Many have heard about the benefits of celery juice. But does everyone know that this healthy and tasty product can be consumed not only in its natural form, including in soup, salad mixes and vegetable dishes? A drink like celery juice is very useful! This product not only restores strength, but also has an extremely beneficial effect on overall health. How useful is celery juice, we will understand in this article.
Celery juice: benefits and harms
Before giving answers to basic questions, let’s study the composition of celery juice. Indeed, it is thanks to the microelements contained in this product that we have the happiness of saturating our body with healing power.
The composition of celery juice contains all the same elements that are in the celery itself. Only useful substances in the form of juice are absorbed much better. And this is important to understand!
The drink contains:
- vitamins A, B, C, PP, E, H;
- essential oils;
- potassium, calcium, fluorine, selenium, zinc;
- phosphorus, iron, manganese, iodine, cobalt.
To one degree or another, useful trace elements and vitamins are contained in celery juice, depending on the variety, degree of maturity and growth zone. Drinking a glass of this drink, you can significantly nourish your body and at the same time not damage your figure.
100 grams of the product contains:
- proteins – 0.65 grams.
- carbohydrates – 4.75 grams.
- fats – 0.25 grams.
High in healthy dietary fiber. Celery contains enough water, so the vegetable can be easily turned into juice without the additional addition of liquids.
Celery juice: benefits
Let’s take a look at the benefits of celery juice. You can literally devote odes to this drink. After all, it is almost impossible to list all the benefits of such a product in one article.
Let’s highlight the main useful qualities of this drink:
- has a mild sedative effect on the nervous system;
- tones up and gives strength;
- has a mild laxative and diuretic effect;
- has a positive effect on the state of blood vessels;
- has antimicrobial and antibacterial effect;
- promotes tissue regeneration;
- promotes the gentle removal of toxins and toxins from the body;
- has a beneficial effect on the work of the hematopoietic system;
- increases hemoglobin in the blood;
- helps in the fight against extra pounds;
- strengthens the reproductive system of men and women;
- increases the elasticity of joint tissues;
- has an anti-inflammatory effect;
- has a beneficial effect on brain processes;
- saturates with strength and vigor;
- has a pronounced immune defense.
The drink is recommended for athletes, people engaged in active physical labor, everyone who spends a lot of energy during the day. During an active working period, this drink protects against fatigue, energizes, has a preventive effect, protecting against seasonal infections. The rejuvenating effect of this juice is noted. After all, celery has a positive effect on many organ and tissue systems.
Made with fresh celery root, the drink is believed to improve vision and protect against the development of classic eye diseases. Due to the content of life-giving moisture in the celery stalk, the water-salt balance in the body improves, the tissues are nourished, which prevents their aging. With regular consumption of celery juice, memory and intellectual abilities are enhanced. Celery juice is useful for almost all age categories, with the exception of very young children (from 0 to 1 year old) and elderly people with chronic diagnoses (a doctor’s consultation is needed).
Potential harm to celery juice and contraindications
There are no perfect products for everyone! Celery juice is a miracle cure, but there are still a number of situations in which it is better to stop drinking this herbal drink.
- some diseases of the pancreas and liver;
- children’s age up to 12 months (further by agreement with the pediatrician);
- endocrine disorders;
- gastritis and gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer in the acute phase;
- bowel disorder of any etiology;
- the presence of blood clots in the body;
- pregnancy and lactation (with caution and in consultation with your doctor);
- individual intolerance to the product;
- food allergy in the phase of decompensation.
People with any type of diabetes should consider the amount of carbohydrates in this product and use this information when calculating insulin doses (for those with IDDM).
In the presence of any chronic diseases that require adherence to special nutritional principles, it is worth consulting with a specialist about the permissibility of use and the recommended amounts of the product.
It is important to understand that in some cases, the use of celery juice can lead to the following consequences:
- increased gas production and bloating;
- upset stool (diarrhea, constipation);
- manifestations of an allergic nature (urticaria, peeling);
- inflammation of the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract;
- nausea, vomiting.
Of course, all these troubles are rare, and arise with the immense use of the product or due to ignoring contraindications.
How to drink celery juice
A useful product is beneficial only if it is consumed correctly. There are a number of simple rules for using celery juice for medical and nutritional purposes.
1. Everything is good, that in moderation!
It is unlikely that anyone will want to drink celery juice without measure. But what if? It is not recommended for an adult to drink more than 100-150 milliliters of drink per day. It is important to take into account that there is no need to feed the body with juices “forcibly”. The body itself knows how much it needs.
2. Drink only fresh!
Celery and any other freshly squeezed juices should be consumed immediately after preparation. All useful properties are quickly lost, and the drink oxidizes during long-term storage. Therefore, you do not need to prepare juice for future use. It is enough to do it for yourself and your household at one time.
3. You can and should combine!
Not everyone is delighted with the taste and aroma of natural celery juice. Therefore, the composition can be decorated with additives. You can combine celery juice with mint, spinach, lime and lemon juice. There will be nothing wrong if you add the pulp of your favorite vegetables and fruits to the drink. The main principle is everything is fresh and natural!
4. Try only carefully!
If you decide to drink celery juice for the first time, and celery itself has not been eaten very often before, you should definitely be careful. You don’t need to start right away with 100–150 grams. Let it be 20 milliliters volume for a start. Having drunk the juice for the first time, you should carefully observe the reaction of the body, and only if the response is positive, you can continue the experiment and increase the volume of the product you drink.
5. It is recommended to drink celery juice in the morning.
This drink invigorates and energizes, so drinking it before bed may not be entirely appropriate. At the very least, you should try to drink this healing drink in the morning or 4-5 hours before the evening.
Perhaps there are other rules for the use of this drink. These are just the main important recommendations. If you want to drink this drink for medicinal purposes, it is important to rely on special tips for using the recipe for a folk remedy.
How to make celery juice
It would seem that nothing is easier! Nevertheless, it is worth highlighting a few tricks of making a healing juice from fresh celery.
It is best to use an auger or other juicer for a tasty, homogeneous drink. But if an expensive device is not in your kitchen, you can easily replace it with other improvised means.
Grater and gauze
The celery pulp can be grated and squeezed well through a 3-layer gauze cloth.
Blender and sieve
The celery pulp can be broken up with a blender and run through a fine sieve. You can also squeeze the juice through cheesecloth. Important to remember! You don’t need to add water or other liquids to natural celery juice. It is a “self-contained” product that is full of moisture.
However, some people are not very good at the taste and aroma of celery. They can be advised to do mixes. Celery goes well with the following foods:
- green apple;
- ginger root;
You can add a little natural honey to this juice – this is the best option for sweetening the drink. It is strictly not recommended to add salt and sugar to fresh celery. If it’s very hot, you can have some healthy iced drink. If you are a little tired of celery juice, you can substitute or alternate with a thick vitamin smoothie.
Celery, Cucumber and Mint Juice Recipe
Finally, a little recipe. It is an invigorating cooling drink that will appeal to even those who are not keen on celery.
Have to take:
- medium stalk of celery;
- cucumber – 1 pc.;
- mint – 1 sprig.
Cut the celery into cubes and place in a blender bowl. Peel the cucumber and cut into cubes, send to the celery. Grind the vegetables into a homogeneous mass and squeeze the juice through cheesecloth. Serve the drink garnished with a sprig of mint and 3-4 ice cubes.