According to the Instagram influencer crowd, celery juice is the new superfood, credited with everything from aiding digestion to clearing skin blemishes. The trendy beverage first garnered attention after it was promoted by author Anthony William, aka the Medical Medium, and many of his celebrity fans. William, however, does not have a nutrition or medical degree, which should make health enthusiasts very wary.
Before chugging the bright green juice to start your morning, here’s what you need to know:
Verdict: Because celery is mostly water, it can be an alternative way to stay hydrated if you like the earthy taste.
Verdict: While celery is rich in the antioxidants flavonol and flavone, which contain anti-inflammatory properties, it’s not alone. Early studies show a diet rich in these antioxidants could be used in the treatment and prevention of inflammatory diseases. Some studies show it may even help prevent cancer. However, “celery doesn’t have a significant amount more of antioxidants compared to many other vegetables, so I don’t consider the trend to be backed by the nutritional quality of the food,” says Alison Boden, RD.
Verdict: Celery is rich in vitamins K, B, C and potassium. But compared to vegetables like spinach, Brussels sprouts and broccoli, celery has only a fraction of the nutrients. “While juicing may increase micronutrient density because it is more concentrated, it reduces dietary fiber content and therefore isn’t as satisfying or filling as eating celery in its whole-food form,” says Kim Denkhaus, RD, owner of Farm Haus Nutrition.
“Drinking celery juice in moderation as part of your overall balanced diet appears safe, but keep in mind celery juice isn’t superior to any other whole vegetable,” notes Denkhaus. A more sustainable healthy eating plan is “all about balancing your diet with a wide diversity of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats.”
It’s also important to consult your doctor, since celery juice could interfere with blood pressure medicine and some anti-anxiety drugs.