Celery juice has become increasingly popular by influencer “Medical Medium”. Most celery juice claims are unsubstantiated.Pin it here.
Celery juice is flying off grocery shelves at record speeds. The number of text messages I’ve gotten from educated friends asking if celery juice is nature’s new elixir is on another level; I truly don’t think I’ve ever had as many questions about a single fad before. Let’s dive into celery nutrition and any truth behind celery juice claims.
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Meet “Medical Medium”
Let’s start with who the claims are coming from. Meet Anthony William, better known as Medical Medium with over 1.5 million IG followers, the OG originator of the celery juice movement. He recommends 16 oz of pure celery juice daily, on an empty stomach – quite a feat given plain celery juice has a pretty offensive taste.
A gentle peruse of his lengthy disclaimer highlights he is not a medical doctor, nutritionist, or licensed healthcare professional of any kind. It also states that no information on his site should be considered a promise of benefits or cures. And further that, the information on his site does not necessarily reflect his opinions and is not guaranteed to be correct, complete or up-to-date. That’s one heck of a disclaimer.
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Celery Juice Health Claims
I feel like Maury right now because I’m just going to go through the claims and highlight what’s substantiated and what’s not.
According to Medical Medium, these are the benefits of celery juice:
- Anti-inflammatory properties: TRUE. Celery contains vitamin K, fiber (although you lose a lot of fiber in the juicing process) and polyphenols which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Starves pathogens: FALSE. No food you eat can “starve” a pathogen. Pathogens live off of tissues and cells they are infecting.
- Clings to toxic, dangerous salts from poor-quality foods, drawing them out of your body and replacing them with “undiscovered cluster salts”: FALSE. Andrew claims celery has a different “type” of sodium (compared to sodium in table salt) and cluster salts that are healing, both of which are undiscovered by the medical community.
- Sweeping improvements for all kinds of health issues: ? I mean… vague, don’t you think?
- Flush out autoimmune disease: FALSE. I can’t believe I’m even having to write this. If you have type 1 diabetes, I’m sorry but you need insulin, not celery juice.
- Balance your body’s pH: FALSE. Your body is extremely good at maintaining tight control of its blood pH. If your blood pH were not at or very near normal (7.35-7.45, but usually 7.4), you would be very ill or die. Your lungs and kidneys play critical roles in acid-base balance.
- Preventing ammonia permeability – “a major unknown cause of ill health”: ? I don’t even know what to say here. He literally just made up the condition of ammonia permeability, which is especially impressive for someone who has zero professional clinical training.
Celery Nutrition: What Celery Does Have
Here are the nutrition highlights of celery: It’s low calorie, with one cup of chopped celery weighing in at a mere 14 calories. It’s not very significant source of fiber at less than 2 g, which is comparatively lower than other fruits and vegetables (1 c of raspberries has 9 g fiber). It’s not a significant contributor of calcium, magnesium or phosphorous. It’s a good source of folate (36 ug) and vitamin K (29.6 ug), and has small amounts of both vitamin A (22 ug) and potassium (263 mg, less than half of what you would find in a banana). It has some good nutrients, but in no way would I classify celery as a “superfood”.
Celery Juice Nutrition
I cannot find a verified nutrition label for celery juice anywhere. The USDA Food Nutrient database has celery, but not celery juice, and we can’t extrapolate data to celery juice given an 8-oz serving of celery juice is going to have multiple celery stalks in it and a loss of fiber (it’s strained out in the process). Therefore, I can talk about the nutrition behind celery but I can’t break down the numbers exactly for its juice, which is frustrating. I did find a few websites on a google search, but I’m weary of where the numbers are coming from. I’ve even tried calling every hippie grocery store and local juice bar in Austin! I need something reputable, that has been properly analyzed. Nutrition label = analysis of nutrients = data.
What About all the Miracle Celery Juice Stories?
I couldn’t tell ya. Possibly placebo effect. Possibly could be the addition of nutrients to someone’s diet – but could they have the same effect with another veggie juice? Or just a significant increase in other plant foods? Possibly a big increase in fiber if someone is experiencing a laxative effect (even though you have a loss with juicing, sheer volume will still yield some)? Did this person also change anything else in his life at the same time the changes could be attributed to, like exercise or stress-relieving activities like meditation?
Any time you juice you’re going to be getting a WHOLE lot more of a food than you could ever actually eat in one sitting by chewing. Chewing, by the way, triggers satiety signals which make you feel full, which might be part of the reason it’s challenging to eat as much as you can drink. But do you really need stalks and stalks of celery juice daily? Probably not.
Bottom Line, Should You Drink Celery Juice?
In my opinion, it’s unnecessary and I’d much rather you eat (and chew!) a wide variety of plant foods. Fruits and vegetables inherently are going to be high in anti-inflammatory properties, phytonutrients and fiber. That said, if drinking celery juice is a way for you to add more nutritional value to your day and you actually enjoy it, then go for it – it’s probably not harmful.
Have you tried celery juice before?
What’s been your experience with celery juice?
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