To drink celery juice or not to drink celery juice, that is the question …
It’s funny because I always think of celery as the vegetable that is always included on the veggie platter, but no one ever touches. With the celery juice trend on the rise, nowadays I bet people are throwing elbows to get at those celery sticks!
Why has celery juicing become so popular?
Anthony William, also known as the Medical Medium, has promoted celery juice as a miraculous super-food, stating that it can cure chronic illness, autoimmune diseases, balance your body’s pH, cleanse your liver, improve brain function, clear your skin, heal your gut, increase your energy … the list goes on for a while, so I’ll stop here.
What does a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist think?
From the lens of an RDN, there is zero research evidence to support any of the above claims (remember we are talking about the juice itself), BUT, is this really reason to discourage people who want to drink celery juice from doing it?
Celery is a PLANT, and we love plants right!?
Honestly, although I won’t be recommending to include celery juice into your diet, I actually have no qualm with the fact that people are drinking it.
I think as health professionals, if we discount or dismiss the thousands of positive experiences reported by people who have incorporated celery juice into their daily routines, we end up looking like the jerks.
Celery is nutritious!
It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and most importantly, phytochemicals that have been shown to be anti-inflammatory.
But here’s the thing … this isn’t unique to celery juice. All plant foods have these properties.
Under absolutely NO circumstance should you be drinking celery juice and celery juice alone aka eliminating all other food from your diet (I have seen this in practice ).
If you think celery juice will counteract all of the negative effects of a poorly planned, ultra-processed diet, you’re wrong.
If you choose to drink celery juice, please do so in addition to adopting more healthful eating habits — choose to eat more plant-based, whole foods more often.
This will help foster long term, sustainable health and I guarantee you’ll see the benefits!
Another small word of caution
Celery is a source of vitamin K. Although not seen as a high source of the vitamin in whole food form, if juicing large amounts, you definitely get larger doses!
Vitamin K plays a role in blood clotting. For those who are on a blood thinner (i.e. Warfarin/Coumadin), you may want to check with your physician to monitor your blood work and ensure that the vitamin K in celery juice isn’t interfering with your medication!