You may have noticed every time you open your Instagram, there’s another new celebrity drinking celery juice. Life & Style exclusively spoke with the man behind the trend, Anthony William (a.k.a the Medical Medium), about where it all started and some surprising benefits of adding this green juice to your daily diet. Celebs like Kim Kardashian and Jenna Dewan are fans of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, and they’ve openly talked about adding celery juice to their routine. So, should you consider hopping on the bandwagon? See what William and other registered dietitians have to say about the trend.

While this seems like something new, the originator has actually worked with thousands of chronically ill clients for the past 20 years. “This has already helped heal hundreds of thousands of people prior to actually getting into the mainstream, and now it’s millions,” he explained. “There are people who are literally turning their lives around.”

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The author claims that long-term celery juicing can help with a plethora of health concerns, including, acne, acid reflux, and bloating. However, he’s also stated that he believes it can kill viruses like Epstein Barr, Shingles, and Strep. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star recently shared that she was drinking it to clear up her psoriasis. The podcast host claims that to better understand its healing effects, you should stop thinking of celery as the bland vegetable you remember from grade school lunch. “This isn’t a vegetable, it’s an herb. When you juice celery, it’s a powerful herbal extract,” he said.

His personal studies have shown that the secret is in sodium salt clusters. The Liver Rescue author explained that it’s a “sub-group of sodium, so it’s the elements of sodium with a cluster of other varieties of salt.” He continued, “That’s what it is, a clustering around the element of sodium. That’s the power it holds. So what that means is it kills pathogens. It has the power to destroy what’s in people that are making them sick.” Although he says that science hasn’t researched these clusters yet, his work with patients the past couple of decades is all the evidence he needs to believe in their power. 

Whether you want to try celery juice for a serious condition or simply to have more energy, there are some do’s and don’ts involved. First, the Medical Medium recommends drinking 16 ounces of the beverage first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Don’t let the juice sit for more than 24 hours. It’s OK to start will less, but try building yourself up to the full amount the more you get used to it. Most importantly, don’t mix anything in it, including ice. “It has to be in its basic simple form,” the author pleads. 

Basically, don’t believe every influencer you see. “You’ll see trendsetters that bank on their products. They’ll throw collagen in it because they want to sell their collagen … they’re just hurting the chronically ill if people actually get the wrong message and destroy it,” he explained. And, no, throwing a celery stick in your smoothie won’t garner the same results. Juice it, drink it, and test the benefits for yourself. 

So, your favorite Instagrammer loves the trend, but what about other health professionals? Life & Style spoke exclusively with registered dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner who’s a “fan” of celery juicing and says it “definitely has benefits.” She explained, “Think of it like a natural electrolyte drink, so there may be help with bloating and [hydration] … Plus it’s loaded with antioxidants, like all produce is, for overall health.” The dietician also added that it’s a great source of vitamins A, C, and K which are good for the heart, bones, and could even help with endurance while exercising.

However, the health professional warns that it’s not a one-way ticket to health. “I don’t prescribe this as a magic solution to any clients, or myself, but it could be one of the many healthful drinks to put into the rotation. [It] can’t hurt, [it] may help, and [you] can never go wrong with produce!”

Plant-based nutrition expert, Sharon Palmer, did advise people to do their research when she exclusively answered Life & Style‘s questions about celery juicing. “I think that this habit could probably help you reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, though we need research to see if this really happens in humans that do this daily,” she explained. “[There are] a lot of claims on it, as regards to celery, on the Internet that seem hyped, and not founded in science. I would caution people to wait until the evidence is clear. Even though celery is certainly healthy, it’s not a magic cure, based on science right now,” she added.

In summary, always be mindful of what you’re putting into your body. While you could experience benefits from including celery juice in a well-rounded diet and lifestyle, it’s probably not a cure-all.