Celery Juice Is Surprisingly Healthy
The number of health benefits gained from drinking celery juice is surprisingly large. Celery is from the Umbelliferae family, the same family as parsley and fennel. There are two types of celery that you will generally find in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets. White celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, giving it less chlorophyll than green celery. The vegetable can grow to a height of up to 16 inches.
When juicing celery, you should use the entire vegetable. The leaves have a high vitamin A content. The stems contain rich supplies of potassium, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and sodium. They are also an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with and have plenty of the essential amino acids. Celery juice has a slightly salty taste, so it is a good mix with sweeter fruit juices.
Celery juice can replace lost electrolytes and rehydrate the body after a workout. The minerals in celery juice can balance the body’s blood pH effectively, neutralizing acidity. Celery juice has been shown to lower blood pressure. The natural organic sodium (salt) in celery is very safe for consumption, even for individuals who are salt-sensitive or who have high blood pressure. Fiber is released during juicing, aiding in bowel movements and increasing the health of the intestinal tract.
Celery juice also contains anti-cancer compounds that can help combat cancer. Phenolic acids block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells. Acetylenics have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells and coumarins help prevent free radicals from damaging cells. The coumarins also prevent the formation and development of colon and stomach cancers.
Celery Cool Down Juice Recipe
Celery – 2 stalk, large
Cilantro – 1 handful
Cucumber – 1 cucumber
Tomato – 1 medium whole
Feed ingredients into juicer in this order: tomato, cucumber, celery, and then cilantro.