9 Super-Fascinating Reasons To Drink Celery Juice

Reviewed By Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Temple Stewart, RD, LDN
by Sindhu Koganti

All your life, you knew celery as a nutritious veggie used in salads. But guess what? You can blend the celery stalks and leaves into a drink too! Celery juice has comparable nutritional benefits as the whole veggie.

Drinking celery juice regularly can improve your immunity. You may also notice a difference in your aching knees, dysfunctional digestion, and aging skin. How does celery juice benefit your health? Start scrolling to find out!

More About Celery Juice

Celery (Apium graveolens L) is a plant from the Apiaceae family. This plant has been studied for its phenolic and antioxidant compounds (1). The juice of fresh raw celery is loaded with similar nutrients and biochemical compounds.

Celery juice contains fiber, potassium, vitamins C, A, K, folate, and over a dozen other antioxidants. It is much lower in calories than other green juices (2).

Celery juice relieves constipation, flushes out toxins, and improves blood circulation. Check out the extensive list of benefits of celery juice in the section below.

What Are The Benefits Of Drinking Celery Juice?

1. Relieves Constipation And Digestive Disorders

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Celery juice may cure various digestive disorders due to the abundant fiber present in celery.

Dietary fiber is needed to keep the digestive process moving. It helps in free bowel movements, thereby preventing constipation and irritable bowel disease/syndrome (IBD/IBS) (3).

Give your meal smoothie a twist by adding celery stalks to it. Make sure you don’t filter the crude fiber out.

2. Promotes Cardiovascular Health

Plenty of evidence shows a strong relationship between oxidative stress and hypertension. Eliminating free radicals that cause oxidative stress can lower blood pressure. Vegetable juices made from celery leaves, kale, apples, cucumbers, lemon, and ginger might be ideal for this purpose (4), (5).

Celery leaves contain flavonoids like apigenin that are potent antioxidants. These phenolic compounds affect lipid metabolism and accumulation.

In a study, 32 men were given less than a cup of green juice per day for three months and showed improvement in cholesterol levels by 52% (5).

Low serum cholesterol keeps hypertension, atherosclerosis, and other cardiovascular diseases at bay (4).

3. Possesses Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Inflammation can occur because of numerous factors like chemical and physical stress, allergies (hypersensitivity), infections, and poor diet.

Most of the times, inflammation is a result of compromised immunity. In other words, inflammation can also occur when your body is too weak to protect itself against any disturbance (6).

Including anti-inflammatory and low-starch foods in your diet can help a great deal. Celery juice is highly anti-inflammatory. It may help in reducing the severity of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bronchitis, asthma, lupus, gout, Crohn’s disease, leaky gut, etc. (1).

This activity is attributed to the active ingredients like apigenin, apiin, and luteolin in celery juice (7).

4. Reduces Liver Damage And Diseases

Celery leaves and stalks have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the liver. The polyphenols eliminate the accumulated toxins and free radicals in your body. They increase the activity of antioxidant enzymes like glutathione reductase, superoxide dismutase, catalase, etc. in your system (1).

This results in reduced lipid peroxidation and accumulation in your liver. Issues like non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), cirrhosis, and hepatic cancers can be well managed (8).

5. May Improve Sleep And Overall Brain Health

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Recent research suggests that plant-based diets can improve sleep. Vegetables high in dietary polyphenols – like celery – might modulate the circadian rhythms and sleep-wake cycles (9).

The apigenin in celery leaves exhibits potent neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties.

Adding celery to your breakfast smoothie not only gives it a nice texture but also kick starts your brain. It enhances memory by slowing down neuronal death.

The antioxidants and mineral ions protect your brain cells from chemical and pathogenic stress. Hence, celery juice might be a good choice for managing Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss (dementia), and neurodegenerative disorders (10).

6. Works Wonders On Your Skin And Hair

Celery juice is one of the best detox drinks one could ask for! It is refreshing and alkalizing (11). When your body is free of toxins, it reflects on your skin.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenols in celery juice scavenge the reactive oxygen species in your bloodstream. Minerals like potassium and magnesium maintain the electrolyte balance and pH of your skin. Folate and vitamins A and C fight infections and inflammation (12).

When combined with the necessary exercise and diet, celery juice can aid hair growth. It may also help in clearing acne, blemishes, pimples, and other signs of aging on your skin.

7. Works As A Diuretic And Maintains Kidney Health

Celery juice contains two essential minerals – sodium and potassium. These minerals act as the regulators of our body fluid. Hence, this juice is an excellent diuretic (13).

It facilitates the production of urine and prevents UTIs (urinary tract infections) or kidney troubles (14). Celery leaf extracts can restore minerals and water lost in the urine.

Celery juice can expel undesirable calcium deposits in your body through urine (2). This process prevents kidney stones, gallstones, atherosclerosis, etc.

8. May Enhance Fertility In Men

Rat studies in recent years show a positive association between fertility and celery intake. Traditional medicine uses celery to stimulate libido, protect the testes, and aid spermatogenesis (15).

The antioxidant capacity of celery helps in this aspect. Flavonoids like apigenin detoxify and shield the male reproductive organs from chemical stress. This, in turn, boosts the sperm count and viability (15).

Administering 100-200 mg/kg of celery leaf extracts to mice increased the size of their sex organs. Hence, celery juice may promote fertility in men (15).

9. Maintains Acid-Base Balance In Your Body

The modern-day diet has a high dietary acid load. This can disturb the acid-alkaline homeostasis in your body. This chemical imbalance is often connected to chronic kidney and gallbladder disorders, especially calcification (stones) in these organs (16).

Eating vegetables that are alkaline can help to an extent. Celery stimulates alkali secretion in the body. It contains important electrolyte ions like potassium, magnesium, sodium, etc. (16), (17).

Its juice reduces acidity and controls the overall pH levels to some extent. Consuming it regularly can control uric acid levels, which are key contributors to calcification.

In short, celery juice keeps chronic ailments at bay. Adding it to your list of breakfast shakes is a must now. Here’s a quick recipe to make celery juice.

How To Make Celery Juice In Under 5 Minutes

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What You Need
  • Celery stalks: 1-2 bunches, medium-sized
  • Water
  • Juicer (or) High-speed blender
  • Colander
Let’s Make It!
  1. Cut the bases and tops of the celery stalk bunches.
  2. Wash the stalks thoroughly in a colander.
  3. If you are using a juicer, feed the celery into the feeding tube.
  4. Once it’s done, serve it fresh.
  5. If you are using a high-speed blender, add the cleaned celery stalks to it.
  6. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water and shut the lid of the blender.
  7. Blend until you get a smooth mixture.
  8. Filter the contents of the juice through a muslin cloth into a pitcher.
  9. Squeeze the cloth at the end to drain out the remaining liquid.
  10. Serve the juice fresh with or without ice.
Tips To Make Celery Juice Tasty
  • You can add green apple, kale, mint, cucumber, lemon juice, and ginger along with celery.
  • You can also refrigerate this juice and have it cold on summer afternoons. Maybe with warm low-cal oats cookies.

But is it safe to drink this juice every day? Could celery juice have adverse effects?

What Are The Side Effects Of Drinking Celery Juice?

When you look at the macronutrient composition of celery, this juice is a treasure. But it is the micronutrients that can cause changes. The phytochemical composition might trigger certain side effects.

  • May Cause Rashes And Photosensitivity

Celery has photosensitizing properties. It contains active substances, called psoralens, belonging to the furocoumarin family. Furocoumarin-rich foods can trigger phototoxicity. So, if you drink celery juice or eat it often, you might develop skin rashes and photosensitivity (18).

  • May Harm The Kidneys

Having too much of celery juice can harm your kidneys. Celery, beets, lettuce, spinach, rhubarb, etc. have high amounts of dietary oxalates (100 g of celery has 190 mg of oxalate). Oxalate molecules interact with calcium ions in your body to form calcium oxalate deposits a.k.a stones (19). These stones affect the functioning of the kidneys. Calcification in the kidneys triggers inflammation (19).

  • Carcinogenicity

You get readymade celery powder in the markets. You can use it to make the juice and other celery recipes. But, there are claims that this celery powder might cause cancer. Such ready-to-use ingredients have high salt, preservatives, and unnecessary chemical impurities.

But there is not enough scientific evidence that proves their cancer-causing abilities (20).

So, what is the best way out?

Well, healthcare professionals say that juice-based diets are hyped. Celery juice is said to be a great detox drink. But the truth is, a healthy liver does all the detox our bodies need.

The best way to get the nutrients from vegetables is to eat them whole – with the fiber intact. If you don’t like the texture and taste of the whole vegetable, celery juice is a welcome change.

Summing It Up…

Celery juice is a craze among health lovers. It packs almost all nutrients as celery, the whole vegetable. Drinking it on an empty stomach can relieve GERD, acidity, and constipation.

When blended with other fruits and vegetables, celery juice can be a yummy breakfast smoothie or an evening drink that is filling yet low in calories. Make yourself a small batch of celery juice and observe if your body shows any signs of photosensitivity.

Write to us how your detox drink turned out. If you liked this read, send us your feedback, comments, and recipes with celery.

Let’s detox with veggie drinks this summer!

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References

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  10. Neuroprotective effects of apigenin against inflammation, neuronal…” Scientific Reports, US National Library of Medicine.
  11. 10 Veggies and Fruits to Juice for your Skin” Student Blog, Cinta Aveda Institute.
  12. Nutraceutical Effects of Curcuma, Ginger, Celery, Yeast…” World Applied Sciences Journal.
  13. An Updated Phytopharmacological Review on Medicinal Plant…” Pharmacognosy Review, US National Library of Medicine.
  14. HYPOLIPIDEMIC HERBALS WITH DIURETIC EFFECTS…” Supplement Issue: Biological Science, IIOAB Journal, Academia.
  15. Effects of aqueous extract of celery (Apium graveolens L.)…” Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, US National Library of Medicine.
  16. Acid-alkaline balance: role in chronic…” Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, US National Library of Medicine.
  17. The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That…” Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Hindawi Publishing Corporation.
  18. A tropical skin eruption” The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases, US National Library of Medicine.
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Sindhu Koganti

Sindhu Koganti is a Biotechnology graduate and has been in the writing field for over 4 years now. She specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has hands-on experience in writing articles and press releases on Life Sciences and Healthcare, Food and Beverages, and Chemicals and Materials. When she’s not writing, she loves watching movies and listening to music. She also enjoys traveling.
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