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If you still drink cabbage juice, we are here to tell you this is so 2018. The celery juice is the latest health trend that appears to be taken over in social media overnight.
Sure, celery tastes great if you put some PB on the surface, but drinking a whole glass of juice is less appealing. Well, celery is the latest panacea, the would-be gurus on Instagram and YouTube claim that celery juice offers a wide range of benefits, from reducing inflammation to losing weight, preventing ulcers and even to eliminate acne.
But before you buy all the celery on your local market, you should know the following about the supposed health benefits of celery juice before you make yourself a glass.  Where did the celery juice trend start?
It seems as if celery juice had emerged from nowhere to dethrone kale as the ultimate king of the greens, but The Atlantic has its origins traced back to "medical medium" Anthony William. On his personal website, containing advocates of celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert DeNiro, William claims he diagnosed lung cancer with his grandmother when he was four years old. Since then, he "reads" people's conditions and offered treatment help even though he had not received any medical training.
More than a million people follow William on Instagram, claiming in his biography to help "people overcome disease" is the "founder of the global celery juice movement." Other Instagram users often share Williams' posts about the alleged benefits of drinking celery juice, including the conditions that can help with the treatment. Open Instagram and you'll find more than 63,000 posts dedicated to #celeryjuice.
What are the actual health benefits of Celery Juice
Let's start by saying that drinking celery juice can not cure or treat any disease.
"Research to support the health benefits of celery juice to humans is basically nonexistent, even though a number of blogs and online websites have to say," said Ali Webster, Ph.D, RD and Associate Director Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Council Foundation explains MensHealth.com.
But that does not mean that there are no studies looking into the benefits of celery. A 2013 study showed that people with mild to moderately high blood pressure could reduce the number by taking celery seed extract. Researchers believe this benefit is due to a chemical called butyl phthalide, which, according to some studies, keeps the brain healthy and reduces the risk of stroke.
In 2014, a study with gerbils found that a celery flavonoid lowers inflammation and slows the growth of cancerous tumors. However, these studies are preliminary, and much more work needs to be done (in humans!) Before doctors recommend eating celery for the health of the brain or the heart.
Webster does not discredit those who claim that the celery juice makes them feel healthier, but warns that anecdotal evidence is not supported by science.
"The health benefits are often complex," she says. "If a person has made the decision to drink celery juice, they are likely to make other changes, such as eating better overall, going to the gym, or at least paying attention to what and how they eat (even if it's unconscious) . "
That does not mean that celery is not a smart snack – it just will not clean up your acne.
Celery contains a lot of fiber, magnesium and potassium, which are important for regularity, bone and heart health. The crunchy vegetables are mostly water, which makes them very moisturizing, says Webster. And since celery is low in calories, it can be especially good for those trying to lose weight. But celery alone will not let you lose weight fast.
And as Lisa Young, R.D. and Nutritionist at NYU The Atlantic explains, juicing your vegetables does no good.
"You do not have to drink it. You can also chew it, "she says. "Whatever happened while chewing?"
10th January 2019: This story has been updated to include information from Ali Webster, Ph.D., RD, and Deputy Director of the Nutrition Communication Department at the International Food Information Council Foundation.