You've probably seen celery juice referred to on Instagram, probably by a celebrity or health blogger who promotes his magic as a detox drink. Kim Kardashian recently published that she & # 39; coarse & # 39; celery juice drank because the medical medium says it helps with psoriasis, a skin condition that has long been open to them.
According to the medical medium – Anthony William, who is not an officially recognized caregiver, but has written several books about the healing powers of certain foods – celery juice can reduce inflammation, support weight loss, cure digestion, reduce bloating and help with psoriasis and eczema . We spoke with registered dietitians to find out more about the trendy drink.
The good stuff
Yes, celery is good for you. It consists largely of water, is a low-calorie snack and contains a lot of fiber. It has a lot of vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting, according to Rachel Berman, RD and General Manager at Verywell, and vitamin C, which she says is "necessary for wound healing and immunity." However, a varied diet can also give you enough of those vitamins.
Berman notes that, anecdotally, people report better digestion and less bloating when drinking celery juice, "but (that) may not be just because of a special property in celery, just the fact that they get a boost from hydration." So you can just as easily drink a large glass of water.
What about inflammation?
A major sale of celery juice is the alleged power to reduce inflammation, especially in connection with skin problems, and its reputation as a "detox drink". Scroll through the #celeryjuice tag and you'll see some pretty drastic before and after photos of people's skin and the transformation that they say drinking celery juice is over.
According to Berman, there is some but very limited research into flavonoids in celery that show a reduction in inflammation in the body. Celery, however, has not been studied as extensively as other fruits and vegetables because of its health impact, so it is hard to say with certainty that it will help.
Regarding its use for detoxification, there are again mixed opinions. According to the medical medium, celery juice is & # 39; one of the best healing tonics of all time & # 39 ;. Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Director and registered dietitian Jaclyn London has different thoughts.
"I have heard this & # 39; pseudo-science & # 39; and I honestly don't think it does justice to what this expensive, waste of time actually is – and that is probably more blatant manufacturing," she said. "First of all, to be clear: as long as you have a functioning gastrointestinal tract, kidneys and liver, you now detox – while sipping on a remnant of crudité."
She explains that if nutrients are brought to your liver through your blood, they are thoroughly cleansed and disinfected of any toxins and then converted into other compounds used elsewhere through your body. If the liver cannot use a substance that is often used to make bile, which helps to absorb nutrients that you need from other foods that you eat.
In short, if you are a relatively healthy person without known liver problems, your organs do all their work, juice or no juice.
Make the problem with juice
Although it is a trendy way to consume vegetables, making juice is not always the best idea. In the case of celery, it can rid the vegetable of its fibers, as well as its antioxidants, vitamins and potassium.
"Drinking your food won't speed up the functions for which your vital organs are already programmed," London says. "In fact, it could make them work harder thanks to larger amounts of glucose (sugar) that you could take in the form of truly condensed ant-on-a-log than if you had just had a normal day of eating and drink unsweetened drinks. "
Do you eat celery, do not drink it. And consult your doctor before eating large amounts of something as a "fix-it" food.