Celery - a powerful tonic and superfood?
Wednesday 13th March 2019
Charlotte Pickles, Registered Nutritional Therapist
So...if you follow social media you will have seen that raw celery juice has made it in to realms of 'superfood' alongside the likes of avocado (which IS amazing by the way!), bone broth, kefir and beetroot (more on these in future blogs if you're not sure what's so good about these either!).
Anthony Williams, New York Times' best selling author of 'Medical Medium' brought the benefits to our attention earlier in the year, and with so many health claims I have finally decided to give it a go!
According to Williams, the benefits of celery juice are most powerful when the juice is taken by itself, not with other vegetables or fruit. This means that to get a decent amount of juice you need A LOT of celery. A full head of celery at least is required to get a decent glass, possible more!
So, if you want to try this out, be prepared to buy in masses of celery. I am also topping up with 100% aloe vera juice (not sure if this is true to William's theory, but I'm thinking some additional gut support can't hurt?).
Anyway, back to the benefits...
There is a huge amount of support out there for the good old celery, amongst the claims are as follows...
1) Calms inflammation.
Celery juice is a good source of polyacetylene which is an organic polymer said to reduce prostoglandins which are chemicals that produce inflammation. This can help to ease rheumatic and arthritic pain as well as many other inflammatory problems in the body.
2) Reverses autoimmunity.
Williams claims that celery's ability to starve pathogens and virus' means that the body will stop launching an attack on itself and prevent the autoimmune cascade.
3) Contains anti-cancer compounds.
Celery is known to contain at least eight different types of anti-cancer compounds. Among these are coumarins which have been shown to prevent free radicals from damaging cells, have anti-coagulant effects, enhance the activity of certain white blood cells that help to fight cancer, and help to prevent cancers of the skin, tongue, esophagus, liver, and colon.
4) Helps to reduce blood pressure.
Celery contains phthalides which are a group of active compounds that help to reduce blood pressure by relaxing the muscles in and around the walls of the arteries.
This causes the vessels to dilate which creates more space for the blood to flow at a lower level of pressure.
Celery also contains apigenin, coumarins and potassium which all play a role in helping to reduce blood pressure.
5) Healing for the liver and gut.
Celery strengthens the digestive system by helping to heal the liver, which leads to an increase in bile production, easing constipation and bloat. It can apparently balance the body's supply of hydrochloric acid as well as lower levels of pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungus and mold. In this way it leads to strengthened intestinal linings and improved digestive health.
6) It can improve sleep.
Celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system. This combined with the levels of magnesium found in celery juice could make it helpful to those who have trouble sleeping.
7) Provides essential bone support.
Celery is packed with vitamin K, which is essential for the proper utilisation of calcium in the body. Calcium is vital to bone density and overall bone health.
So, if you're not convinced by that little lot, why not give it a go yourself?? Celery is cheap and easy to get hold of (always choose organic to reduce your toxin intake as it absorbs pesticides readily), I'm certainly going to give it a go - I'll let you know how I get on!