Celery: The Often-Ignored Alkalizing Powerhouse Your Bones Need - Save Our Bones

Medieval herbal philosophy subscribed to the “Doctrine of Signatures.” This meant that the way a plant or food appeared indicated what part of the body that food was good for. It sounds a bit silly to us today, but what’s fascinating is that science sometimes affirms these antiquated claims.

Take celery, for example. This vegetable’s resemblance to human bones meant it must be good for the skeleton. Perhaps medieval herbalists were on to something!

Celery’s Supportive Role

In most culinary applications, celery plays a background role. Minced and stirred into chicken or tuna salad, it gives a nice, neutral crunch. Sautéed with carrots and onions, celery helps form the base for many soups, stews, and sauces.

But celery does more than just play a supportive role in cooking; it “supports” your body by nourishing your skeleton.

Celery Deserves Recognition as a Bone-Builder

Celery should be taken out of the dark crisper drawer and brought into the light! It’s full of bone-healthy nutrients that are also Foundation Supplements – nutrients that are vital for building bone – as described in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. Celery is also low in calories, making it an excellent source of fiber and nutrients for those who are watching their weight.

Celery Has Amazing Alkalizing Powers

This common vegetable is also one of the most alkalizing foods available. And because of its stellar nutritional profile and bone-specific nutrients, celery is included in the list of Foundation Foods provided in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.

Celery is Full of Vitamin K

A Foundation Supplement, Vitamin K’s role in bone health is often overlooked by doctors. But Vitamin K is crucial to the bone-building process on a cellular level. It works with Vitamin D and osteocalcin, a calcium-binding protein, in the production and regulation of osteoclasts, which remove old bone to make room for new bone cells. Without Vitamin K, your bones are not able to absorb another important Foundation Supplement found in celery…

Calcium is one of the most prevalent minerals found in bone. Its role in osteoporosis management is undeniable, and even the mainstream medical community recommends calcium supplements to their osteoporosis “patients” (although they usually prescribe the wrong ones).

There are many more Foundation Supplements found in celery:

Folate (B9) is important for amino acid production. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and some of them bind to minerals to aid absorption.

Vitamin C, also an antioxidant, is ignored by Mainstream Medicine when it comes to bone health. But Vitamin C is essential to the formation of collagen, which binds the bone matrix cells together.

Manganese activates key enzymes, and it’s involved in the synthesis of connective tissue in bone.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), which helps in the formation of red blood cells and healthy nerves.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) helps release energy from food and is involved in various enzyme reactions.

Magnesium acts synergistically with calcium, and is important in many body processes.

Boron reduces the amount of urinary calcium and magnesium excretion and helps maintain healthy cell membranes.

In addition to these bone-specific benefits, celery packs other important minerals and vitamins, too, like Vitamin A and potassium. Celery also has lots of fiber.

There’s Yet Another Group of Crucial Nutrients in Celery

As if that were not enough, celery contains some amazing phytonutrients that have many other health benefits. In particular, there are three plant-based chemical substances that actually have been shown to lower blood pressure. They are:

  • Coumarin
  • Apigenin
  • Phthalide

Keeping your blood pressure under control is actually very important to your bone health. The main reason for this is the damage that high blood pressure can do to your kidneys. These twin organs are responsible for removing toxins and excess acid from your blood. So when your kidneys are not functioning well, every system in your body suffers, including your bones.

If you’re struggling to lower your blood pressure with ineffective and often dangerous drugs, please take a few minutes to watch this informative presentation.

A Bone-Healthy Celery Smoothie

Crunching a crisp stalk of raw celery is a simple and easy way to enjoy this Foundation Food. But you can also be creative and combine it with other ingredients that are good for your bones, as in the smoothie recipe below. It’s full of alkalizing fruits and vegetables that nourish your bones, and it’s refreshingly delicious.

Alkalizing Aloha


2 Servings
4 celery stalks
1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
1 apple, diced
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, diced 
1/2 cup water, preferably distilled (adjust to taste)


Blend all ingredients in a blender, and enjoy!

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  1. George

    Celery is also rich in coumarins, of which Coumadin (Warfarin) the anticoagulant blood thinner is made. Coumadin and it’s source Coumarin potently inhibit the function of vitamin K in the body, it is the method of action of said drug.

    So I’m curious how the moderate dose of vitamin K offsets the potent antagonism of K dependent enzymes in the body by coumarins.

    Also about the dangers of consuming large amounts of vitamin K with Coumarin, as those on Warfarin are supposed to heavily limit their consumption of vitamin K to prevent heart attack, stroke and hemmhorage.

  2. Kay

    Can you please include your citations for sources used in writing this article? Thanks

  3. Leslie

    I was just diagnosed last month with osteoporosis. I read in several sites where celery or celery seed or celery juice is beneficial for reversing and/or stopping the progress. No matter where I search I can not fine HOW MUCH.. or how many stalks or ounces of celery I need to take daily to be of the benefit I need it to be. Can anyone help? Thank you. Any help appreciated. 🙂

    • Hope

      For you, I would also recommend Chia seeds. Making a chia seeds pudding with almond milk for breakfast is excellent for people needing more calcium. After 4 days, you will notice stronger nails ( good sign). U can find cheap organic chia seeds on Amazon (also organic cacao powder for the pudding). Just look up chia seeds pudding recipe. Good for every mornings.

    • vince

      I have a uring test kit which I use at home. I use the results from that to tell me if I need to increase or decrease my Celery intake. The urine strips were quite cheap £16 for a pack of 25. I get mine from a pharamcist rather than over ther internet so that I can Pick the brains of the pharmacist. One question I had for eaxmple was woud my medication effect the results. In my case he said it would not. Its a question I could not have asked an internet seller. When I old my specialist ( im beinmg treated for sarcoid ) I was drinking celery juice his response to me was It wont do you any harm. Good luck in finding the level of consumption thats right for you.

  4. JoAnn

    First time here. Must have been guided here by my Angels because recently found out I have the beginning of osteoporosis and will not take the pill recommended. Starts with an “F”. Will order your book and have checked all these great comments from your followers. Thank and God Bless all of you.

    • Hope

      Also for u:

      I would also recommend Chia seeds. Making a chia seeds pudding with almond milk for breakfast is excellent for people needing more calcium. After 4 days, you will notice stronger nails ( good sign). U can find cheap organic chia seeds on Amazon (also organic cacao powder for the pudding). Just look up chia seeds pudding recipe. Good for every mornings.

  5. annette patterson

    interested in health Infomation

  6. charles

    Thank you fore your help save our bones I enjoy reading your news letter thank you God bless

  7. Caz

    Hello Viv I have your book and am slowly incorporating your ideas into my diet. Can you please advise me what type of calcium supplement I should take available in UK as I can’t afford Tru Osteo shipped from the States. There are 2 I am interested in New Chapter Bone Strength and another is Rainbow Light PhytoKinetic Calcium. Its such a minefield for the layman to know which to take without doing more harm than good. I would very much appreciate your reply. Thank you.

    • Customer Support

      Caz, please send us an e-mail at Customer Support and we’ll be glad to help you out. You can click on the smiley face icon at the top of the page, or send an e-mail to: support@saveourbones.com. Thanks!

  8. Ineke

    Hi Vivian, re celery. For several years I have been drinking a daily glass of juiced celery, apple, carrot and beetroot. Apart from not getting the fibre, am I still getting good value out of the celery when juiced. I doubt I could actually eat this amount as whole food each morning.
    I have also made several batches of your toothpaste mixture but find the coconut oil solidifies and its no longer a paste, more like dried granules. Is this how its supposed to be.
    Many thanks

  9. carole lilly

    Speaking of Vit. K in celery, a longevity doctor in my area said that if we take Vit. K2, we don’t have to take calcium. Is this true?

  10. Tom

    I was wondering if your program would help me to heal my osteoarthritis?
    I have OsteoArthritis in both my knees..

  11. ada

    it is reported that prunes are good for osteoporosis, it is speculated that it is because it suppress the rate of bone resorption. If prunes slow down the rate of bone resorption, is prunes good or not?

    I am reading:

    : Bone biomarker improvements. Bone mineral density biomarkers found in the blood also showed improvement after 12 months. According to Arjmandi, this is due in part to the ability of dried plums to suppress the rate of bone resorption, or the breakdown of bone, which tends to exceed the rate of new bone growth as people age.
    : Dried plums may improve bone mass by slowing down the rate of bone turnover. The authors speculate that dried plums may improve bone health by suppressing the rate of bone resorption more so than the rate of bone formation. However, this can only be shown through bone biopsies.

  12. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Hi! Vivian,

    I LOVE CELERY. I Like It In Salads, I Like It In Soups, I Like To Dip It In Onion Dip, And Many Other Ways.

    Thank You Very Much For All Your Wonderful And Informative Articles You Send Me.

    Until Next Time. Take Good Care Of Yourself, And Stay Well.


  13. Marie Pinschmidt

    Vivian, I try to follow the outlines in your book. I was surprised that celery is so high in Vitamin K. I take Coumadin for atrial fibrillation, so am careful with Vit. K. products. I’m interested in your take re. Coumadin interaction for people like me.

  14. Norma

    Thank you Vivian for all your information, I have tried the soaps under the sheet….a teas of mustard….nothing works except getting up and wrapping a hot water facecloth around my calf and it goes away, I know that it happens when my feet get cold then at night I will get cramps mostly on my left leg…..I walk, exercise but I still get cramps on my legs like twice a week…..I am sorry they took quinine off the market Norma

    • Bev

      Hi Norma. I get leg cramps and magnesium helps me alot with them & heart palpitations.

  15. shula

    Sounds Good –

  16. Lucy(lee tong wai)

    Hello Vivian! Above is my new email address. I will try to include celery in my diet. I like your method of blending celery etc because that is wholesome goodness instead of juice. I read only yesterday that according to research that one chance of getting diabetes is 50% reduced when you eat whole fruits and vegetables. It does not work if you drink juice. Well you are on the right track. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  17. joyce cormack


    • kate

      no, you needn’t cook celery. in fact, fresh is better. Also, celery has the best type of sodium for us. it feeds our synovial fluid, which in turn picks up calcium at the joints and delivers it throughout the body…tissues, bones, ….all of it. most people do not understand that it has this high-quality sodium. and it’s mostly water, good organic water, which we need so much of. Eat a few stalks each day…you will see the difference.

    • Marie

      Celery is low in OA. Here’s good article in effect of OA…


  18. Tanialee

    This smoothie sounds delicious and I’ve been searching for good smoothies, well healthy ones anyhow and can’t wait to taste this one.
    Thanks Vivian.

  19. Guillermo

    We liquefy celery with water and drink it. Sometimes we add orange, tangerina or another fruit. But mostly we do it alone.
    3 stalks are enough for 4 glasses.

  20. Becki

    Is Kelp good for you?

    That is my only question at the moment.

    Thanks, Becki

  21. Elaine Lane

    What other foods contain magnesium? I have cramping in my feet and legs at night which is relieved with sitting in dry epsom salts for 15 minutes at a time. I know it is important for my bones. I sleep a lot better when I use it at night but often don’t have time to do it. I only have the cramping once a week.

    • Elaine

      This answer is shared because it is another very easy way to take care of leg cramps. I do not know why it works, maybe Vivan does or someone else. Place several small bars or pieces of soap [the size of one from a motel or hotel works well]under the bottom sheet of your bed in the area of where your legs are when you sleep. After several nights my cramps were gone and that was about 5 years ago. Not all soaps work, so you may need to experiment with different bars. I shared this information with a friend who thought it was crazy but to her amazement she found that it worked. Healing blessings.

    • Evelyn

      It was suggested to me to drink Tonic Water to get rid of the cramps in my legs and feet. It has quinine in it and that takes care of the cramps. I keep a bottle of Tonic Water in the refrigerator just for that purpose. Have been using it for several years and it works.

    • Guillermo

      You can buy magnesium chloride and make a solution of 100 grs. in 3 lts. of purified water with low salts. You can drink about 56 ml. every day. If you have heavy problems you can drink 3 times a day. Magnesium eliminates calcium from arteries and fixes it in the bone. If there is a problem of prostate this is the solution to the problem. Not only cramps but also arthritis and problems in the joints. You can drink it safely, there is no collateral problems. Some people are not used to ClMg, but with time the body accepts it. If you don´t like the taste you can add more water or juice.

  22. faye clarkson

    Got the message about celery. I am not fond of celery. Previously, I would only eat certain vegetable. In the past year, or so I have beenexpanding my range of vegetables. Celery is included. I understand your concept about celery being alkalizing. According to the test strip I did , I seem to be in a very good range for alkalizing. I always eat raw vegetables, a mixed salad, including celery. I do not make lettuce the main ingredient, as I see often in some salads.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I am glad to hear that you’re expanding your vegetable “repertoire,” Faye! I hope you’ll enjoy celery in more ways.

  23. Bob Foote

    Always read & enjoy your information packages,cannot respond to some of conformation requests as i am not an advocate of face book. Regards.

  24. John

    Thanks very much for your helpful suggestions. I’ll start some celery seeds today!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Growing your own is a fabulous idea, John!

  25. elsieelsiecolor@yahoo.com

    Hi Vivian great article I eat celery everyday in a salad with peanut butter with cream cheese in soup—-
    after your article was read I’ll include more in my diet Thanks

  26. Dorothy Kenney

    Dear Vivian: Have enjoyed your remarks and especially your recipe. Great work to help us all to stay healthy. Have you ever used grounding? It, too, is excellent and everyone in the world should be using it. For more info try: Grounded.com

    • Patricia Morine

      Dorothy, I just did a grounding experiment for 10 weeks and had my blood work drawn afterwards. My CRP-hs which had been increasing, decreased by half. It Works!


    Just to say thank you Vivian. This article is most welcome. Did not know that celery has so many vitamins. I do love fruits and its a wonderful way to combine all and enjoy a wonderful drink.
    There is so much that Im learning from your articles. And I do try with what I can. My bones are creeking so I surely need these recipies

    Thanks again.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I am so glad you stopped by, Sheila! 🙂

  28. Rosemary

    I love it when you find non fattening foods to munch on to help our bones. I don’t think all that dicing would be necessary if you have a good blender. Let the machine to the heavy lifting.

    Bok choy which looks like celery is also a powerhouse veggie. I don’t know if it’s alkaline though. That would be hard to find organic. Thanks Vivian.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You are welcome, Rosemary! Celery is indeed a great snack food, and if you have a good blender that chops, then go for it! 🙂

  29. Kristine Allcroft

    Great post! I have been on a celery “kick” for the whole summer – actually craving the stuff. I would add that celery is on the list of “the dirty dozen” for pesticide contamination so getting organic is a must – if possible.
    I have been making a morning smoothie with celery, parsley, kale, cucumber and fresh lemon. It’s an amazing energy shot!
    Many thanks again for your post!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I agree, Kristine – organic celery is the optimal choice. And your morning smoothie sounds delicious!

  30. Dianne O'Reilly

    I just ordered 2x Save our bones Program. I’m not sure if I clicked on the button for the hard copies to be sent to me. I want the hard copies NOT the email version

    • Customer Support

      Dianne, we received your e-mail about this issue in Customer Support, and sent you a reply earlier this morning. Thanks for contacting us!

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