Celery juice is chock full of nutrients, and one of the healthiest juices you can make. Among its many benefits, it balances the pH of the body. The high acidity caused by our excessive consumption of processed foods contributes to inflammation in our bodies, and celery reduces that inflammation.
Celery leaves are a rich source of vitamin A, and the celery stem is a good source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C. Celery is also filled with potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and some amino acids. The distinctive fragrance of celery comes from its plant hormones and essential oils, which calms the central nervous system.
While we tend to think of sodium in terms of table salt, which contributes to varicose veins, arterial damage and other health problems, the sodium in celery is beneficial. It is water soluble, and the body uses it to maintain and hydrate cells.
A study conducted at Rutgers University found that celery contains at least eight types of cancer fighting compounds, including acetylenic and folic acid. Another phytochemical compound is coumarin, which prevents damage from free radicals, providing protection from cancer of the stomach and colon.
Research also shows that butyl phthalide, another chemical compound found in celery, lowers the LDL (bad) cholesterol. A study conducted at the University of Chicago shows celery reduces cholesterol levels up to seven times the levels of participants in the control group, based on consumption of two celery stems daily. Celery also supports the excretion of bile acids, which remove cholesterol from the body.
Celery is also a digestive aid. It works as a natural laxative to relax the nerves in the colon, and it provides important fiber. The potassium and sodium in celery juice act as a diuretic, stimulating production of urine and supporting the body in releasing excess fluid.
Celery helps with hypertension. Research shows consuming celery juice once a day for seven days significantly lowers blood pressure. The previously mentioned compound, phthalide, relaxes the muscles around the blood vessels, facilitating easier blood flow. Phthalide also reduces stress hormones that can constrict blood vessels. Yet celery does not lower blood pressure to a subnormal level.
Celery is good for insomnia, as the minerals and essential oils in celery juice cam the central nervous system. It is high in magnesium to help with relaxation and restful sleep.
Drinking celery juice is also known to curb the craving for sugar. The fiber in celery makes you feel full, without adding calories to the diet.
The powerful detoxifying properties of celery juice help in breaking up and expelling urinary stones and gallstones.
Finally, celery supports a healthy sex drive. It balances every system in the body, and it is easily combined with other fruit and vegetable juices such as carrot, apple and cucumber juice.