Celery Juice - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly


Celery Juice has been touted in today's New Age wellness circles as natures panacea. Many people are pulling out their juicers, cutting up celery sticks, and juicing them for their HEALTH benefits. But are these crisp fresh salty sticks really that beneficial to the body when it comes to health? In today's modern world a quick search on Google will reveal countless of websites promoting only the health benefits of celery juice. Of course when we are looking for the next best thing to further our health for the better or look to get an edge in competitive sports; we ignorantly choose never to research the adverse affects & risks of such foods or supplements. Why would we not do this research?

Does this information not exist?


What is the Good, The Bad, The Ugly?

 

To answer these questions, I first begin by informing the reader that I too developed this strange ability to research ONLY the important parts, while ignoring other facts on my own Health Journey. I am not a doctor and do not hold a medical diploma, but I do consider myself a health/medical researcher as a muscular therapist with an affinity for well-being in the search for MY truth. As my life's journey continues to unfold, I've become aware that good and honest research is the ability to look at multiple aspects of which I am researching in order to not lean in one direction more than the other. I've learned I must observe and survey the field completely, do the work, read between the lines, look for patterns, and then hopefully come to a realization or conclusion on my findings.

 

Celery. What is the Good?


As mentioned above a quick search on Google will reveal celery juice benefits,

* Every morning

* For nutrients

* For women

* For detox

* For the liver

* For the heart

* For the artery walls

* For acne

* For fiber intake

* For Neurodegenerative diseases

* For Cancer

* For High Blood Pressure

* For High Cholesterol

* For Fertility


Most websites will indicate that celery juice is very hydrating, is low in sugar, and has anti-inflammatory properties. So with a list like this, it's no surprise that anyone searching for the next natural panacea for their ailments and illnesses get excited when they read about everything good this vegetable can do for them.


Celery. What is the Bad?


So beyond its health benefits celery may pose a toxic risk to some individuals which can cause a range of symptoms including skin reactions, digestive upset, respiratory problems, and in rare cases the deadly allergic reaction anaphylaxis. Symptoms include:


* difficulty breathing

* hives or swelling

* tightness within the throat

* hoarseness

* nausea

* vomiting or diarrhea

* abdominal pain

* rapid heartbeat

* low blood pressure

* dizziness

* fainting

* cardiac arrest


Since these negative symptoms are more rare amongst individuals and happen less frequently, the idea is that celery is generally safe to consume without major side effects. Probably anyone who is reading this posting has not had any adverse effects they could remember or consciously observe after consuming this vegetable. So for most, they believe if their is no effect there is no problem. Or is there?


Celery. What is the Ugly?


This part of my post will really be the more interesting aspect as I pick apart the research to come to a conclusion.


First, I want to inform the reader that in 2019 this plant was hailed a panecea, and gained the most popularity because of its celebrity endorsements. Anyone knows that if an idol/celebrity is doing anything related to anti-aging or for health reasons, it is quickly picked up spread across EXTRA and given the highest accolades as the thing we must do right now.


Where things become Ugly is when Hollywood adopts the newest health trend, and for successful marketing of that celebrity trend for this year, they highlight a special person who they claim is the forerunner and originator behind its success. In today's NEW AGE health circles we are currently captivated by Anthony William, aka, The Medical Medium.

Doing some research on this man I've found that he has written 3 books about "healing" and has also attained a pretty big celebrity clientele. Further I became curious how this gentleman has obtained the knowledge he has gathered, his professional credentials, and where has he studied in order to give medical advice.


Observing his website he claims his G-d-given gifts come from a "spirit entity" around the time he was four years old. This is when he diagnosed his grandmother with lung cancer before she had any symptoms. This entity also allows him to make diagnoses & suggest a remedy for people of various illnesses and diseases.


To me the words "medical medium" is a marketing scheme. There is almost no media skepticism surrounding his work, nothing, yet he is accepted by everyone rich and famous and endorsed by celebrity doctors. Funny, watching a few of his video's his repetitive tagline was... Trick or Treat.

What's worse, this man has no public record of a medical degree, yet calls himself "The Medical Medium."


In today's New Age wellness industry and what I call "black magic rituals" centering around the spiritual, what Anthony does do is market himself with a modern and exclusive flair amongst these people.


I'm not proclaiming that it is not possible to have access to the supernatural. I personally believe in it myself especially as a Christian with the offering of prayer, the laying of hands, and healing the sick. What I do become skeptical about is Anthony William promoting what I perceive as a health trend only highlighting the beneficial AND fully disregarding the negative side effects to his millions of viewers. This to me is neither professional or safe in persuading and directing the consciousness of others, nor do I feel it's for their best interest spiritually. Surly this behavior highlights what my holy book would call, a false prophet.

 

Digging Deeper on Celery


Celery is loaded with sodium. Just one medium stalk contains about 30mg of sodium according to MedicalNewsToday.com. A head of commercial celery contains about 10-12 stalks equaling about 3.6 grams of sodium or 3,600 milligrams. According to the American Heart Association humans should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day and move toward an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults.


So here we can see that over 2 grams of sodium is not recommended for consumption for good heart health. The ideal limit of no more than 1.5 grams a day is what adults should aim toward for good heart health.


Further the same AHA reference suggests

"The body needs only a small amount of sodium (less than 500 milligrams per day) to function properly. That’s a mere smidgen — the amount in less than ¼ teaspoon. Very few people come close to eating less than that amount. Plus, healthy kidneys are great at retaining the sodium that your body needs. There’s no reliable evidence that eating less than 1,500 mg per day of sodium is a risk for the general population. There is some evidence that it could be harmful to certain patients with congestive heart failure."

By this elementary research alone, celery juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach as Anthony William advises puts us well over our daily limit. This is of concern to me because a high-sodium diet may increase our blood pressure and cause fluid retention, both of which can contribute to more severe health issues. I feel this is too much too soon first thing in the morning and would not recommend this route.


 

Toxicity Issues


Within celery contains the chemical psoralen, which reacts to sunlight. Celery and other foods high in the chemical psoralen may increase the skin’s sensitivity to ultraviolet light, thus increasing the risk of dermatitis, sun damage, and photoaging. For those who are sensitive to psoralen, simply touching psoralen-rich foods can cause skin irritation.

 

The Studies


Most websites will highlight evidence pointing to certain chemicals that support the articles "beneficial" headline. And this is where I feel ignorant research or the ability to think constructively gets us into trouble.


For example:

"Celery contains two beneficial antioxidants. Scientists call these two compounds apigenin and luteolin. Research has shown us that apigenin and luteolin reduce inflammation and may help treat a range of inflammatory diseases."

I think this is great! Don't you?


To be honest, both apigenin and luteolin are just isolated compounds the researchers are testing found in celery. They are not researching or testing celery. Instead they are using 1 or 2 of those chemicals and studying their affects in vitro and vivo. Most likely for their benefit of developing a pharmaceutical patent geared toward reducing inflammatory diseases.


Lets look into it:


A 2017 study (NCBI) investigated whether luteolin could reduce inflammation and lower allergic responses in mice with these conditions. Results showed that giving the mice luteolin 30 minutes before exposing them to an allergen significantly reduced the levels of inflammation within their lungs and nasal passages.


See... they didn't study celery. Instead the scientist's studied only the isolated compound within celery that produced this effect. In actuality they made and used a drug... NOT a food.


Lets look into it: Arthritus

A 2017 study (NCBI) investigated whether apigenin could suppress arthritis in mice. The scientists treated the mice with apigenin. Afterward, the animals showed less tissue inflammation and delayed onset and severity of arthritis in comparison with mice that did not receive treatment.


See... they didn't study celery. Instead the scientist's studied only the isolated compound within celery that produced this effect. In actuality they made and used a drug... NOT a food.


Lets look into it: Neurodegenerative diseases


A 2013 study (Science Direct) investigated whether luteolin could reduce inflammation and protect against neuro-degeneration in rodents with diabetic encephalopathy (DE). DE refers to brain abnormalities and impaired cognitive function that may affect people with type 2 diabetes.

Scientists that treated the rats with luteolin observed reduced brain cell damage and improved learning and memory.


A separate 2015 review (NCBI) looked at the effect of different plant chemicals on rodents with Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists found that apigenin along with curcumin limits damage to a variety of brain processes, thereby delaying and slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s.


See... they didn't study celery in both studies. Instead the scientist's researched only the isolated compounds within celery that produced this effect. In actuality they made and used a drug... NOT a food.


Lets look into it: Cancer


According to a 2016 review, (NCBI) luteolin can halt the growth of some types of cancer cells in rodents.

Luteolin may also prevent cancer cells from invading other areas of the body, or ‘metastasizing.’ Scientists think that it may do this is by preventing new blood vessels from growing around existing tumors.


See... they didn't study celery in the studies. Instead the scientist's researched only the isolated compound within celery that produced this effect. In actuality they made and used a drug... NOT a food.


Lets look into it: High Blood Pressure


A 2013 pilot study ( Natural Medicine Journal) investigated whether the chemical 3-n-butylphthalide (3nB @ 85%) in celery seed extract has anti-hypertensive properties.


Thirty participants with high blood pressure took part in the trial. Each consumed 75 milligrams (mg) of celery seed extract, twice a day for 6 weeks. The participants showed a significant decrease in blood pressure. The research suggest, 3nB may lower blood pressure by reducing the buildup of fatty deposits within the arteries and increase the elasticity of artery walls.


Now here we actually can observe that an extract of the celery seed containing 3nB (@85%) was used as medicine for study. The researchers noted their interest was prompted when the father of one of them, who, after eating a quarter pound of celery daily for 1 week, observed that his BP had dropped from 158/96 to 118/82.


This was not a drug and this was not an isolated compound. It was a standardized extract of celery seed, NOT a head of celery or celery juice. Also not it states the father ate a quarter pound of celery daily for 1 week. Not the just the juice.


Further the study states:

"Celery extract has been shown in animal studies to help prevent stroke, improve blood flow, and act to protect the brain and enhance energy production."

Lets look into it: Cardiovascular health


A 2015 animal study (journals.plos.org) that gave rats luteolin found that they showed less cardiovascular remodeling (CR) than those that did not receive the supplement. (CR) refers to changes in the shape, size, structure, and function of the heart, usually as a result of chronic high blood pressure or heart disease.


Scientists think this might be because luteolin’s antioxidant properties disable free radicals and limit heart damage.


 

Conclusion:


Celery juice may or may not be beneficial for our health. Personally after writing this article I've become more aware of the dangerous affects of the many health articles that tout promising benefits which more or less feed off the emotions of the poor minded and sick. And when Hollywood, rockstars, billionaires and NEW AGE health circles idolize a person with no medical credentials such as Anthony William for his celery juice panacea, I then seek to find what really is the motive behind all the hype. Is it to sell more books, get us interested in future podcasts, fame, fortune, supplement sales... Yeah he does all that.


I'm not aiming to discredit him or his passion for celery juice. Perhaps for me and his claims toward this amazing panacea would be more believable if the man had become a MD, put in the work, and used his G-d-given ability within that field as a better expert. That seems more realistic and professional in my opinion.


 

*** Did you know that modern celery is a hybridized plant. ***

Below is a illustration of the Original Celery ~ Apium graveolens

It belongs to the Apiaceae ⁄ Umbelliferae (Carrot family) and Plantae kingdom along with carrots, caraway, cumin, fennel and dill. Notice how the stalks are so much thinner.


Turns out Apium graveolens has a long history of medicinal use dating as far back as 850 B.C. and was cultivated NOT for its culinary use because it originally had a tendency to produce hollow, bitter stalks. Italians began cultivating celery in the 17th century and after years of domestication ( aka hybridization) developed a celery that produced sweeter, solid stalks with milder flavor as to what we know them to be today.




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