You might’ve seen people posting on Instagram (or talking IRL) about starting their days with a glass of celery juice. But is this just a trend? Or could a glass of celery juice a day really keep the doctor away? Here’s what experts have to say:

How was the trend born?
We owe this trend to psychic Anthony Williams and his best-selling book The Medical Medium, which argues that drinking 16 ounces of fresh celery juice each morning “can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week.” He claims it can help with everything from ADHD to UTIs! “Celery juice’s claim to recent fame is that it is said to be an amazing way to drink a wealth of vitamins and nutrients,” says Karina Heinrich, a certified integrative nutritionist and health coach.

What are the benefits?
According to Jessica Rosen, a certified holistic health coach and co-founder of Raw Generation, celery juice contains important vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C. “It’s excellent for bone and heart health, the immune system, eliminating toxicity from the body, and it possesses anti-cancer properties,” says Rosen. “The drink is especially powerful in its ability to reduce inflammation and improve gut health, which can help heal a number of ailments including chronic pain, skin problems, and digestive issues,” Rosen adds.

So, does it really work?
There’s no evidence that it’s the panacea The Medical Medium claims it is. “Juicing is somewhat controversial, and Anthony Williams is not a doctor or nutritionist,” says Kinh DeMaree, a health and wellness coach and the founder of Modern Ancient Wellness. “Most evidence that celery juice helps is anecdotal, and we don’t really have research like we do with avocados, beets, and other plant foods.”

Are there any downsides?
If you’re convinced that The Medical Medium is on to something, a daily glass of celery juice won’t hurt you. The only thing to keep in mind is that while there are benefits to drinking celery juice, there are even more advantages to eating celery. “It’s important to remember that celery juice doesn’t contain the beneficial fiber you find in raw, un-juiced celery,” says Heinrich. “Many doctors and nutritionists warn people about juicing, saying they are missing out on the cholesterol-lowering benefits by just extracting the juice,” DeMaree adds.

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xx, The FabFitFun Team