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CELERY: the SUPERFOOD of the moment

Celery juice: experience a green miracle for yourself

Admittedly, celery is not exactly the first thing to spring to mind when we think of fresh, green superfoods. Over the last few years, that has been kale, in particular, the much-lauded king of green vegetables – but kale has now been deposed and celery has ascended the throne. In Los Angeles, NYC and Miami, the epicentres of the US healthy lifestyle movement, wellness bloggers, yogis and recognised health experts alike have been devotedly celebrating and promoting the vegetable for its countless health & beauty benefits.

But celery is anything but a new discovery; in many places round the world, it has been known as a plant with curative properties for hundreds of years. Traditional Chinese medicine uses it to combat excessively high blood pressure, for example, and it is deployed in Ayurvedic healing to fight digestive disorders. It has also been said that celery has a regenerative effect on the nervous system, helps cleanse the blood of harmful toxins, and soothes inflammation. What might be its greatest plus point takes place in the bowel, however: celery is said to help with the production of hydrochloric acid (HCl), a component of stomach acid, thus topping up the body’s own reserves. This is said to boost digestion and improve general intestinal health.

And here are a whole load of other reasons why we are best off drinking a glass of celery juice every day, as this is all it is said to take to achieve positive results:

The reputed health benefits of celery juice

BETTER DIGESTION

Celery regulates the production of HCl, providing support for the body’s acid/base balance; this, in turn, is a prerequisite for wellbeing and a slim, healthy body. Gastric acid plays a decisive role in completely digesting food, ensuring absorption of important nutrients and preventing bloating.

LIVER DETOX

Studies have shown that celery boosts the health of the liver, improving the body’s detoxifying capabilities over the long term. Celery’s detox powers are also evident in the way it fights bad bacteria, fungi, viruses and toxins in the liver; the plant nutrients in its green stems are also said to act preventatively.

AID FOR THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

Because of its detoxifying and blood-cleansing properties, celery even has a calming effect on our nerves.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTI-AGEING WEAPON

The vegetable also contains valuable secondary plant substances that are renowned for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action – for those who need to know chapter and verse, the highly effective substances found in celery are called phenolic acids, flavonoids, (including luteolin) and phytosterols. Antioxidants protect the body from the free radicals that rapidly accelerate the ageing process.

THYROID CLEANSING

The mineral salts contained in celery help the body to cleanse the thyroid gland. In addition, celery can also stimulate the production of thyroid hormones, preventing and even countering hypothyroidism.

HEART HEALTH

Studies have shown that intake of celery extract (such as in celery juice) reduces the risk of stroke, low blood pressure and arteriosclerosis.

PACKED WITH VITAL SUBSTANCES This vegetable is exploding with active ingredients as it contains numerous vitamins and trace elements, including vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E, along with minerals such as calcium, iron and potassium. This not only prevents deficiency symptoms, it also provides your skin and hair with valuable nutrients.

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