Celery is generally used as a flavor and aroma enhancer in cooking, for example in soups, or consumed directly as fresh vegetables. However, nowadays celery is also quite commonly consumed in juice form.
Lately, drinking celery juice is popular on social media. Not a few influencers in Indonesia and abroad regularly consume celery juice, because this vegetable is believed to have a number of health benefits.
Celery Nutritional Content
Since ancient times, celery has been known as an herbal plant in Greece, Egypt, China, India, and Italy. In 100 grams of celery (about half a dinner plate), it contains about:
- 15 calories
- 3 grams of carbohydrates
- 95 grams of water
- 0.7 grams of protein
- 1.5 grams of fiber
- 0.2 mg iron
- 260 mg potassium
- 80 mg sodium
- 40 mg calcium
- 11 mg magnesium
- 3 mg of vitamin C.
- 450 IU of vitamin A
- 35 micrograms (mcg) of folate
- 30 mcg of vitamin K
Benefits of Celery Juice
Some of the benefits of celery juice that are believed to be good for health are:
1. Has an antioxidant effect
Plants that have this distinctive aroma are said to have a high content of antioxidants, such as flavonoids and phenolic acids. These antioxidants are good for reducing the effects of free radicals that can damage cells and body tissues.
2. Reducing the risk of disease
Regular consumption of celery juice is said to reduce levels of fat, blood sugar, and blood pressure, thereby preventing a number of diseases. This effect is thought to be related to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in celery.
Unfortunately, there are no definite conclusions about the benefits of celery juice as a disease preventive. Research that claims these benefits is only in the form of laboratory experiments, and there have been no clinical studies in humans.
3. Maintain a healthy digestive tract
According to a study conducted in the United States, regular consumption of fruit and vegetable juices, including celery, can meet nutritional needs and maintain a healthy digestive system.
Fruits and vegetables contain lots of dietary fiber which acts as a prebiotic, which is food for the good bacteria in the intestines. Celery juice contains lots of water and antioxidants that are good for reducing inflammation. That is the reason celery juice is believed to maintain a healthy digestive system.
4. Reducing menstrual pain
Pain and cramps before or during menstruation are complaints that are often experienced by women. According to a study, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, including celery, can reduce pain during menstruation.
In conclusion, celery juice is good for consumption and has many health benefits. But keep in mind, drinking celery juice must be accompanied by consumption of other healthy foods with balanced nutrition. Consume various types of fruits and vegetables every day in a varied way, so that the needs of each nutrient can be met.