to eat this vegetable, juicing is the way to go.
The Taste (Shudder)
Celery juice does not taste nice. There, I said it.
It tastes horrible, and if you add the leaves while juicing it will come out tasting even more bitter. Some people add an apple to the juice to make it taste sweeter, or cucumber to make it less bitter through its bland flavor, but everyone agrees that straight celery juice is the better option.
Apparently what you find the most disgusting is always the best option.
Anyway, there are people who say that after consuming celery juice every day, they have grown to not resent it so much. Some even look forward to a ‘refreshing’ glass every morning. So let’s now take a look at the various benefits this green juice offers, which makes people drink it for days at end and develop an actual liking to it.
Celery Juice Benefits
Helps in hydration
Celery has a high water content and juicing removes all of its pulp. Even if you use a blender instead of a juicer, you will likely be squeezing out most of the fiber through a cheesecloth or something similar. What you are left with a green juice that is mostly water, and so serves to hydrate you well.
Some people find it hard to take the recommended water intake per day, so having a glass or two of celery juice will be really helpful in meeting that requirement.
Also, all this hydration is really good for your skin!
Lowers blood pressure
Celery juice helps regulate potassium and calcium in the bloodstream and allows vessels to contract and relax with greater ease by acting as a muscle relaxant.
In these stressful times, who wouldn’t like that?
Increases hydrochloric acid
Celery juice helps to increase the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The stomach acids are really great for quick and efficient digestion of proteins. If you are low on these acids you’ll find yourself really lethargic after a protein-rich meal.
Taking celery juice will help your stomach produce more acid, and the resultant enzymes will make for fast digestion.
Phytonutrients are said to reduce inflammation, and celery juice is a particularly rich source of that. These amazing anti-oxidants helps your body get rid of oxidative stress by getting rid of free radicals.
In doing so, they protect you from chronic diseases, cancers, obesity, and heart ailments. Also, the polyacetylenes in celery juice are supposed to help in containing the growth of cancer cells.
Who knew celery juice could be so potent?
Celery juice contains a certain compound called butylphthalide. It is said to get rid of lipids in the blood, causing a decrease in LDL levels.
Of course, you’ll have to drink celery juice regularly for quite a bit of time to see this kind of result.
Improves digestive tract function
Celery juice, where it lowers blood pressure by regulating potassium and calcium circulation, also makes for abundant blood supply to the digestive tract. This allows the digestive processes to take place smoothly.
It is also a mild laxative so it’s good in reducing constipation as well.
High nutrition content
Since celery juice is rich in vitamins C & A, potassium, and folate, it is a nutrition-packing drink that really, really helps the skin.
Having one cup of celery juice will give you all the benefits of:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
[Courtesy of Healthline]
For all these benefits, there is still a lot of research still pending in order to figure out if celery juice does indeed perform all the miracles we attribute to it. Some say that there are downsides to it as well, like having to watch your sodium intake if you’re on a low-sodium diet, or that since you’re essentially removing every bit of dietary fiber from it, the juice being very low in fiber won’t keep you full for as long as whole celery sticks might, etc.
The celery juice cleanse appears to be more of a fad diet than anything else. But if it advises taking 16 ounces of celery juice every morning on an empty stomach than you can certainly take about 8 ounces safely.
Don’t do it for a ‘cleanse’ or a diet. Just do it for the benefits celery juice provides, especially if you’re a person who doesn’t like to eat celery at all.
Conclusively, celery juice no doubt offers a lot of benefits. So many benefits that one might say that the taste does indeed gets outweighed by them!