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Celery juice has been making rounds on the healthy drink front for a long time. It is usually combined with apples, spinach, ginger, or lemon to kick-start the day.
Celery juice is consumed to boost energy, detoxify the body, maintain liver health, boost immunity, and consume all the vitamins and minerals in it.
But here’s a thought – have you considered combining celery juice with other vegetable juices? Cabbage juice – known to have similar health benefits as celery – can be a great addition to boost celery’s health advantages.
Health Benefits of Celery and Cabbage Juice
Consuming celery and cabbage juice offer these health advantages.
1. Detoxifies the body
Celery is a water-rich vegetable, meaning it has high water content. Consuming its juice allows the body to flush out toxins easily.
Its bioactive compounds include caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, apigenin, luteolin, tannin, saponin, and kaempferol, which act as powerful antioxidants that remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals cause damage to body cells and organs. (1)
Combining celery juice with the ability of cabbage juice to aid in the detoxification pathways of the liver and kidneys and protect these organs from toxicity due to heavy metals (2) can lead to a powerful detoxifying drink that can help you maintain your health.
2. Boosts immunity
Apart from being a rich source of antioxidants, celery juice also contains nutrients involved in boosting immune functions in the body. Celery extracts were also found to possess some antibacterial properties when applied to wounds on the skin. (3)
Cabbage juice is abundant in vitamin C, and just 100 g of cabbage gives you 41% of the vitamin’s daily requirement. (4) Since vitamin C is involved in the multiplication and activity of immune cells, a deficiency of it can cause impaired immune function and increase susceptibility to infections. (5)
3. Manages blood pressure
Celery and cabbage juice is sufficiently rich in potassium and can be beneficial in managing high blood pressure. It improves the tone of blood vessels to ease blood flow and causes the excretion of excess sodium, which is directly responsible for increasing blood pressure. (6)
In addition, celery contains bioactive compounds called phthalides that cause the expansion of the muscles of the blood vessels and effectively lower blood pressure. (7)
4. Improves bone health
Vegetables teeming with antioxidants such as cabbage and celery are associated with a reduced risk of fractures. (8)
In addition, the high vitamin K content of celery and cabbage juice prevents bone loss and reduces the risk of fractures and osteoporosis, especially in postmenopausal women. (9)
5. May help gut health
Consuming celery and cabbage juice without straining the fibrous pulp can be beneficial in improving gut health.
Fiber in the diet can influence gut microorganisms that are involved in key bodily functions such as improving immunity, maintaining metabolism, improving digestion, and maintaining a healthy weight. (10)
6. Supports healthy skin
Celery extracts including its juice are used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, (1) and cabbage is known to be beneficial for dermatitis, an inflammatory skin condition. (11)
The nutrients you will get from celery and cabbage juice also improve overall skin health, reduce fine lines, boost collagen production, and protect the skin from damage by UV exposure. (11)
7. Can boost fertility in men
In animal studies, celery juice was found to increase the production of sperm and improve fertility in males. (1)(12)
This is due to celery’s strong antioxidant capacity and its content of the flavonoid apiein. Antioxidants influence the part of the brain responsible for controlling the production of sperm to increase fertility. (13)
Cabbage, on the other hand, contains selenium, which is required for normal sperm production, maturation, motility, and overall function. Selenium also increases the activity of the antioxidant glutathione peroxidase (GPX), which also plays a role in improving male fertility.
The other antioxidants in cabbage including kaempferol and quercetin also benefit the production of healthy sperm, making a combination of celery and cabbage juice great for boosting fertility in men. (14)
8. Manages diabetes
Celery juice with leaves has been found to reduce blood glucose levels in fasting and post-meal states. (15) Moreover, consuming celery and cabbage juice with their fibrous pulp can help in reducing levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and total cholesterol. (12)
High levels of these types of cholesterol are common side effects in people with diabetes.
How to Make Celery and Cabbage Juice
- A quarter head of cabbage (200 g)
- 200 g of celery stalks with leaves
- 1 red or green apple
- Juice of 1 lemon
You can strain this mixture to remove the fibrous pulp, but as discussed, some health benefits are obtained from the consumption of fiber as well.
Nutrients in Celery and Cabbage
Just 1 cup of celery juice (made from 200 g of celery) gives the daily recommended requirements of the following nutrients: (16)
- 6% of vitamin A
- 10% of vitamin B2
- 10% of vitamin B6
- 21% of folate
- 8% of vitamin C
- 58% of vitamin K
- 13% of potassium
- 9% of copper
- 7% of calcium
- 8% of sodium
Cabbage too is replete with a variety of nutrients. Juice made from 100 g of raw cabbage can give you the daily recommended requirements of the following nutrients: (4)
- 3% of calcium
- 4% of potassium
- 11% of folate
- 41% of vitamin C
- 63% of vitamin K
Precautions to Consider
Celery and cabbage juice is extremely high in vitamin K, which can cause the formation of blood clots that can block arteries and reach vital organs such as the lungs and heart. A clot that reaches the heart can be fatal.
Can This Juice Reduce Stomach Ulcers?
Cabbage juice is useful in reducing stomach ulcers and can soothe the inflammation in the stomach. Celery and cabbage juice is likely to offer the same benefits.
Celery and cabbage juice can offer a variety of health benefits, from detoxifying the body and protecting the liver and kidney from heavy metal toxicity to boosting immune function, providing a variety of vitamins and minerals, improving gut health, maintaining healthy skin, reducing blood pressure, managing diabetes, and reducing the risk of fractures by improving bone density.
Just 1 serving daily (200 ml) of this juice is enough to enjoy these benefits.
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