Another fad has hit the Internet and people are jumping on the celery juice bandwagon without question, all caused by unfounded claims from a non-medical spiritual healer with a large online following and a page of celebrity endorsements.
Is this enough to turn science in favor of unproven claims that celery juice can cure chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia and can provide relief from illnesses including cancer and diabetes? Experts say such claims are being made with little or no scientific backing.
While there are certainly health benefits to eating celery like all vegetables, there is no scientific evidence that celery juice cures chronic illnesses.
What does celery do to your body? Eating celery gives the body a load of vitamins and minerals including vitamin K, A, B-2, B-6 and C along with potassium and folate. Also, the phytonutrients in celery have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
In a 2016 cancer study, researchers found that luteolin, a common chemical compound found in many fruits, medicinal herbs and vegetables including celery, prevented tumor development by inactivating several signals and transcription pathways essential for cancer cells.
Another 2014 study on rats found that rats who consumed celery leaf extract for 30 days showed a significant decrease in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad’ cholesterol, but still, there is no medical research to show that consuming any amount of celery juice has an effect on chronic illnesses.