You’ve all seen it. That beautiful cup of vibrant green juice that has swept instagram feeds like wildfire. Hell, people are even posting photos of themself HUGGING giant stalks of celery, and filling ENTIRE grocery carts full of celery. From celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenna Dewan, Robert De Niro, and James Vanderbeek, millions are buying into this trend...and there are some really wild claims flying around about its ability to heal.
“Celery Juice reduces brain fog”
“Celery Juice heals eczema, psoriasis, & acne”
“Celery Juice is critical for acid reflux”
“Celery juice helps fight autoimmune disease”
“Celery can dissolve gallstones over time”
The man responsible for these claims is Anthony William , AKA the “Medical Medium” and the “Originator of Global Celery Juice Movement”.
I’ve been following Anthony on Instagram for years and, honestly I’m not sure how I even came across him. I’m definitely not alone-- he’s got 1.4 million followers from across the globe, and preaches holistic ways to heal your body through food.
He isn’t a licensed doctor or a medical professional, but he tauts himself the “medical medium” due to his belief that he was born with “the unique ability to converse with Spirit of Compassion who provides him with extraordinarily accurate health information that’s often far ahead of its time.”
When William was only 4 years old, he informed his family that his symptom free grandmother had lung cancer. Doctors soon confirmed, and he believes that he was born with the gift of being able to read people’s medical conditions and help them recover their health. Now 28 years old, William has written 4 books and is a #1 New York Times Best Selling Author.
So, why celery?
Celery is loaded with essential minerals and vitamins such as folate, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin K.
Other certified medical professionals state that :
The possible health benefits of celery and its seeds include:
lowering inflammation due to one of its properties, apigenin.
reducing blood pressure
reducing the risk of cancer Celery contains a flavanoid called luteolin. Which may possess anti-cancer properties.
preventing age-related vision loss
Other claims being made by the Medical Medium are …
So, how’s it done?
William instructs that celery juice is best consumed first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before eating breakfast. The recommended amount is 16 oz (1 stalk usually produces 16-24 oz). You can either run the celery through a juicer (after rinsing and chopping off the base), or blend it and strain it using a mesh strainer or cheese cloth (not an easy feat, FYI).
Kayla Hansmann R.D. (aka @cincyfitfoodie and creator of @milkdnutrition) and I decided to give celery juice a try.
TMI, but I’ve been suffering from some unexplainable gastrointestinal issues recently, so after seeing enough claims about this miracle juice helping with gut issues (and clearing up skin and helping with focus and providing a boost of energy in the morning and my jealousy of all those people hugging stalks of celery on instagram building) I decided the hell with it, it’s worth a shot.
About 1.5 weeks in, I was a wreck.
My gut problems seemed to be getting worse. At one point, I was positive that I was intolerant to eggs… it couldn't be the 16 oz of juice I was drinking every morning, no way. I DID feel a boost of energy in the morning and felt like I didn’t need as much coffee (not to say I drank less coffee, but I could have been fine taking a cup out of my morning routine). It also made me *feel* like I was doing something really great for my body-- a new healthy habit that made me want to be my healthiest self all day. But all in all, once I stopped, my stomach calmed down… and I can now eat eggs without fear of any violent repercussions.
Kayla’s take: If celery juice was really the answer to so many of our complex medical disorders, a lot more licensed medical professionals would be writing scripts for its touted benefits. The actual scientific research is lacking and the reports are all mostly biased. With that said, incorporating a juice or two every so often isn’t a terrible habit to get into (and doing so on any empty stomach in the morning could improve overall absorption of nutrients). If you don’t like the flavor straight-up, as is, try adding some ginger or lemon + cayenne to give it a kick! My vote -- keep the celery whole -- add it to your stir frys, soups, smoothies and keep all of the fiber there!
My opinion: If you are curious on whether or not you’d reap benefits by adding celery juice to your morning regimen-- give it a shot! It can’t be bad for you, right? It definitely wasn't for me, but there are tens of thousands of people buying into its healing powers, so you might have a better experience.