Celery juice is now picking up trend for being a new friend in the weight loss journey for most people. It is said drinking it every morning helps in improving health and boosting weight loss.
Celery is known for several health benefits. Celery juice improves gut and skin health. It is rich in numerous nutrients including folate, potassium, manganese, and vitamin A, C, and K. It is also rich in riboflavin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. (1)
Celery can also be consumed on its own or can be added to other drinks and smoothies.
Can Celery Help Lose Weight
Celery is known to promote weight loss. It claims drinking 16 ounces of it every morning helps in breaking down and dissolving fat cells stored in the liver.(2).
The above claim lacks scientific evidence and needs further research.
This way replacing high sugary beverages with celery juice can be a healthy and smart choice for those trying to lose weight.
Also, these low-calorie beverages if consumed before meals, increases fullness and helps in eating fewer calories. (7)
Although celery juice is a healthy, low-calorie beverage, but not a whole food. When planning to lose weight the diet should not lack the essential nutrient as it would be bad for health.
Other Benefits of Celery Juice
Apart from helping in losing weight, celery juice has several other benefits.
1. Anti-inflammatory Properties
Celery juice is high in phytonutrients, plant compounds that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. (8)
Flavonoids are the main phytonutrients present in celery that are associated with lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. (9)
Therefore, consuming whole celery or drinking its juice helps in preventing various diseases.
2. Helps in Controlling Blood Pressure
Due to its concentration of nitrates, celery helps in promoting heart health and controlling blood pressure. (10)
Its juice can be given to people with hypertension as its aids in managing blood pressure.
3. Lowers High Cholesterol
Celery also helps in reducing cholesterol levels. (11)
There are several animal studies that associate celery intake with significant cholesterol level reduction. (12)
Most of the research is done on animals and human research is needed to know its exact effect on humans.
The Downside of Celery Juice
There are a few downsides linked with the otherwise safe and healthy celery juice.
Loss of Fiber
On juicing celery its beneficial dietary fiber is lost.
One bunch of celery that is around 9 stalks contain 9 grams of fiber, whereas 16 ounces of its juice has none or a negligible amount. (1)
Fiber serves numerous benefits to the body including weight loss and a healthy gut.
Increases Sodium Intake
Another side effect of consuming celery juice is increasing sodium intake.
Celery is low in sodium, but juicing it involves its 9 stalks that provide about 288 mg of sodium. (1)
It is recommended by the U.S. Department of Health to keep the dietary sodium intake below 2300mg. (13)
Excess sodium intake is linked with high blood pressure and those at risk should consume celery juice with caution.
Celery juice has off lately scored higher rank in the list of those wanting to lose weight, but you should know it alone is not capable of a healthy weight loss. If you want to lose weight and have been suggested celery juice, consult a dietician to help with the healthy options along.
Losing weight doesn’t mean losing nutrients. You need to keep a balanced diet and focus on healthy weight loss.