Trend vs. Science: Celery Juice

Is drinking 16oz of fresh celery juice really the answer to all our problems?

Key ones being:

  • Acne

  • Chronic illnesses

  • Auto-immune diseases

  • Improving/healing digestion issues

This all started from the Medical Medium’s blog/website/social media. The general idea is that celery juice contains these “cluster salts” and drinking 16 oz on an empty stomach will allow those salts to effectively heal a lot of the ailments you might have.

Major wellness blogs/publications/influencers are jumping on this celery juice trend. So I wanted to investigate it a little further, because as far as I can tell, I haven’t seen many (if any) actual evidence-based experiments to show the benefits of celery juice. I basically want to unpack what is written on his website a bit:

From the celery juice website written by the Medical Medium himself:

“Celery’s ability to break down and flush out viruses is life-changing news for anybody who has been told they have an autoimmune disease. Pathogens such as viruses, including EBV and shingles, are the true cause of the inflammation that’s mistakenly considered an autoimmune condition. Medical communities just aren’t aware of the real cause yet.”

It’s an interesting theory, but the juice itself just doesn’t go in and “break down viruses/flushes out toxins”. When we digest food our bodies absorb the nutrients it requires. It’s not logical to suggest the juice goes to the virus and “breaks it down” - when it literally doesn’t have access to it.

Currently no diet changes are recommended in the treatment of acne. Your skin is a barrier of dead tissue surrounding your entire body. Digesting things however, doesn’t affect your skin because your body is going to only absorb what it needs in the digestive system, and then continue to maintain your health. Overall eating a better diet of whole foods and less processed junk will improve your overall health, but will not specifically target skin problems. Hormones do have an effect, but this affects a minority of people and is also difficult to pinpoint as a direct consequence of diet.

The main issue with the very large claims of this website are the fact that there is little to no scientific or clinical evidence supporting any specific aspect of drinking celery juice. The man behind this trend repeatedly states that the revolutionary “cluster salts” in celery and their incredible effects have yet to be discovered by medical science - this is NOT actually an argument that supports his claims, simply that we haven’t actually discovered them.

It’s important to note that the author has no PhD or medical degree, and is in fact a self-proclaimed “medium” - i.e. he receives this knowledge through the spiritual medium. So if you are going to trust his opinion, you need to be aware that this is what he is. Celery juice is a healthy drink and will give you some great nutrients and minerals, and I have no doubt that drinking it everyday will produce some positive effects, but will not be a cure-all for inflammation, digestion issues and systemic health problems.

What’s dangerous is that the myths written by this “medium” are being propagated by media outlets, celebrities and influencers with massive followings. Luckily a lot of people are trying to inform others that these claims are not scientifically backed, but further supports the need to really be critical of what we see online, especially huge claims like those regarding celery juice.

Follow @drjoshuawolrich, @anjalimahto and @rooted_project on instagram for real science-backed nutrition and health advice.