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Struggling with Blood Sugar Spikes? Manage it with Celery Ginger Juice

If blood sugar spikes are a struggle, you’re definitely not alone! The good news is, there’s a natural way to deal with those blood sugar spikes and find some relief.

We’re introducing celery ginger juice! This drink goes beyond just refreshment.

It’s loaded with lots of health benefits to help you regulate your blood sugar.

Celery is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, while ginger is being studied to see if it can help with blood sugar management.

But this isn’t a one-note recipe! We’ll also explore the base version of celery ginger juice and show you how to customize it with different flavor combinations.

The Power of Celery and Ginger

There are reasons why celery and ginger are a good combination for managing blood sugar:

  • Celery: This crunchy celery stick is mostly water, it keeps you hydrated, and its low in calories too. Some studies even show that it improves insulin sensitivity.
  • Ginger: This spice adds a nice kick to your juice recipes. While research is still ongoing, ginger’s health benefits for managing blood sugar are being studied.
Celery

There’s promising evidence that celery may be beneficial for improving insulin sensitivity. Here’s what we know so far:

  • Low glycemic index: Celery has a very low glycemic index (GI), which means it doesn’t cause significant spikes in blood sugar levels. This is important for people with diabetes, as frequent blood sugar spikes can worsen these conditions.
  • Fiber content: Celery contains fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar by slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates.
  • Compounds: Celery contains two compounds called phthalides and apigenin, they have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in animal studies.

A study was conducted using elderly pre-diabetic volunteers as a control group to analyze the effect of celery leaf extract on blood glucose and plasma insulin levels in elderly pre-diabetics [1].

The subjects included 16 elderly pre-diabetics older than 60 years (6 males and 10 females).

The subjects were a control group (placebo-treated) and a treatment group (celery-treated).

The treatment consisted of celery leaf extract capsules at the dose of 250 mg, 3 times per day (morning, afternoon and evening), 30 minutes before a meal, for 12 days.

Results of study showed that, there was a significant decrease in pre-prandial plasma glucose levels and post-prandial plasma glucose levels, but no significant increase in plasma insulin levels after using celery leaf for treatment in elderly pre-diabetics.

The study concluded that, celery was effective at reducing blood glucose levels, but there was no link between blood glucose levels and plasma insulin levels in elderly pre-diabetics.

Ginger

Research suggests that ginger may be helpful in improving a person’s insulin sensitivity. Here’s the evidence:

  • Positive effects: Several studies, including a 2018 systematic review and meta-analysis, have found that ginger consumption can help manage blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity [2].
  • Mechanisms: Ginger works by affecting how your body absorbs carbohydrates and uses insulin. Some studies suggest that ginger inhibit enzymes that break down carbs and affect insulin sensitivity as a whole [3, 4].
  • Dosage and effects: Studies have shown positive effects with ginger powder supplementation typically around 1-3 grams daily for a period of weeks or months [5, 6].

Health Benefits of Celery Ginger Juice

Hydration: Celery ginger juice is over 90% water, so this keeps you hydrated.

Vitamins and Minerals: This juice packs a punch of vitamin C, potassium, and other nutrients that support your well-being.

Digestive Support: Ginger is known for its digestive benefits, and the combination of celery and ginger helps digestion.

How to Make Celery Ginger Juice Recipe

This recipe is the basic, so feel free to adjust the amount of ginger you use to make the juice! Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 small bunch of celery (or 1 heart)
  • 1-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Splash of water (for blending)

Here’s the nutritional information for each ingredient in a celery ginger juice recipe (based on their serving sizes):

1 cup chopped celery (1 small bunch)

  • Calories: 16Kcal
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Vitamin C: 14mg
  • Potassium: 425mg

1 tbsp chopped ginger (1-inch knob)

  • Calories: 5Kcal
  • Carbs: 1g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Vitamin C: 0mg
  • Potassium: 415mg

1/2 cup cucumber (chopped)

  • Calories: 8Kcal
  • Carbs: 2g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Vitamin C: 2mg
  • Potassium: 138mg

1 medium green apple

  • Calories: 95Kcal
  • Carbs: 25g
  • Fiber: 4.4g
  • Vitamin C: 8.5mg
  • Potassium: 195mg

lemon juice (1/2)

  • Calories: 6Kcal
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Vitamin C: 18.7mg
  • Potassium: 31mg

Now, following these instructions:

  • Wash and chop the celery and ginger.
  • Add all ingredients to your juicer and juice according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If using a blender, add a splash of water and blend until smooth.
  • Strain the blended mixture through a cheesecloth to remove the pulp.
  • Enjoy your fresh celery ginger juice!

Tips:

  • Fresh ingredients will yield the best flavor.
  • Start with a smaller amount of ginger and adjust to your taste preference.
  • The optional ingredients can add sweetness or a different flavor profile. Experiment to find what you enjoy most!

Flavorful Variations to Spice Up Your Juice

If you want to create different recipes, here are some ways to customize your celery ginger juice:

  • Cooling Cucumber: Add half a cucumber for a refreshing twist and extra hydration.
  • Sweet Apple Delight: A green apple adds natural sweetness and a touch of fiber.
  • Tangy Lemon Twist: Half a lemon adds a bright flavor and a boost of vitamin C.

So, what are you waiting for?

Grab your juicer or blender! Whip up this delicious celery ginger juice and enjoy a refreshing drink packed with benefits.

Not only is it tasty, but it also helps manage blood sugar spikes.

Other juice recipes you may also like:

References:

  • [1] The effects of celery leaf (apium graveolens L.) treatment on blood glucose and insulin levels in elderly pre-diabetics. Authors; Yusni Yusni, PhD, Hendra Zufry, MD, Firdalena Meutia, MD, and Krishna W. Sucipto, MD. Saudi Med J. 2018 Feb; 39(2): 154–160. doi: 10.15537/smj.2018.2.21238 [view article]
  • [2] Effects of Ginger on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Components of the Metabolic Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Authors; Jie Zhu, Hao Chen, Zhixiu Song, Xudong Wang, and Zhenshuang Sun. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018; 2018: 5692962. Published online 2018 Jan 9. doi: 10.1155/2018/5692962 [view article]
  • [3] Effect of ginger on the blood glucose level of women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) with impaired glucose tolerance test (GTT): a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial.

    Authors; Fariba Hajimoosayi, Shahideh Jahanian Sadatmahalleh, corresponding author: Anoshirvan Kazemnejad, and Reihane Pirjani3. BMC Complement Med Ther. 2020; 20: 116. Published online 2020 Apr 19. doi: 10.1186/s12906-020-02908-5 [view article

  • [4] The Effects of Ginger on Fasting Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1c, Apolipoprotein B, Apolipoprotein A-I and Malondialdehyde in Type 2 Diabetic Patients. Authors; Nafiseh Khandouzi, Farzad Shidfar, Asadollah Rajab, Tayebeh Rahideh, Payam Hosseini, and Mohsen Mir Taherif. Iran J Pharm Res. 2015 Winter; 14(1): 131–140. [view article]
  • [5] Effects of ginger supplementation on insulin resistance and metabolic parameters in overweight or obese subjects with normal fasting glycemia: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Authors; Mehran Rahimlou, Zahra Yari, Elham Rayyani, Seyed Ali Keshavarz, Seyedahmad Hosseini, Nava Morshedzadeh, and Azita Hekmatdoost. J Diabetes Metab Disord. 2019 Jun; 18(1): 119–125. Published online 2019 Mar 22. doi: 10.1007/s40200-019-00397-z [view article]
  • [6] The effect of ginger powder supplementation on insulin resistance and glycemic indices in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Authors; Hassan Mozaffari-Khosravi, Behrouz Talaei, Beman-Ali Jalali, Azadeh Najarzadeh, Mohammad Reza Mozayan. [view article]

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