It’s the latest trend in health circles, with devotees claiming it can treat any number of conditions and improve concentration and general health.
But is celery juice really good for you, or just a lot of hype?
Speaking to FEMAIL, Australian dietitian Leanne Ward separated fact from fiction when it comes to the health drink – and revealed whether you should really be incorporating it into your diet.
What’s the good news?
First up, Leanne said celery juice is – as the experts say – full of vitamins.
‘Celery juice is packed full of nutrients such as vitamins A, K, C and B, and it also boasts calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, folate and phosphorus,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It’s also very hydrating, which is good news as we already know people regularly don’t drink enough fluids throughout the day.’
Alongside this, Leanne explained that celery is also a good source of antioxidants, which studies show can help to reduce inflammation in the body.
‘Celery juice can also be rich in fibre, but this depends on how you make it,’ Leanne said.
‘One cup of celery juice provides roughly four grams of fibre, which can help with blood glucose control, blood cholesterol levels and satiety (the feeling of fullness).
‘For healthy adults, we recommend they achieve 25-30 grams of fibre each day, so a few cups of celery juice can go a long way to helping.’
Finally, she said celery juice can help to reduce water retention thanks to its ‘slight diuretic effect’.
‘The effects, however, are small, and honestly, celery juice may just support the body in returning to its natural state of homeostasis and normal fluid balance which it will do eventually on its own with or without celery juice,’ Leanne said.
What’s the bad news?
On the other end of the spectrum, Leanne said that assuming celery juice will help you with any number of ailments is bad advice.
‘There is currently no evidence in humans linking celery juice consumption to improvements in gut healing,’ she said.
‘Celery juice contains antioxidants and phytochemicals which research shows us can reduce inflammation and and autoimmune symptoms, but there are no human studies which prove this directly relates to gut healing.’
If anything, she said, celery juice may worsen gut symptoms for those with IBS, as celery is high in FODMAPs, which can irritate sufferers.
‘Celery juice will also do nothing to reverse brain fog, depression and anxiety,’ Leanne said.
‘If one food could honestly do this, do you really think we would have so many people suffering from these conditions?’
Leanne said there is zero science to back these claims up – just lots of online testimonials from people online who have reported improvements in their own symptoms.
‘Celery is 96 per cent water so drinking it each day probably helps with headaches and constipation, but don’t be fooled, it’s the water and not the celery juice.
‘Water is the real miracle in a cup people are looking for… they just don’t want to hear it.’
Finally, Leanne said celery juice is not a ‘detox’ for the body.
‘The body has the only detoxing system it needs – a liver. Celery juice does not detox the body, the liver or the bloodstream, nor does it change the body’s pH levels.’
Leanne said you don’t need pills, shakes, supplements or juices – but rather just daily plants and vegetables, regular movement and a healthy lifestyle.
What’s the bottom line?
So should you drink celery juice, or is it a waste of time?
‘Celery juice won’t harm you, but it’s far from the miracle in a cup that it’s marketed as,’ Leanne said.
‘Any fruit or vegetable is good for you, so why focus on one when you can eat an abundance of them.’
Leanne said she is happy to recommend celery to her clients – when thrown into a salad, dipped into hummus or added to an omelette.
But there is no need to juice it if you don’t want to.
‘I like to think of celery juice like any other trend or superfood – just sprinkles on a cake,’ she said.
‘If you don’t get the ingredients right in your cake first (healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, minimal stress and alcohol), then there is no point putting the sprinkles on top as no one will eat it.’
She said: ‘Focus on the things that matter the most (the ingredients), rather than the quick fix or miracle cure (the sprinkles).’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Sophie Haslett