With Spring in full bloom I feel more inspired to make cold, refreshing veggie juices; specifically celery juice. While juicing isn’t new I’m always amused by health trends that make old practices seem so innovative. You may have heard that all the celebrities and health gurus now drink celery juice as it is purported to heal all ailments, including autoimmune diseases. Is there enough clinical evidence for me to say that celery juice is a panacea for everything under the sun? No, but evidence can also come from humans who report feeling fewer symptoms, glowing skin, improved energy and digestion. I’m sure their livers are singing a happy tune as well. I will share with you some health benefits of celery so whether you juice, pulverize or snack on it I’m sure it can only do your body good. Sometimes health benefits don’t always present themselves so conspicuously though. The way I see it, feeling vibrant and having a clean bill of health is enough evidence so excuse me while I indulge in a big glass of celery juice. Before I do, here is some science for all you fellow nutrition and health geeks like myself who perhaps need a bit more proof for inspiration.
Like many vegetables, celery is abundant in nitrate, which has been shown to lower blood pressure. This is where the “food as medicine” idea comes into play. Is it possible to forego the hypertensive medications and instead rely on the healing properties of plants? I’m a firm believer in this idea, so that is a resounding “YES” for me. I’m not however telling you to stop taking medication if that is what you need, but I would love to open you up to the possibility of seeing food as a possible form of medicine (it is at least tastier than a pill). In addition to nitrates, celery also contains multiple compounds that act as antioxidants in the body, sweeping away free radicals. One of these magical compounds called “luteolin” has been shown to slow cognitive decline in old mice. Other amazing plant chemicals that make celery so beneficial include caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, apigenin, tannin, saponin, and kaempferol. Not too shabby! If you feel called to try some celery juice keep reading for the simplest recipe below. Here is to your health!
Ingredients: 1 bundle of organic celery stalks
4-5 ounces water
Cheesecloth or nut milk bag
I personally like to enjoy my celery juice early in the AM on an empty stomach. It’s quite filling, hydrating and gives me a boost. If you don’t have a juicer or feel juicing is too burdensome here’s a tip: Roughly chop the stalks and place in your favorite blender. I have a Nutribullet so I use the large container to fit in the entire bundle, although you may need to divide the bundle and repeat. Fill the blender with chopped celery and water, pulverize until smooth.
Pour mixture into nut milk bag and squeeze juice into bowl. Transfer juice to a glass and enjoy!
Wishing you Happy & Healthy Cravings! 🙂
** Individuals with cardiovascular disease or related risk factors should consult their physician before consuming a high-nitrate diet. Also, certain medications may adversely interact with a high-nitrate diet