Celery isn’t exactly a newcomer on the health scene. Dipped into hummus, diced into a salad, or smeared with peanut butter (yes please!), this crispy vegetable has been a snack-time favorite of ours since pretty much forever. But recently, the humble celery has taken on a brand new shine as our go-to green juice.
Packed with a long-list of body-loving nutrients, here are some of the key reasons we’re loving celery juice right now:
- For hydration
Not only is celery made from 95% water, but it also offers a high electrolyte count that helps cells absorb water more effectively, keeping you hydrated for longer.
- For digestion and gut health
Celery has been shown to regulate the production of digestive juices and enzymes, which can lead to a reduction in bloating and better bowel regularity. Celery juice is also soothing and cooling to the digestive tract, which can help reduce inflammation and offer relief for anyone with digestive disorders and inflammatory diseases like IBS or Crohn’s.
- For your bones
With high levels of calcium and silicon, celery can help to regenerate and strengthen damaged bones. It is also high in Vitamin K, which can protect against osteoporosis.
- For your blood and cholesterol
Celery is rich in Vitamin A, C, iron, and magnesium, a powerful and nourishing combination that helps to rebuild red blood cells. Celery also contains a particular compound called coumarins which promotes the activity of white blood cells and assists with blood flow, reduces blood pressure and purifies the bloodstream.
- For anti-inflammatory
A long list of powerful antioxidant phytonutrients such polyacetylene and luteolin make celery an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. In particular, luteolin has been shown to help our bodies fight free radical damage, and to inhibit the effects of certain enzymes that activate genes responsible for inflammatory response.
When & How:
We recommend enjoying pure, simple celery juice first thing in the morning. Studies have shown that the digestive benefits of celery juice are heightened when drunk on an empty stomach. So, make celery juice your pre-breakfast beverage and you could be aiding your digestion for the rest of the day.
To drink it, simply blitz celery up and enjoy as is (it has a mild, clean flavour), or add your favorite smoothie ingredients like chia, banana and cacao.