We’re exploring the benefits of celery juice beyond its known claims, and talking all about how it impacts the female reproductive system. Learn how this green elixir may positively impact your vagina and support overall well-being.
It’s no secret that celery juice has superfood qualities, with nutrition experts and celebrities alike touting it for its potential hydration, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. But what—if any—effect does it have on vaginal health? As it turns out, there are some potential perks for consuming both celery and celery juice, not only for a healthier vaginal flora but also for benefits such as balancing menstrual cycles and improving PMS symptoms. While more research is needed, celery can up the ante to your favorite green juice recipe and help introduce more variety of vitamins and minerals to your diet.
Up ahead, we explore the benefits of celery juice, including some of the promising research that suggests celery’s potential for supporting female reproductive health, and how snacking on the crunchy and refreshing vegetable can support improved digestion and a healthy and happy microbiome.
The Nutritional Power of Celery Juice
According to Emma Drackford, a nutritionist at NBE Nutrition Coaching, celery and celery juice are stacked with vital nutrients that can support overall health, including vaginal health. “You’ll find large amounts of vitamins A, K, B2, B6, and potassium in celery juice, which are important for heart health and can improve energy production,” she explains. Celery also has a high fiber content of 1.6 grams per 100 grams, and if you choose to snack on it instead of juice it, Drackford says it can support digestive health. “Adults need at least 25 grams of fiber daily, so including celery in your diet along with other fruits and vegetables will help your digestive system work optimally.” Additionally, celery—and its juice, for that matter—has a high water content so that it can support hydration from the inside out.
Celery Juice and Vaginal Health
On top of its nutritional value, celery juice has anti-inflammatory properties, which Drackford says has stood in good stead for some popular home remedies. “One of those is bacterial vaginosis, which is a common vaginal infection caused by an overgrowth of bacteria—celery juice’s anti-inflammatory properties are believed to ease the condition and help relieve symptoms,” she explains. In general, celery juice’s vast range of nutrients along with its anti-inflammatory properties “can help support healthy vaginal floral and illuminate unpleasant odors,” Drackford adds.
While more research is needed, Drackford also notes that in some instances, celery juice can help regulate your cycle because it contains phytoestrogens, which are plant-based compounds that can increase estrogen in the body and, according to research, may assist menstrual regularity. With that being said, it’s always best to check with your doctor if your menstrual cycle is irregular to ensure there are no underlying health issues.
Since you lose celery’s fiber content when juicing, if you choose to snack on the vegetable instead of juice it, you can also support vaginal health through the fiber benefits since eating enough fiber is linked to balancing the vagina’s pH levels and supports the improvement of its overall health.
Supporting Evidence and Research
While more research is needed to determine the direct benefits of celery and celery juice for vaginal health, there is some promising data that links the vegetable to supporting female reproductive health. First, the fiber found in celery can be connected to vaginal health since the healthy bacteria in the vagina feed on fiber. Additionally, celery is considered an alkaline food, and it is believed that alkaline foods can support pH balance within the body.
Another interesting and potential way celery benefits the vagina is through its connection to blood pressure. According to a study from the Cleveland Clinic, celery seeds can lower blood pressure. This might be beneficial for fertility as some research suggests that women who experience higher blood pressure before pregnancy might experience an increase in estrogen production which could impact egg quality and be harder for an embryo to implant.
Since celery has phytoestrogens, drinking celery juice can also support a more regular menstrual cycle. Other foods with phytoestrogens include spinach, beans, plums, pears, garlic, onion, and cabbage.
The Role of Diet in Female Reproductive Health
Your overall diet is intrinsically linked to your reproductive system, says Drackford. “Eating a diet full of healthy whole foods helps to balance your hormones and improves your reproductive system,” she explains. When considering diet’s effect on female reproductive health, Drackford says to include lots of fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber because fiber not only improves blood sugar and the cardiovascular system but it can also impact your menstrual cycle, improve PMS symptoms, and improve your chances of getting pregnant.
In addition to celery and celery juice, Drackford says other foods that can benefit vaginal health include prebiotic-rich vegetables and fruits such as onion, garlic, asparagus, oats, and bananas. She also recommends incorporating probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, pickles, and kombucha to support healthy vaginal flora (in addition to healthy gut flora). To balance hormones through food, Drackford recommends eating more avocado, oily fish, nuts and seeds, eggs, and lean meats. She also says that dark chocolate in small quantities can help balance hormones.
From a more holistic point of view, it’s beneficial to not only eat specific foods that support hormone balancing and vaginal health but also to ensure you consume a more balanced diet with carbs, fats, and protein in each meal. And according to Drackford, carbs are actually an important component of said balanced diet. “Low-carb diets can disturb your hormone balance, so they aren’t generally a good idea for women,” she explains.
Incorporating Celery Juice in Your Routine
Sipping on celery juice is actually quite simple. First and foremost, if you have a juicer and want to make your own celery juice at home, you can easily add the stocks along with some lemon and ginger for an added punch of flavor. You can also add celery to your favorite green smoothie recipe, which can give you the benefits of celery juice plus its fiber. Another easy way to incorporate celery juice into your diet is through supplementation. The HUM Nutrition Celery Juice Fiber Gummies are formulated with celery juice, prebiotic fiber, and chlorophyll to support a healthy gut and digestion—plus, they’re a convenient way to get that green juice in without actually juicing.
If you are concerned about vaginal health or your fiber intake, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional for more personalized advice based on your needs. And, while celery and celery juice can provide lots of health benefits, keep moderation in mind, as consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables is more important for a more balanced and nutrient-rich diet.
Overall, adding celery and celery juice to your diet can provide some health benefits, including supporting vaginal health. Since celery contains phytoestrogens, it can support hormone and menstrual regulation. It’s also an alkaline food that can support balanced pH levels. And, since celery is rich in fiber and vaginal flora thrives off fiber, it can support a healthier microbiome, too. More research is needed to specifically link celery to vaginal health, though some of its general health benefits are promising, and adding celery and celery juice to a balanced diet can help further support these efforts.