Health Column: The Healing Properties of Celery Juice

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One of the most powerful foods is gaining popularity among celebrities, health bloggers and physicians across the U.S. Celery, scientifically known as Apium Graveolens (1), is one of the most nutritious plant foods available on the market.

Celery contains a rich variety of compounds known to help fight inflammation, balance pH and electrolyte levels, lower cholesterol, balance blood pressure, re-balance the GI system and beneficial gut flora, aid weight loss and even fight cancer. Celery juice also has a low caloric index, making your average 16 ounce glass only 40 calories.

Chronic conditions are on the rise in the U.S and affect approximately 133 million Americans, representing more than 40 percent of the total population of this country. With so many Americans enduring chronic conditions, the number of prescribed medications is soaring. A new survey finds 55 percent of Americans regularly take a prescription medicine–and those who use a prescription drug take four, on average.

Thousands of chronically-ill Americans are already catching on to the health benefits of celery juice and are incorporating it into their diets in hopes of reducing the number of prescription medications needed to manage their conditions.

It is recommended by health experts that individuals drink at least 16 ounces of freshly pressed celery juice a day to reap the benefits of this power-packed veggie. Celery is highly fibrous so juicing it helps the body and GI system absorb the most nutrients.

The easiest way to prepare celery juice is by running it through a juicer–alternatively, you can also blend it and put it through a strainer or milk bag in order to separate the juice from the fibrous pulp. Celery juice can also be found at your local health foods store. However, it should be raw celery juice and not contain any added sugars or processing.

Celery has become one of the most popular superfoods across the world and individuals every day are experiencing its transformative healing properties. Try it for yourself: you never know how this green veggie could transform your health.

Cover photo courtesy of Kate Mathis.

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