Mar 08, 2013

Celery Pineapple Frappé


I’ve always heard celery juice was good for lowering blood pressure so I decided to do some research to find out why. This versatile veggie contains compounds called phthalides. These compounds provide health benefits by naturally relaxing the muscles in and around the walls of the arteries which cause those vessels to dilate, creating more space inside the arteries that permits the blood to flow at a lower pressure. Phthalides also have been reported to lower blood pressure and promote a healthy circulatory system by reducing what are known as stress hormones.

Although Hippocrates prescribed the juice of this leafy-topped stalk to patients suffering from nervous tension and although Chinese medicine has long recognized celery juice to reduce high blood pressure, only recently has celery been studied in the Western world. The University of Chicago Medical Center is credited with one of the first studies of celery’s effects on blood pressure. In one instance, the father of a scientist at UCMC experienced a drop in his blood pressure from 158/96 to 118/82 after just one week of eating about four stalks a day. That’s pretty impressive!

The natural sodium in celery is very safe for consumption. Even individuals who are salt-sensitive can safely ingest the sodium in celery.

What else is celery juice good for?

Acidity: The important minerals in this magical juice effectively balance the body’s blood pH, neutralizing acidity.

Athletes: Celery juice acts as the perfect post-workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its rich minerals.

Cancer: Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells, phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells and coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.

Cholesterol: This humble pale juice has been shown to effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Diuretic: The potassium and sodium in celery juice helps to regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, making it an important aid in ridding the body of excess fluid.

Inflammation: The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.

Kidney function: Celery promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones.

Nervous system: The organic alkaline minerals in celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system, making it a wonderful drink for insomniacs.

Okay, I guess you get the message. Celery is good stuff! I am calling this a “frappé” because it develops a delicious frothy head on the top! The pineapple is a perfect sweet counterpart to the saltiness of the celery. Although it’s still quite cold here in the mountains this morning, this would actually be a perfect beverage for a hot summer day. It’s refreshing and satisfying. You will need a juicer and a blender for this recipe. 
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups celery juice
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Serves 2. Enjoy!
Healthy trails,

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