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Celery juice for a Health Body! by Priyanka ,  Jul 9, 2013
Celery juice is highly nutritious and one of the most hydrating foods we can put in our bodies. Because it is incredibly alkalizing, it equalizes the body's PH, which is vital for peak health. In ancient times, it was considered a medicinal herb used to treat a variety of health complaints. The minerals and vitamins and nutrients are in perfect harmony with each other. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C and dense in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.
The health benefits of celery juice are many and are often mistakenly glossed over when it comes to considering healthy vegetables and fruits. I always get a kick out of it when I hear someone say that celery is nothing but a bunch of water.
This super food also contains important concentrations of plant hormones and the very special essential oils that give celery its characteristic smell. These oils help to regulate the nervous system, and are very calming.Celery is rich in sodium, which is very different to table salt. Normal table salt is composed of insoluble inorganic compounds which lead to the development of varicose veins, hardening of the arteries and other aliments. If salt, including sea salt is white, then it has been processed and all minerals and nutrients have been destroyed.
Celery juice has been prized as a cure-all as far back as the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans.   Though it has less chlorophyll than most green vegetables, it is a nutrient dense powerhouse and when juiced, provides even more health benefits.  Stanford School of  Medicine reports that 1 cup of fresh juice provides the same nutrition as five cups of the same fruit or vegetable in its whole state.   That means you can pack a phyto nutrient punch simply by juicing (and blending) your vegetables and fruits!

As you will clearly see laid out on this page celery is much more than this. The amazing health benefits of celery juice extend into many areas of nutrition and make this vegetable an extremely important part of a healthy diet!

To begin celery juice makes a great post workout recovery drink. Inside of it are high levels of potassium and organic sodium. This along with the other minerals in celery juice help to replace lost electrolytes, aid in the hydration of your body, and replenishes your body with minerals as it is a rich source of them.

On the other hand, the sodium that is available in celery is soluble and organic (live), and is essential for the body. Organic salt allows the body to use the other nutrients that are taken into the body. Every cell in our body is constantly bathed in a salt solution, and if the salt level is not in balance, dehydration occurs. This is why celery juice is a perfect rehydration drink for athletes.
The sodium available in celery juice is a soluble and organic sodium. This essential to the body salt helps maintain a healthy balance and is a big part of what a body needs after a good workout. Celery contains quite a bit of water in it which also makes for a good amount of juice per celery stalk.

Celery is also known to contain at least eight different types of anti-cancer compounds. Among these are coumarins which have been shown to prevent free radicals from damaging cells, have anti-coagulant effects, enhance the activity of certain white blood cells that help to fight cancer, and help to prevent cancers of the skin, tongue, esophagus, liver, and colon.

Celery also contains acetylenics which have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Others such as Phenolic acids block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells.

The health benefits of celery juice also include help to reduce blood pressure. Phthalides a group of active compounds found in celery juice help to reduce blood pressure by relaxing the muscles in and around the walls of the arteries.

This causes the vessels to dilate which creates more space for the blood to flow at a lower level of pressure. Phthalides also lower levels of stress hormones, which in turn can have a positive effect on your blood pressure as well as many other areas of health.

Apigenin, Coumarins and Potassium also play a role in helping to reduce lower blood pressure. Apigenin in celery is known to lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels. In studies it has been shown to have a relaxing effect minus any feeling of sedation.

Coumarins which have many other health benefits also can help to lower blood pressure by reducing stress levels and toning the vascular system. Potassium is an essential mineral for regulating your blood system and celery has approximately 310 mg of this mineral per cup.

Celery juice has been shown in laboratory studies to  reduce LDL(Bad)cholesterol. Butyl phthalide which is one of the components that gives celery its distinctive smell has a hand in this as well as other components yet to be completely discovered. Celery juice also helps to remove cholesterol from the body, as it aids in increasing bile acid secretion.

Celery juice is a good source of Polyacetylene as well as Luteolin. Polyacetylene an organic polymer found in celery juice is said to reduce prostoglandins which are chemicals that produce inflammation. This can help to ease rheumatic and arthritic pain as well as many other inflammatory problems in the body.

Luteolin has shown to be a strong inhibitor of inflammation in numerous studies. It has been shown to block specific enzymes which activate the formation of gene products responsible for producing inflammation.

The Luteolin in celery juice has also been shown in studies to be helpful in combating dementia. The reason for this is that it helps to reduce inflammation in the brain. These studies have suggested that eating celery or drinking celery juice can be a preventative measure and possibly a treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system. This combined with the levels of magnesium found in celery juice could make it helpful to those who have trouble sleeping. Celery has been known to be used as a treatment or as an aid for those who suffer with insomnia.

These benefits are said to have a cumulative effect rather than an instant one. Meaning that the benefits of celery juice for insomnia would be seen by taking in celery juice on a daily basis over a period of time.

Looking to spice up your sex life? Celery juice has been touted as a natural aphrodisiac! Not only does celery juice help to dilate blood vessels which creates a better flow of blood in our bodies and also to our extremities. It also contains a good variety of the  many vitamins and  minerals that are optimal for a healthy sex drive.

Celery juice also contains two steroids called androsterone and adrostenol. Research has shown that when consumed these release a subtle aroma that not only increases arousal in the consumer, but may also attract the opposite sex. So next time you are looking to rev up your love life consider a glass of celery juice!

Last but not least celery juice has an overall alkalizing effect on your body. Many nutritionists and studies recommend a diet that helps maintain a slight alkaline balance in our bodies. The combination of minerals which includes the organic type of sodium found in celery juice makes this vegetable a great addition to an alkaline diet.

Other Benefits of Celery JuiceFights Cancer - Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. A study at Rutgers University of New Jersey found that celery contains a number of compounds that help prevent cancer cells from spreading. Celery contains compounds called acetylenics and this compound has been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Celery contains other compounds called phonolic acids that block the action of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which encourage the growth of tumor cells. Coumarins, another phytonutrient in celery helps prevent free-radicals from damaging cells and prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.

Lowers Cholesterol - Laboratory studies also indicate that butyl phthalide, a chemical in celery, may help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol. According to researchers at the University of Chicago, celery reduces cholesterol levels by as much as 7 points with as little as 2 stalks a day. Celery also aids in increasing bile acid secretion which helps to remove cholesterol from the body.Aids in Digestion - Special nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing that aid bowel movements. This makes celery a natural laxative that helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.Diuretic - The potassium and sodium in celery juice are powerful body fluid regulators that stimulate urine production to help rid the body of excess fluid.

Anti Inflammatory - The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis. A study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science U.S.A found that another powerful phytonutrient called luteolin prevents activation of a pathway that allows inflammation in the brain to get switched on. Luteolin also inhibits the excess production of TNF-alpha, a direct cause of inflammation. Juice is the most efficient and nutritious way to eat celery, and people who have these conditions can drink as much juice as desired without overdosing.

Lower blood pressure - Celery's potential for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by Chinese medicine. Studies show that drinking celery juice every day for 1 week can significantly help lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides helps relax the muscles around the arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow smoothly. Pthalides also reduce stress hormones, one of whose effects is to cause blood vessels to constrict. When researchers injected 3-n-butyl phthalide derived from celery into laboratory animals, the animals' blood pressure dropped 12 to 14 percent. Celery amazingly doesn't lower blood pressure which is already low.

Insomnia - The minerals and essential oils in celery juice have a calming effect on the nervous system, making it beneficial for insomniacs. Its high magnesium levels help people to relax into a soothing and restful sleep.

Weight loss - Drinking celery juice frequently throughout the day helps curb cravings for sweet. It is filling without putting any extra pounds on.

Elimination and Prevention of stones - Celery juice is an amazing eliminator of toxins from the body, which aids in the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones. This lovely juice helps those who have suffered from stones from getting them again.

Increased Sexuality - Celery juice is beneficial for weak sexuality, yet doesn't cause an uncontrollable urge as some pharmaceutical drugs do. Celery balances the system rather than increasing it.Celery can be juiced with any other fruits or vegetables. A particularly delicious and powerful combination is carrot, apple, cucumber and celery.

Below you will find the top 5 health benefits of celery juice to jump start your own cleansing routine:

  1. Drinking fresh celery juice neutralizes acidity, alkalizes the body (a Standard American Diet is very acid forming), and balances the body’s pH. A slightly alkaline pH is essential to good health (and fertility). Celery juice also rehydrates the body and replaces electrolytes so it is a fantastic and much healthier alternative to Gatorade and other sports drinks.
  2. Celery juice contains many anti-cancer compounds and reduces the risk of certain cancers including colon and stomach cancer. It has also been shown to lower bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure as good or better than many prescription medications.
  3. Drinking celery juice helps balance weight by helping to reduce cravings for rich or sweet foods. Celery juice also aids weight loss, reduces cellulite and puffiness by acting as a diuretic and reducing inflammation. Want to shed those post-baby pounds?  Forget the protein bars.  Drink celery juice.
  4. Celery juice is calming and cooling. It has a calming effect on the entire nervous system and helps balance body temperature during extreme heat.
  5. Drinking fresh celery juice also prevents constipation and reduces the risk of calcification in the body such as kidney, urinary and gall bladder stones.

Celery leaves are high in Vitamin A and the root is high in Vitamins B1,B2,B6 and Vitamin C.  It is an excellent source calcium, potassium, folic acid, essential amino acids, and phosphorous.  Drinking fresh celery juice is an easy way to promote overall wellness and practice preventative health measures. Try combining fresh celery juice with apple and carrot juices and  many vegetable juices for delicious flavor combinations with different health benefits.

Celery Juice Recipe

3 cups spinach 1 cucumber 2-3 stalks celery Handful Of Kale squeeze of lime or lemon

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 3
Calories 42
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 0.38g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.094g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.177g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.071g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Potassium 670mg
Total Carbohydrate 9.46g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3.8g 15%
Sugars 5.59g
Protein 1.96g
Vitamin A 0%Vitamin C 24%
Calcium 10%Iron 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18
2%
of RDI*
(42 calories)
2% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (77%)Fat (7%)Protein (16%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories

Nutrition summary:

Calories
42
  Fat
   0.38g
         Carbs
          9.46g
           Protein
            1.96g

There are 42 calories in 1 cup of Celery Juice.
Calorie breakdown:
7% fat, 77% carbs, 16% protein.

Common serving sizes:

Serving SizeCalories
1 fl oz5
100 ml18
100 g18
1 cup42
So the next time someone tries to tell you that celery is nothing but a bunch of water let them know the truth! If you haven't already, check out our celery juice recipes for some great ways to include this wonderful and amazing vegetable into your diet!
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