Is Celery Juice Worth All The Hype?
Recently, Busy Phillips shared on social media that she has started drinking celery juice in the morning. Apparently, that’s the secret behind Gwyneth Paltrow’s timeless beauty and Miranda Kerr has been touting it for a while now too.But is celery juice truly that miraculous or is it all show no go?
As a certified health coach, I’d like to throw light on the matter. A glass of celery juice contains roughly 40 calories and is rich in nutrients like beta carotene, flavonoids, phytonutrients, vitamins A, K, and C, and essential minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium. I always recommend having whole fruits and vegetables, as opposed to juiced versions because a lot of fibre is lost in the process and fibre, my friends, is a nutrient we don’t give enough credit to. But, if I were to give an unbiased opinion on the fad, it would be – it’s too late to say anything. While there are a few animal studies in the recent years that have shown promising results, research studies on the impact of celery juice on human health are exiguous!
But, I’d still like to even-handedly share the results of animal studies (and one tiny human study) and leave you to discern the promise it may hold.
- Effects on hypertension: A 2011 study found celery to be effective in controlling hypertension. For the study, the juice was mixed with equal amount of honey and about 8 ounces were taken orally, three times a day, for about 7 days. It was also reported to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure. But sadly, the study was conducted on a ridiculously small sample size, so much so that the results can be considered insignificant.
2. Effects on chemotherapy drugs: In an animal study, celery juice was found to have protective effects against a potent chemotherapy drug, ‘doxorubicin’, while at the same time not interfering with its therapeutic effects. The compound responsible for this quality, luteolin, is a naturally occurring compound and is also found in foods like parsley and artichoke leaves.
3. Effects on chronic conditions: Flavonoids are biologically-active polyphenolic compounds found in plants. Flavonoids have been associated with a decreased risk of cancer, cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases in humans. Celery is rich in flavonoids like apigenin and luteolin. Again, it was a study done on mice in 2014 that suggested the strong antioxidant properties of celery. Another study (again done on rats) found flavonoid extract from celery to tackle and reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can be defined as an imbalance between the deadly, free radicals and life-saving antioxidants in the body. An excess of free radicals in the body has been seen to contribute to various diseases like atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, and stroke, in the long run.
All in all, I’d like to surmise that only time will tell if celery juice is worth the hype. But in the meantime, there certainly isn’t any harm in having a glass of this fresh ambrosia every now and then. Try and mix it up with a few other vegetables and don’t be afraid to throw in a few fresh herbs too!
PS: Before you embark on the empty-stomach-celery-juice fad, consult your nutritionist to ensure that you’re safe from any possible reactions or side effects.