Whether you're looking to boost your veggie intake or you simply seek a healthful alternative to calorie-laden sodas, cucumber and celery juices make beneficial additions to your diet. While juice has some drawbacks compared to whole veggies -- it's generally less filling because of its low fiber content -- juicing can help reduce your pesticide intake because the pesticide-exposed skin gets separated from the fluid during the juicing process. Cucumber and celery juices also offer minerals and vitamins your body needs to function.
Drink cucumber or celery juice as a source of beneficial copper. Like many essential minerals, copper benefits your health by activating enzymes in your cells. Copper-dependent enzymes fuel your lifestyle by helping you produce energy, and they also support immune system and nerve function. Consuming copper also helps your red blood cells function, and a diet rich in both copper and iron prevents anemia. A 1-cup portion of fresh cucumber juice contains 102 micrograms of copper -- 11 percent of the recommended daily intake -- while an equivalent serving of celery juice contains 87 micrograms, or 10 percent of the recommended daily intake.
A Modicum of Manganese
Drink cucumber or celery juice, and you'll also boost your manganese intake. Manganese activates proteins your body needs to form blood clots, as well as to synthesize hormones essential for reproductive health. Your body also utilizes the manganese from your diet during collagen production, and as a result, manganese keeps your connective tissue strong. A cup of celery juice boasts 0.26 milligrams of manganese, which makes up 14 percent and 11 percent of the recommended daily intakes for women and men, respectively. Cucumber juice contains slightly less manganese, at 0.2 milligrams per cup.
Cucumber and celery juice also provide you with vitamin A, or retinol. Vitamin A has two major roles in the adult body -- it guides cellular maturation so that newborn cells can develop into functional tissue, and it promotes healthy vision. Getting enough vitamin A also proves important for expectant mothers because it's essential for fetal growth. Celery offers a generous amount of vitamin A -- 1,114 international units, which is 37 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 48 percent for women. Cucumber juice contains 260 international units -- 11 percent and 9 percent of the daily recommended vitamin A intakes for women and men, respectively.
Reach for cucumber or celery juice as a source of vitamin K. Like manganese, vitamin K facilitates blood clotting. This makes it important for healing after an injury because your body relies on blood clots to physically block blood flow out of a wound. Your body also needs vitamin K for new bone tissue growth, and low vitamin K levels might increase your risk of osteoporosis. A serving of celery juice contains 73 micrograms of vitamin K, while an equivalent serving of cucumber juice provides 41 micrograms. Both juices contribute a considerable amount toward your daily intake goal -- 125 micrograms for men and 90 micrograms for women.
- University of Wisconsin: Juicing Fruits and Vegetables
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Celery, Raw
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Cucumber, With Peel, Raw
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Copper
- Linus Pauling Institute: Manganese
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin A (Retinol)
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin K