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You’ve probably seen a couple of celery juice posts on social media as everyone’s jumping on this green juice craze. You might be wondering, do you have to strain celery juice?
Many people definitely struggle with whether to strain the product in order to get maximum benefits. According to the ‘medical medium’ Anthony William, it’s important to have 100% pure celery juice with no pulp, meaning straining it is the way to go!
Straining involves passing food through a fine mesh strainer or a nut milk bag in order to remove undesired solid components/pulp. The sieve is normally very finely perforated.
When making celery juice, straining the products is done right after blending. This makes the juice smooth and easy to drink.
To learn more about celery and its health benefits and to officially join the celery juice movement, keep reading.
What’s in celery juice?
Celery is a great way of including a great deal of vitamins and minerals into your diet. It gives you much needed energy to perform all your daily tasks. A single glass of celery juice is said to contain almost 40 calories.
Whole stalks of celery are rich in tons of nutrients and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, sodium and magnesium.
Health benefits of juiced celery
Celery juice is chock-a-block with benefits. In fact, you might now know that:
1. It lowers cholesterol
The juice contains 3-n-butlyphthalide (BuPh), which has a lipid-lowering action that reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood system.
2. It lowers blood pressure
According to scientific research, celery contains a chemical that eases the tissues of the artery walls. This relaxation of the walls causes an increase in blood flow thus lowering the blood pressure.
3. It aids against chemotherapy side effects
Components present in celery can alter the effect of doxorubicin which is a common drug used to treat cancer. An animalstudycarried out in 2009 showed that active intake of celery had a positive effect on the drug and reduced the damage from radiation.
4. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory
Flavonoids called apigenin present in celery have been proved to contain anti-inflammatory properties. A study that was conducted not too long ago shows that consuming the flavonoids in juice form is much more effective in accessing its great health benefits.
5. It helps in fighting infections
Compounds found in celery contain strong antimicrobial properties that assist in combating infections and boosting immunity. Celery juice stimulates urine production which is useful in fighting bacterial infections, preventing UTIs, and preventing bladder and kidney disorders.
6. It’s highly nutritious
Celery juice contains a number of great vitamins and minerals such as potassium, folate and vitamin B6 which helps the skin a great deal. The luteolin present protects the skin from harmful Ultra Violet rays.
7. It aids in digestion
Celery helps in keeping things moving in the intestines. This makes it great in preventing constipation, puffiness and bloating. It acts as a mild natural laxative.
8. It restores the hydrochloric acid by healing the gut
Hydrochloric acid present in the stomach helps in fast and efficient digestion of food. Celery juice raises the acid levels which is crucial in breaking down of food.
If the acid level is low, the body will use up more energy which in turn will leave you feeling tired. The juice is also important in replenishing the depleted levels of stomach mucus which is needed in protecting the stomach lining and prevent ulcers.
Cons of straining celery juice
When you juice the celery, you end up removing its fiber properties. This means benefits like blood sugar balance and help in weight loss are lost. The fiber helps to keep your digesting system functioning properly.
Celery juice recipes
You can drink your celery juice as is or you can add other ingredients. Our favorite easy celery juice recipes include:
This one, which uses fresh celery cucumber, lemon, ginger and apple
This one, which calls for celery, an orange, lemon and cucumbers
This recipe, with celery, apples, parsley, lemon juice and ginger
This one, with celery, kale, ginger, cucumber, lemon and apple.
The bottom line
To get the most benefits from your fresh celery juice, the best time to drink it is in the morning on an empty stomach. Then wait 20 or 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything else.
Juicing the celery retains the taste but is scientifically proven to deplete the fiber present. This means you won’t get to enjoy the wealth of benefits that come from eating it as a whole food.
Also, it’s important to note that no matter how much or how little sugars a vegetable or a fruit contains, juicing it will definitely yield a higher concentration of sugar per fluid ounce than you would eat in grams.
That being said, drinking celery juice is a good option for those who consume few vegetables and would love to enjoy some of its health benefits. And also, don’t forget to strain it!
On the day she reached true enlightenment, Koko was still wearing a toga from the previous night's beer-fueled debauchery. Late for her first class, her college roommate shook her from a deep sleep and offered her a glass of juice. Bolting it down was like pouring electricity into her body. Now a principal cellist for the Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra, Koko runs marathons in her spare time.