The “Miracle Juice”: The truth behind the celery juice fad

Celery juice is today’s latest fitness trend.  Fitness bloggers and celebrities are raving about this “miracle juice,” and are taking over instagram with artfully displayed glasses of grass-green juice. Anthony William, aka “The Medical Medium” is credited with starting the celery juice fad, but William is neither a doctor nor a nutritionist. Yet, he began circulating the claims that drinking a glass of celery juice a day can support weight loss and even cure diseases like cancer. So is celery juice the miracle cure we’ve been waiting for? We’re here to debunk these incredible claims.

Why Celery? celery stalks in a collander.

Celery has a lot to offer in the dietary department. Even though it is made of 94% water, it actually packs a lot of nutrition into its stalks.  Celery contains high levels of vitamins K, A, B-2 and B-6, and C. It is also a good source of folate, potassium, and dietary fiber, and antioxidants. And, because it has such a high concentration of water, it is low in calories, making it a staple of weight loss diets. It’s crunch and mildly salty flavor makes it a great healthy alternative to chips when paired with dips, and can help reduce junk food cravings.  

The Claims 

Some proponents of this “miracle juice” claim that drinking celery juice first thing in the morning strengthens your digestive system, which allows you to easily process everything else you eat. Others report that drinking celery juice has helped clear skin conditions like shingles and psoriasis. Some even claim that this juice can put cancer and autoimmune diseases into remission. 

There is no scientific evidence to support any of these claims. They are anecdotal at best, and many nutritionists believe that the positive effects people describe are due simply to changes in diet. For some of these people, drinking celery juice regularly is part of a switch to a healthier diet in general. Their “miracle” cures may actually be a combination of medical treatment and that new, healthier diet. There is also the possibility that everything they are experiencing is purely a placebo effect.

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Celery juice is not a miracle, and can be harmful to those with IBS and other gatro issues.

For some people, drinking celery juice can actually be harmful. Those who suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or other gastrointestinal issues might experience flare ups if they begin a celery juice regimen. 

The Reality

Celery juice is NOT a miracle. In fact, there is not one cure-all treatment for any of these issues. That being said, celery is nutritious, as well as high in fiber and water, which gives it strong diuretic properties. For some people, this can support a weight loss regimen. Drinking celery juice for breakfast will not fix acne or cure cancer, but it is a healthy alternative to high-sugar cereals. And, remember, for some people, drinking celery juice is actually detrimental to their health. As with any trendy new health program, always check with your doctor and do your own research before deciding to try it out.

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