Best juices for arthritis

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What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis (from the Greek word, ‘Arthro’ meaning ‘joint’ and ‘Itis’ meaning ‘inflammation’) is a common condition affecting around ten million people in the UK. It causes pain and inflammation in a joint, mainly those of the hands, spine, knees and hips and can affect people of all ages, including children. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Arthritis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Cause and Effect

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative non-inflammatory disease which results in pain and restricted movement. Often developing in adults who are in their late 40s or older, it can occur at any age as a result of an injury or be associated with other joint-related conditions, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis. It is also more common in women and people with a family history of the condition and is thought to affect nearly eight million people in the UK.

Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint, as the articular cartilage gradually becomes thinner because its renewal does not keep pace with its breakdown. Eventually, the bony articular surfaces come in contact and the bones begin to degenerate. Bone repair is abnormal and the articular surfaces become misshapen. This is often the reason for reduced mobility of the joint.

Chronic inflammation can develop and sometimes there is abnormal outgrowth of cartilage at the edges of bones that become ossified, forming osteophytes. (Ross and Wilson – Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness 11th edition – text book Module 2)

Research has also highlighted diet, poor circulation and lack of movement as factors in the possible causes of osteoarthritis, as well as a deficiency of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). Therefore, foods high in this vitamin may be beneficial. www.arthritisresearchuk.org

In the UK, rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 400,000 people. It often starts when a person is between 35-55, but can affect all ages including children (Still’s disease). Women are three times more likely to be affected than men.

Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system targets affected joints which leads to pain and swelling. It is a chronic, disabling auto-immune disease which usually affect the joints in the hands and feet first. Normally an immune response is mounted against foreign (non-self) antigens but occasionally the body fails to recognise its own tissues and attacks itself. The outer covering (synovium) of the joint is the first place affected, as the body produces antibodies to the synovial membrane. In most sufferers, the antibody can be detected in the blood, called rheumatoid factor, it binds to the synovial membrane, leading to chronically inflamed joints that are stiff, painful and swollen This can then spread across the joint, leading to further swelling and a change in the joint’s shape. This may cause the bone and cartilage to break down. The cause is not clearly understood but development of autoimmunity maybe initiated by microbial infection, possibly by viruses and in genetically susceptible people.

What to Avoid

Gluten – New research presented in Vienna, October 2016, revealed that a family of proteins in wheat may be responsible for activating inflammation in chronic health conditions such as multiple sclerosis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. www.eurekalert.org

The nightshade family – Nightshades belong to the Solanaceae family which includes more than 2,000 species. They include some of the most popular foods consumed today including tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers and aubergine, and contain the inflammation-inducing alkaloids. According to a blog on www.arthritis.org regarding the impact of nightshades: ‘It is anecdotal, and it certainly might be true for some people, but there are no scientific studies done to prove that they actually cause inflammation or make symptoms worse.’ Nightshade vegetables are rich in nutrients, making them a worthy addition to your diet. But if you find they trigger arthritis pain, don’t eat them.

What to Include

Arthritis Research UK states: ‘Energy production and other metabolic processes in the body produce harmful byproducts called free radicals, which damage cells. Free radicals have been implicated in the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and in the inflammation that attacks joints. Green, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, kale, Swiss chard and bok choy are packed with antioxidants like vitamins A, C and K, which protect cells from free-radical damage. These foods are also high in bone-preserving calcium.’

Beta-carotene – People with rheumatoid arthritis should include anti-inflammatory nutrients in their daily diets such as beta-carotene. To maximise absorption of these beta-carotenes be sure to add good fats to juices where possible in the form of avocado or a good quality omega-3 oil.

Broccoli – As well as other cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy and cauliflower) offers another benefit – a natural compound called sulforaphane. Research has shown sulforaphane blocks the inflammatory process and might slow cartilage damage in osteoarthritis. There is also some evidence that diets high in this vegetable family could prevent rheumatoid arthritis from developing in the first place. www.arthritisresearchuk.org, www.nhs.uk

Ginger – The anti-inflammatory (gingerols) and anti-oxidant properties in ginger may help relieve various inflammatory disorders like gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also provide substantial relief of pain caused by inflammation, and help decrease swelling and morning stiffness. In two clinical studies on ginger involving patients who responded to conventional drugs and those who didn’t, physicians found that 75 per cent of arthritis patients and 100 per cent of patients with muscular discomfort experienced relief of pain and/or swelling.

Another study published in the November 2003 issue of Life Sciences suggests that at least one reason for ginger’s beneficial effects is the free radical protection afforded by one of its active phenolic constituents, 6-gingerol. In this in vitro (test tube) study, 6-gingerol was shown to significantly inhibit the production of nitric oxide, a highly reactive nitrogen molecule that quickly forms a very damaging free radical called peroxynitrite.

Pineapple – Pineapple contains bromelain a systemic oral enzyme that has been used to treat varying problems. Bromelain seems to be effective as an alternative to acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in arthritis patients, providing an option for those that used Vioxx or a COX-2 inhibitor. The Arthritis Foundation also states that pineapple’s bromelain produces effects comparable to NSAIDs for relieving joint pain. UK researchers looking at ten different studies found that every one of them confirmed bromelain provides health benefits for osteoarthritis patients. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Bromelain extracts can be obtained from both the fruit core and stems of pineapple, so when juicing ensure you juice the core. www.naturalhealth365.com

Turmeric – Turmeric was found to be effective even when given by different routes, including topical, oral or by inhalation, dependent on the intended use. The major constituent of turmeric is curcumin (diferuloylmethane) which constitutes up to 90 per cent of the total curcuminoid content, with demethoxycurcumin and bis-demethoxycurcumin comprising the remainder (Aggarwal and Shishodia, 2004). Curcumin has been extensively investigated due to its anti-tumor, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties (reviewed in Henrotin et al. 2010). The anti-arthritic potential of curcumin has been widely studied in vitro. Curcumin was found to downregulate the catabolic and degradative effects in cartilage explants. Positive results in pain management and mobility were also obtained in the treated group. Use of curcumin for the treatment of OA is of significant current research interest but more studies are needed before coming to any conclusion on its anti-arthritis potential. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

The Juice Recipes

Shot
The Anti-Inflammatory Boost
1 inch turmeric
1 inch fresh ginger
½ peeled orange
Juice together and add black pepper to boost absorption.

Juice
Arthritic Elixir – taken from The Funky Fresh Juice Book
¼ medium pineapple
1 large handful pitted cherries
2 stalks celery
½ medium peeled grapefruit (please check no contra-indicators with medication) leaving pith on
Pack the cherries into your juicer chute and then juice all other ingredients.

Blend
Fruitful Greens
250 ml filtered water
1 fresh or frozen banana (ripe)
½ red grapefruit (peeled pith on)
½ cup pineapple (peeled and cubed)
½ cucumber
2 handfuls baby spinach
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp flax seed oil
Blend together until smooth and enjoy.

Disclaimer

Please note, it is impossible to give a definitive list as what supports one person can be a trigger food or allergen for another. You must stay your own juice detective at all times and listen to how your own body responds to certain foods and always consult with your healthcare provider when making changes to your diet which may affect your medication. Please be aware that we are not doctors, so it is important to consult with your GP or medical practitioner BEFORE making any changes to your diet. The suggestions above are not meant as an alternative to any current medical treatment so please DO NOT stop taking any medications you are on. They are also not an endorsement of their effectiveness, or a recommendation that they should be followed but instead, are provided for informational purposes. None of the information on the Natural Juice Therapy site is intended or implied to treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease.

by Rebekah Carter

While inflammation represents a healthy and normal response which occurs in the human body when we’re protecting ourselves from viruses and bacteria – it can sometimes get out of control. When you suffer from surplus inflammation, you can struggle from a variety of complicated illnesses like allergies, asthma, heart disease, cancer, and more.

The good news is that with a healthy lifestyle, and a good diet full of fruits and vegetables, you can take steps to reduce your problems with chronic inflammation. Many experts agree that fruits and vegetables are an essential ingredient in the fight against inflammation, and while all fresh produce has anti-inflammatory elements, there are some that are more beneficial than others.

Following, we’ll give you some simple juice recipes that will help you to fight back against inflammation and achieve a happier, healthier life.

1. Tropical Spice

Made with a base of pineapple, this delicious drink is brimming with goodness perfect for those who suffer from inflammatory issues. To make the “Tropical Spice” blend, you will need:

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 pineapple
  • 15 pieces of fresh turmeric root (about 3 inches each)
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Pineapple is full of bromelain – a compound that has shown promise when it comes to aiding digestion and fighting back against joint pain, allergies, and asthma. Bromelain is excellent at reducing pain and inflammation, and turmeric is also a well-known anti-inflammatory thanks to its rich curcumin content. The dose of cinnamon in this juice helps to add a touch of “spice,” while regulating blood sugar levels and reducing your appetite – perfect for those in search of weight loss juicing recipes.

2. The Green Queen

Sweet and nutritious, this green juice is as wholesome as they come and perfect for those with inflammatory conditions. To make this drink, you’ll need:

  • 1 Lemon Wedge
  • 1 slice of ginger
  • 1 cup of grapes
  • 1 bunch of kale

Kale has frequently been documented as a nutritious leafy vegetable. It’s not only a great source of thiamin, protein, folate, riboflavin, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus – but it’s also a great source of vitamins A, K, C, and B6 too! All of these vitamins produce great anti-inflammatory effects. At the same time, ginger is a tasty way to relieve pain, and lemons are rich in vitamin C – which is particularly powerful at fighting back against the causes of unnecessary inflammation.

3. The Apple and Fennel Detox

An apple a day is great for your health, and this delicious juice mix will help to fight back against inflammation too. You’ll need:

  • Half a lemon
  • 1 bulb of fennel
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • 10 ounces of spinach

Fennel has been used for years as a way to treat a range of ailments, including numerous infections, digestive complaints, disorders, and arthritis. Fresh mint also helps to bring a calming effect to this blend.

Though you can easily use green apples with this recipe, red apples may be an even better option, as they include powerful antioxidant ingredients in their skin that can act as a natural anti-inflammatory. Research has found that people who eat between two and five apples a week have a 32% lower risk of suffering from asthma.

4. Blueberry Blast

When it comes to antioxidants, blueberries are perhaps the most powerful berry around. Tests conducted by the USDA Human Nutrition Center rank blueberries as the best solution for antioxidant activity when compared to 40 different fresh vegetable and fruit solutions. In particular, their rich anthocyanin content helps to reduce inflammation and offers a range of additional health benefits too. To make the blueberry blast you will need:

  • 2 Apples
  • 2 cups of spinach leaves
  • 2 cups of blueberries

This green blueberry blend could even be a great drink to consume pre-workout because it helps to reduce inflammation and gives you a greater boost of energy.

5. Watermelon Cleanse

Finally, this is a wonderful summery drink mixed with herbs to bring plenty of anti-inflammatory benefits to the table. You’ll need:

  • The juice of half a lime
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 1 small watermelon (seeds and rind removed)

Studies have shown that basil can help to reduce swelling in arthritis sufferers by up to 73% within 24 hours. Additionally, because watermelon is comprised of 92% water, it’s perfect for re-hydrating an aching body. With a dash of lime juice for zest, this is the perfect sunshine-friendly drink to consume with friends when you’re soaking up the sun or winding down after a long day.

Rebekah Carter is a dedicated author and full-time writer with a passion in health, fitness, marketing, and business.

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Although inflammation is a normal and healthy response that occurs in the body to protect us from bacteria and viruses, sometimes it gets out of control or serves no purpose.

It’s this unnecessary or surplus inflammation, which eventually becomes chronic, that is linked to a whole host of illnesses like asthma, allergies, heart disease, cancer, premature aging and more. Because of the far reaching consequences of this silent condition, some even consider inflammation to be the leading cause of death in the US!

Thankfully, through leading a healthy lifestyle and eating the right foods (and avoiding the wrong ones!), chronic inflammation can be cured or avoided.

One of the most important steps you can take to fight inflammation is to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables – with juicing being a great way to start on this road to better health.

While all fruits, vegetables and herbs are anti-inflammatory, some are more potent inflammation fighters than others. The below juices all contain one or more anti-inflammatory ‘superfoods’ to kick-start your inflammation fighting efforts.

1. Pineapple, Turmeric, Cucumber and Cinnamon Juice

This delicious anti-inflammatory juice recipe, by Adrienne at Taste of Two Plates, is packed full of goodness.

Pineapple is one of the richest sources of the enzyme bromelain in the world – a compound that shows promise in fighting cancer and can aid digestion, asthma, joint pain, allergies and sinusitis.

Bromelain is also known to quell inflammation and pain, with the Arthritis Foundation even stating that the power of bromelain from pineapple is comparable to NSAIDs when it comes to relieving joint pain!

What’s more, turmeric is a well-known potent anti-inflammatory, thanks to its curcumin content. Animals with neuropathic pain who were given curcumin were found to exhibit a decline in behaviors associated with pain shortly after ingestion. (Here are even more reasons to eat turmeric every day.)

Finally, cinnamon adds some punch to this juice, along with regulating blood sugar levels and suppressing appetite. Lab studies have even found that this sweet spice, rich in antioxidants, can reduce inflammation and fight bacteria and fungus.

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 15 three-inch pieces of fresh turmeric root
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Juice the pineapple, cucumber and fresh turmeric and pour into a glass.
  2. Stir in the cinnamon and enjoy!

2. Kale, Grape, Ginger and Lemon Juice

This sweet green juice by Jeanette at Jeanette’s Healthy Living is as delicious as it is wholesome.

Kale is well documented as being an incredibly nutritious leafy vegetable and is often hailed as a superfood. Not only is it a good source of protein, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, but it’s an even better source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese! All these vitamins and minerals, along with flavonoids, provide a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Although kale can be quite bitter tasting, the addition of grapes in this juice masks its flavor so there’s no excuse not to reap all kale’s health benefits. A 2004 study found that people with stable coronary disease lowered the amount of inflammatory markers in their blood simply by drinking grape juice. The skin of grapes also contains an important compound, resveratrol, which inhibits inflammation and can naturally lower cholesterol.

Ginger – a relative of turmeric – is an amazing and tasty pain reliever, particularly if you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines or osteoarthritis.

In a study of 100 migraine sufferers, it was found that both ginger powder and a common migraine drug had comparable pain relieving effects. A six week trial of patients with osteoarthritis who took ginger extracts twice daily, felt less pain when standing and walking after taking the ginger.

Finally, lemons are rich in vitamin C, a powerful inflammation fighting vitamin. These sour citrus fruits also contain other unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties – just one of the many reasons you should be drinking lemon water regularly.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 slice ginger, optional
  • juice of one lemon wedge

Directions

  1. Juice the kale, grapes and ginger and pour into a glass.
  2. Squeeze in the lemon juice and serve.

3. Fennel and Apple Detox Juice

A wholesome and nutritious juice from Natalie at Tastes Lovely, this recipe harnesses the anti-inflammatory properties of both fennel and apple, along with mint, cucumber, spinach and lemon.

Fennel is used to treat a wide variety of ailments, including digestive complaints, infections, menstrual disorders and arthritis – so juicing the bulb is bound to improve your health! Yet another anti-inflammatory herb, fresh mint brings a calming and analgesic effect to this drink.

Although this recipe originally calls for green apples, substituting red apples may be even better – they have powerful antioxidants in their skin that can act as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Research has found that people who eat two to five apples a week have a 32% lower risk of asthma (an inflammatory condition) than people who eat less!

Much like kale, spinach is rich in vitamin K, which has been shown to dramatically reduce inflammatory markers in the blood.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 10 ounces of spinach
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 apples, cored
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • Half a lemon

Directions

  1. Add the above ingredients to your juicer and serve immediately.

4. Blueberry Green Juice

Made by Rachel at the Pescetarian and the Pig, this simple recipe contains three incredible inflammation fighting ingredients – apples, spinach and blueberries.

While the previous recipes have already highlighted the anti-inflammatory powers of apples and spinach, there is no doubt that blueberry is the star of this juice.

Incredibly, tests carried out at the USDA Human Nutrition Center have ranked blueberries as number one in terms of antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. In particular, the flavonoid called anthocyanin, which is the pigment that gives blueberries their color, is one of the most potent antioxidants in these berries and is responsible for much of their health benefits. (Discover more about the life changing health benefits of anthocyanins.)

In fact, the creator of the anti-inflammatory diet – Dr. Weil – lists berries such as blueberries as one of his top four anti-inflammatory foods.

This blueberry green juice may be a fantastic pre-workout drink due to its ability to quell inflammation in the body. When researchers divided athletes into two groups, giving one group 250 grams of blueberries daily for six weeks, they found that the blueberry group showed a significant increase in anti-inflammatory markers. And when they consumed the berries immediately before exercising, they suffered less inflammation and pain.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 2 cups of fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 Fuji apples

Directions

  1. Juice and enjoy!

5. Watermelon, Basil and Lime Juice

Like summertime in a glass, this juice from the NY Times Cooking makes for a delicious morning refreshment.

All three ingredients bring something to the table in terms of inflammation fighting abilities.

Of all three, basil may be the most potent! Some varieties of this herb are actually as strong as anti-inflammatory drugs and have been shown to reduce swelling in arthritis sufferers by up to 73% in just 24 hours.

Watermelon is fantastic fruit. Comprising 92% water, it’s sure to hydrate, while the remainder of the fruit is filled with the powerful antioxidant lycopene. Known to protect the heart, prostate and skin, lycopene discourages inflammation and neutralizes harmful free radicals.

Another anti-inflammatory phytonutrient in watermelon is cucurbitacin E, which blocks the activity of an enzyme which contributes to pain, fever and inflammation. When making your juice, make sure to pick the ripest watermelon you can, for the greatest nutritional content.

Finally, the lime juice adds an unmistakable refreshing zing to this drink and, like all citrus fruits, it is rich in beneficial flavonoids.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 small watermelon, rind and seeds removed, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 6 basil leaves
  • Juice of half a lime

Directions

  1. Pulse the ingredients in a blender for 20 seconds, then blend on high for a further 10 to 15 seconds.
  2. Serve immediately.

Dos and Don’ts of Juicing With Arthritis

The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables are known to help most types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, but Americans are notorious for getting too few servings of the good stuff. One way to up your vegetable intake in a single gulp is through juicing.

“One of the benefits of juicing is getting a concentration of vegetables into people who normally wouldn’t get enough,” says Sonya Angelone, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

But that doesn’t mean chugging glasses of your average fruit juice. There’s a right way — and a wrong way — to juice, Angelone says.

Juicing When You Have Arthritis

Foods can have an effect on inflammation in the body, which is related to arthritis. Some foods — like those that are deep-fried, sugary, processed, or refined — lead to more inflammation, while others, like fruits and vegetables, lead to less inflammation, says Ashley Harris, RD, clinical dietitian at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Ohio.

RELATED: Can a Vegan Diet Help Your Arthritis?

Juicing is an easy way to fill up on those foods full of antioxidants that help lessen inflammation, like the anthocyanins in berries and bromelain in pineapple, says Nathan Wei, MD, a rheumatologist and director of the Arthritis Treatment Center in Frederick, Maryland.

It can also help with weight loss, which is important when you have arthritis. “Fat cells contain leptins, which are proteins that aggravate inflammation,” Dr. Wei says. “The fewer fat cells, the fewer leptins hanging around.”

Juicing Done Right: 10 Rules to Follow

One of the cons of juicing is that it’s easy to fill up on calories. If you’re going to do it right, keep an eye on the sugar content of your juices. Too much sugar not only makes it hard to lose weight but also can cause blood sugar spikes. Such spikes can make arthritis symptoms worse and could lead to diabetes and some cancers, Harris says.

Follow this list of dos and don’ts for juicing with arthritis.

Do: Work one or two juices a day into a healthy, plant-based diet while paying attention to calories. Tart cherry juice, for instance, is healthy but high in calories, so be sure it’s counted as part of your overall calorie allotment for the day, Angelone says.

Do: Drink juices made up of 80 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruits to limit sugars, Harris says.

Do: Pair your juice with protein, such as nuts or Greek yogurt, to help control your blood sugar.

Do: Try juicing with vegetables, fruits, and spices thought to have anti-inflammatory effects, such as ginger, which may help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis, according to a study published in 2013 in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. You can also try turmeric, cinnamon, and chili powder along with citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons, berries, tart cherries, carrots, and leafy greens, Harris says.

Do: Help your body with nutrient absorption. Research on people with osteoarthritis of the knee, published in 2014 in Clinical Interventions in Aging, found that turmeric extract was as effective as ibuprofen in treating pain. But because turmeric can be hard for the body to absorb alone, Harris recommends adding a few shakes of pepper to improve the absorption rate.

Do: Notice how your body reacts to foods. Nightshade vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, can cause a worsening of arthritis symptoms in some people, Harris says. Knowing how you react to foods will help you create the best arthritis-friendly juices for you.

RELATED: 7 Top Antioxidant-Rich Foods for Osteoarthritis

Do: Drink fresh juices, because nutrients break down over time. Your best bet is to make them at home with a juicer. If you order juices from a company, which can be expensive, Harris recommends going with one that uses high-pressure processing, which preserves the juice and keeps it free of bacteria while preserving nutrients.

Do: Scrub your produce with a clean brush. If arthritis makes chopping difficult, Angelone suggests buying precut fruits and vegetables.

Don’t: Rely on juicing exclusively for your nutrition, Wei says. Because juicing removes most of the fiber from food, doing a juice cleanse can make you constipated, Harris adds. You may also miss out on nutrients like vitamin B12 or those that require some fat in order to be absorbed, such as beta-carotene.

Don’t: Ignore the potential for juices to affect your medications. “Because you are concentrating nutrients, you need to be extra careful about any potential food-drug interactions,” Harris says.

For instance, grapefruit juice is known to interfere with a variety of medications. Prednisone, which is sometimes prescribed for arthritis pain, can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar, and juice can exacerbate that. Vitamin K, found in leafy greens, can interfere with blood thinners.

Before you buy out the produce section of your market, check with your pharmacist and doctor about which juices may interact with your arthritis or any drugs.

One last piece of advice: “Make sure your overall diet is nutritious,” Angelone says. That’s the ultimate goal.

Diet tips for osteoarthritis knee pain

Fruits and vegetables play a major role in a healthful diet, and they contain nutrients that can help people with OA of the knee.

Fiber

Researchers have found that people with OA may have high levels of cholesterol.

The American Heart Association recommend consuming whole grains and other forms of dietary fiber as they appear to improve blood cholesterol levels.

Fiber also helps a person to feel full for longer, and this can help in maintaining a healthy weight.

Anti-oxidants

Antioxidants support the immune system and fight inflammation. There are many types of antioxidants.

Dietitians often recommend berries for their antioxidant content. Examples include blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Fresh red and black grapes contain resveratrol and soy products contain isoflavones.

Healthful fats

Avocados are high in anti-inflammatory monounsaturated fat. They are also a good source of vitamin E, which has anti-inflammatory effects. Diets high in these compounds have been linked to a decreased risk of joint damage seen in early OA.

Oleocanthal

Olives and extra virgin olive oil contain oleocanthal. This compound is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that has properties similar to the drug ibuprofen.

Turmeric has long been used in herbal and traditional medicine, and there is a lot of interest in its benefits.

One review of studies found that 100 people with OA who used a turmeric-based drug, Meriva, for 8 months, saw a reduction in pain and other symptoms related to OA. In another study, 50 people who used Meriva for 3 months were able to walk further and had lover CRP levels at the end of the treatment.

Hydration

Watermelon is naturally high in carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, a compound that can help reduce the risk of RA.

As watermelon contains a lot of water, it is useful for hydration and water management. It also contains substances that can reduce CRP levels.

Vitamins A, C, and K

Share on PinterestSpinach, broccoli, and other green vegetables provide fiber as well as important minerals and vitamins.

During the production of energy and other processes, the body produces harmful byproducts called free radicals.

These can damage the cells in the body. Free radicals have been linked to inflammation that attacks the joints.

Green leafy vegetables — such as broccoli and spinach — contain vitamins A, C, and K, which are antioxidants.

These help to protect cells from free radical damage. They also contain high levels of calcium, which contributes to bone health.

Sulforaphane and glucosinate

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts also contain the natural compound, sulforaphane.

In one animal study, sulforaphane and another compound — glucosinolate — blocked the inflammatory process and slowed down cartilage damage in OA.

Glucosinolate is found in pungent plants like horseradish, mustard, and cabbage.

Vitamin C

Peppers, oranges, and green, leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamin C. This helps preserve bone and it can play a role in protecting cartilage cells.

Contrary to some beliefs, there is no evidence that the acidity in citrus fruits leads to inflammation, but they can provide useful vitamin C.

Grapefruit juice, however, can interact with some medications, so you should check before consuming too much of it.

Black Cherry Juice: A Tasty Way To Treat Joint Pain

I’m not crazy about taking any kind of pill, and on top of that, I react adversely to anti-inflammatory drugs.

I figured there had to be some natural alternative out there, so I started searching. Turns out there is.

Black Cherry Juice is Good For Your Health and Wellness

Black cherry juice not only contains high levels of antioxidants that naturally help inhibit tissue damage, they also contain compounds called anthocyanins that have been found to block enzymes involved in producing compounds that cause inflammation. Some anthocyanins may be more powerful than aspirin when it comes to fighting inflammation.

Studies Show That Black Cherry Juice May Reduce Inflammation

A recent study by the US Agricultural Research Service found that cherries may reduce inflammation and improve arthritis symptoms, increase pain tolerance levels and lack of mobility, and reduce levels of compounds in the blood that indicate inflammation.

Indications from other research also indicate that cherry juice can help reduce pain and help negate muscle damage from vigorous exercise.

Considering that the Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly 21 million Americans suffer from some degree of arthritis and others that experience pain from inflammation, that’s good news.

And while there’s not a definite standard for how much is enough, most of the studies that observed decreased inflammation or reduced pain involved two to three glasses of black cherry or tart cherry juice (10 oz-12 oz) per day for ten days to two weeks.

I’ve tried it. So does it work? I think it does. But with many things like this, it’s hard to know whether a certain pain disappeared naturally or whether the treatment helped. Plus, there’s the added difficulty of wanting it to work. That can distort your perspective. But the way I figure it, what’s to lose, especially if the scientific evidence looks positive?

I get black cherry juice from the local Trader Joe’s. It’s great because it’s 100% cherry juice. Often juices in the grocery store aisles have more apple juice for sweet flavor in them than the fruit that’s shown on the label. And unlike a lot of the 100% juices, the black cherry tastes pretty good.

So even if it’s not the definitive cure, I like parading around with one of those big burgundy-style wine glasses full of cherry juice every night.

I also discovered that the supplements store nearby carries a black cherry juice in a concentrated form. I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t vouch for it.

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Inflammation is the underlying cause to many diseases common today. The disease from which I am seeking healing — Lupus — is caused by inflammation.

One of the stark differences juicing has made for me is the reduction of inflammation. After about 10 days of my fast last month, I realized I could see my ankles again. I always have painful inflammation around those joints, so experiencing the diminishing of both the swelling and pain is a welcome benefit to juicing.

If you are suffering with any inflammatory diseases, give juicing a try, beginning with the following foods:

Pineapple

Bromelain is the enzyme found in pineapple which helps reduce swelling and inflammation in the body. It also aids us to break down proteins and supports our digestion, inhibits the growth of tumor cells, and slows down blood clotting.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a superstar root which been used for thousands of years in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to treat all sorts of conditions. Curcumin, the component in turmeric which gives it its beautiful yellow colour, is a powerful antioxidant. It helps to protect our cells from damage, as well as lowering the levels of enzymes that cause inflammation in our bodies. Turmeric requires the addition of piperine in order for the curcumin to be adequately absorbed. So add a pinch of black pepper to any juice you make with turmeric.

Ginger

Ginger has been used for centuries for its many medicinal property. It aids digestion, helps give relief to arthritis pain, and builds the immune system.

Tart Cherries

Cherries can reduce vessel inflammation and is high in antioxidants. This delicious fruit may ease pain and is often recommended for treating symptoms of gout. In a 2012 presentation, Oregon Health & Science University researchers suggested that tart cherries have the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.”

Spinach

Spinach is nutrient-rich, providing a good dose of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, and much more. It also contains a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is known to reduce a variety of inflammatory cytokines.

Broccoli

Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium and beta-carotene. It is one of the best anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer foods available. Talk about a superfood!

Tomatoes

Juicy red tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which has been shown to reduce inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body. Cooked tomatoes contain even more lycopene than raw ones, so tomato sauce works, too, but tomato juice has been found to be very beneficial to reduce inflammation. There are some studies out there that say nightshade fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, etc) can increase inflammation. So pay attention to how your body reacts to tomatoes.

Beetroot

The brilliant red color of the beetroot is a tip-off to its equally brilliant antioxidant properties. Beetroot juice has been shown to reduce inflammation, as well as protect against cancer and heart disease. The reasons include their hearty helping of fiber, vitamin C and plant pigments called betalains.

Berries

Berries have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties due to anthocyanins, the powerful chemicals that give them their rbeautiful color.

Studies have shown that red raspberry extract helped prevent animals from developing arthritis, that blueberries can help protect against intestinal inflammation and ulcerative colitis, and that women who eat more strawberries have lower levels of CRP (a blood marker for inflammation).

Garlic

Researchers have found that garlic works similarly to NSAID pain medications (like aspirin and ibuprofen), shutting off the pathways that lead to inflammation.

Juice of the Day

Carrots are one of my favorite veggies to juice, especially when I’m looking for a little sweetness. Carrots go perfectly with pineapple and turmeric, two incredible foods to reduce inflammation. This is really yummy, y’all.

While pineapple and turmeric definitely taste great together, there is another more important reason to combine them. Bromelain (from the pineapple) increases the absorption and anti-inflammatory effects of the Curcumin (from the turmeric). Double bonus!

Carrot-Pineapple-Turmeric Juice

Ingredients:

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 inch slice of pineapple
  • 2 inch piece of turmeric
  • pinch of black pepper (helps your body absorb the turmeric)

Directions:

  1. Wash all produce well
  2. Cut the peel off the pineapple
  3. Add all produce ingredients through juicer, stir in the black pepper, and enjoy! (I recommend Breville)

Yield: 16 oz

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Juicing for Inflammation & Arthritis

My mom has fibromyalgia and recently found out she has osteoarthritis in her hand.

She has been supplementing and juicing for inflammation and has a go-to juice. All of these ingredients contribute towards reducing inflammation and helping your body to cope with it.

No More Inflammation Juice Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large bunch of celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • Fresh ginger or turmeric

DIRECTIONS

Juice the celery, cucumber, apple and ginger/turmeric together in a juicer machine. If you don’t have both ginger and turmeric that’s okay, but if you can get both they are both great for inflammation.

BLENDER VARIATION

If you only have a blender, blend all of these ingredients together with 1-2 cups of water and strain through a stainless steel strainer or nut milk bag.

WHY THIS RECIPE

Celery and cucumber help flush out acid deposits and hydrate your body. They are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals like folate, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin K. They are high in phytonutrient antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger and Turmeric have been shown in studies to reduce inflammation and I’ve seen a lot of people have great results by supplementing with them.

Other Anti-Inflammatory Juice Combinations

There are many other anti-inflammatory juice combinations that you can try that may help your condition. Here are some that I like:

  • Pineapple + Celery + Ginger Juice
  • Pineapple + Cucumber + Turmeric Juice
  • Turmeric + Ginger + Lemon Juice Shots (A juice shot is only about 1 ounce of a very potent juice)
  • Blueberry + Spinach + Celery + Ginger Smoothie
  • Cherry + Pineapple + Turmeric Smoothie
  • Tropical Pinapple Inflammation Juice

Other things you can do to promote less inflammation

While juices and smoothies can help, adopting an anti-inflammatory diet is really important. Reduce or remove foods that have been shown to cause inflammation like wheat, refined carbs, sugars and processed foods. Up your intake of fresh produce, leafy greens, cold water fish, nuts, healthy oils, and nutrients like omega fatty acids and vitamin C.

Lately I’ve been a little freaked out.

Because the joints in my hands and feet have been aching.

What’s more, some of the joints in my pinky toes—along with the sites where I had my tailor’s bunion surgery—are a bit swollen. It’s gotten so bad, in fact, that I’ve had to temporarily give up my beloved morning coffee walks, and swim laps instead. (Thank goodness for swimming!)

Now, none of these are first-time problems. And it’s no surprise that they’re rearing their ugly heads after what’s been a pretty rough spring.

However, my late grandmother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in her 50s. I also learned through 23andMe genetic testing that I have a gene variation that puts me at increased risk of both celiac disease and RA.

Yikes.

So every time these issues pop up, I start to fret. Especially now, though, since I have my dietetic internship starting in August! Because by all accounts, it’s very intense—particularly the 10-week hospital rotation right out of the gate.

Now, the appropriate, mature response to all of this would be to get organized, start prepping for my internship, and schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist. To be fair, I’m working on all three.

However, I also went through a weeks-long bout of “medicating” with food.

Whoops.

Emotional eating strikes again

Perhaps you’re familiar with the emotional eating drill? You know, life stress happens and instead of meditating or journaling or calling a friend, you buy a pint of sugared-up almond milk ice cream or some baked goods and mow through them?

Yeah, that.

Luckily, after a few weeks of intermittently eating trash while numbing out in front of the TV at night (along with stress-eating generally), I caught myself.

Let’s hear it for little victories!

Overkill doesn’t work

As they say, though, the pendulum swings both way before it finds its balance point. So after my extended jaunt down junk food lane, this past Monday night, distraught by my aching hands and feet, I vowed to start eating clean and eliminate ALL THE THINGS that were dragging my health down.

ALL AT ONCE.

Yes, I vowed that—the very next day—I was going to wake up early, work out, slash my caffeine in half, and give up junk food cold turkey. No matter that I was also having cavities drilled at 8 am; my health was worth it.

Now, reasonable person that you are, I’m sure you can see this train is just about to fly off the rails. But in my mind, the plan truly seemed like a good idea.

By 12:30 pm I was nauseous, exhausted, and miserable with an absurdly bad caffeine headache.

I tried to soldier through some work, but even with Advil on board, I couldn’t take it anymore. I ate some trail mix, laid down in a dark room, and chided myself for my not-so-brilliant plan.

Getting healthy the gentle, happy way

The thing is, I know better. Being good to myself doesn’t mean dietary whiplash and self-recrimination. How on earth could that be healing?

Being good to myself is about finding positive ways to help my body recover from stress and become resilient. In my case, that meant kicking the mindless TV habit, which was facilitating my junk food benders. (I haven’t been watching TV the right way, needless to say.) Instead, I used that time to finally plant the rest of my garden, start organizing my office, and catch up on the phone with friends.

What’s more, I decided to keep most of my caffeine, thankyouverymuch, but I’ve been replacing junk food with delicious anti-inflammatory green juice. (Because I am that hipster-trendy.)

Okay, not trendy. 😉 But I’ll tell you this—I’ve always loved green juice. It feels like a treat, probably because making it takes a little effort. (And a lot of produce!) But boy is it worth it—not only is it tasty, it’s good for me!

Now if only the same could be said for almond milk ice cream…

Anyhow, this anti-inflammatory green juice recipe has been my go-to green juice for years. It’s adapted from Dr. Oz’s energizing green juice, and sipping it makes me feel fresh and clean, like stepping into a cool shower after doing yard work on a blazing-hot summer afternoon.

In fact, since my juicer’s been exiled in the basement for months, I’d almost forgotten how good this juice is. The mix of cucumber and sweet apple with grassy, lemony overtones tastes like sunshine in a glass. Plus, since it uses a lot of cucumber, sipping it on the porch in the evening reminds me of lounging around at a fancy spa.

Anti-inflammatory goodness

What makes this green juice anti inflammatory? So glad you asked; I love nerding out!

  • Cucumbers contain curcubitacins, substances that can block inflammatory pathways.1
  • Apples are rich in quercetin, an anti-inflammatory flavonoid that can actually help heal the lining of the intestine. That’s key, because intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) is linked to some arthritis issues.2
  • Spinach may help reduce inflammatory markers in the blood.3
  • Lemon with peel contains anti-inflammatory limonene, so using unpeeled lemon in this recipe bumps up the inflammation-fighting power.

(Speaking of the anti-inflammatory power of lemon peel, I have a fantastic giveaway coming up for you: a Microplane prize pack! It includes a lemon zester so easy and comfortable to use you’ll want to add anti-inflammatory lemon to everything. Mark your calendars; the giveaway opens on Monday, June 27th, at 6PM EDT!)

Anti-inflammatory green juice recipe

So, if you’ve been feeling tired, achy, or off your game lately, go ahead and make a glass of anti-inflammatory green juice. I’m willing to bet you’ll feel better after your first sip. 🙂

In fact, since I started easing back into healthy habits, my achiness is about ⅓ better in just 1 week. While the shift wasn’t instantaneous (am I the only one who expects 1 day of healthy eating to erase weeks off the wagon? 😉 ), I just have to think of my friend Maria’s lovely blog, Plant-Based Slow Motion Miracle, to remember to be gentle and give myself time.

Because returning to health isn’t a quick fix. Rather, it’s about giving the body time to repair and rejuvenate, one healthy habit—and glass of green juice—at a time.

5.0 from 3 reviews Anti Inflammatory Green Juice Author: Lee Recipe type: Drinks Prep time: 20 mins Total time: 20 mins Serves: 3½ cups This crisp, clean, and lightly sweet green juice can help cool inflammation while delighting your taste buds. Adapted from Dr. Oz’s Energizing Green Drink Recipe. Ingredients Directions

  1. Wash and roughly chop all produce. Run through your juicer, alternating greens with juicy fruits and veggies.
  2. Add a few drops of liquid stevia, if desired.
  3. Serve immediately for maximum nutrients, or chill for 1-2 hours for maximum refreshment.

Notes -Lemon peel, while very healthy, can be bitter. If you’re sensitive to bitter flavors, peel the lemon before juicing, or just use the peel from ¼ of the lemon.
-I use a Champion juicer. It’s a workhorse, and its design (masticating) helps maximize nutrient retention. That said, the Omega is by far the bestselling masticating juicer on Amazon.
-Since the pulp is discarded (or composted, for the overachievers 😉 ), I can’t calculate nutrition facts for this recipe. 3.5.3208

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  • Do you worry about your health? How do you handle it?
  • What’s your favorite way to destress?
  • If you have a health condition, what foods make you feel better? Worse?
  • Do you have a juicer? What kind? Would you buy it again?

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
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1. Ríos JL, Recio MC, Escandell JM, Andújar I. Inhibition of transcription factors by plant-derived compounds and their implications in inflammation and cancer. Curr Pharm Des. 2009;15(11):1212-37. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19355962
2. Resnick C. Nutritional protocol for the treatment of intestinal permeability defects and related conditions. 2010;2(3). http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2010-03/nutritional-protocol-treatment-intestinal-permeability-defects-and-related
3. Paturel A. The ultimate arthritis diet. Arthritis Foundation website. http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/anti-inflammatory/the-arthritis-diet.php. Updated October 2015. Accessed June 9, 2016.

Healthy Juice Cleanse Recipes

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Four healthy juicing recipes to give your body natural energy and helps to detoxify the body!

Juice bars are popping up everywhere for good reason! Drinking fresh juices can detoxify the body, help to create a more alkaline body, and to give a boost of energy and a clear mind.

Juicing is a powerful tactic used by a quickly-growing amount of people to lose weight fast, get proper nutrition, and help fuel healthy lifestyles.

Whenever I come from vacation or a particularly bad eating night, I reach for a healthy juice to cleanse my body and give my digestive system a break.

I am sharing 4 of our favorite juicing recipes with an assortment of fruits and vegetables for variety. Since my oldest daughter is a “health freak” we make these homemade juices every week and store them in jars in the refrigerator to make them easily accessible. It saves SO much money juicing at home!

What are the health benefits of juicing?

According to the Mayo Clinic, by drinking freshly made juices, your body can absorb the nutrients better than eating whole fruits and vegetables and it gives your digestive system a rest from working on fiber. They say that juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, help remove toxins from your body, aid digestion and help you lose weight. Fresh juices can give you a burst of energy and a clear mind.

What fruits and vegetables to use for juicing?

Some of the most popular vegetables are carrots, cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, beets, and romaine. The most popular fruits to use in juicing are lemons, oranges, apples, and limes. Other add-ins are fresh ginger, parsley, chlorella, and turmeric.

What are the health benefits of fruits and vegetables in a juice cleanse?

  • Kale – insanely low in calories, powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, and helpful for arthritis and autoimmune diseases
  • Spinach – the beauty of spinach lies in how easy it is to disguise the taste. It’s mild tasting yet packed with vitamins, has anti-cancerous properties, and is one of the healthiest foods on the planet
  • Cucumber – since it’s 95% water, it’s an incredible detoxifier and helps with liver and kidney function
  • Lemon – one of the most important items to stock in your kitchen as it’s a highly effective cleansing agent and cuts through the bitterness of greens
  • Carrots – known for being a good source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, and potassium. Carrots have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health
  • Celery – low in calorie since it is mostly water. It is a low-glycemic food and a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K.
  • Beets – contain nutrients that may help lower your blood pressure, fight inflammation, and support detoxification.
  • Apples – “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a famous saying for good reason. Helps to fight inflammation and heart health.
  • Oranges – immune system booster since it is high in Vitamin C and low in calories.
  • Turmeric – anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties
  • Ginger – aids in digestion and supports the immune system

If you are looking for a real detoxifier, check out my recipe for a lemon turmeric drink, which is perfect after a night of bad eating.

If you are searching for blended fruit and vegetable smoothie recipes, . I went on a 30-day smoothie and juice cleanse to help with my autoimmune disease. You can find out more details in this post.

Where to buy a juicer?

There are many juicers on the market and I have been so impressed with our Breville juicer. If you are looking for a compact, less-expensive Breville juicer, you can find it here.

Here are the fruit and vegetable juice combinations below:

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4.96 from 23 votes Healthy Juice Cleanse Recipes Prep Time 10 mins

Healthy Juice Cleanse Recipes to give you energy, vitality, and health.

Course: Breakfast, Snack Cuisine: American Keyword: juicing recipes Servings: 4 Ingredients Drink Your Greens:

  • 2 cups Baby Spinach Leaves (or 4-6 leaves of kale)
  • 6 Celery
  • 2 large Cucumber
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 2 medium Apples
  • 1-2 inch Ginger
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Parsley Leaves

The Detoxifier:

  • 2-3 med-lg Beets
  • 6 Carrots
  • 2 medium Apples
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1-2 inch Ginger

The Vision:

  • 8 large Carrots
  • 2-3 Navel Oranges
  • 1-2 inch Ginger
  • 1 inch Turmeric (optional)

Sweet Carrot:

  • 10 large Carrots
  • 2 medium Apples
  • 1/4 cup Parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash, prep, and chop produce.

  2. Add produce to juicer one at a time.

  3. Serve cold over ice. May store in tightly sealed jars or glasses in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. Shake or stir well before drinking.

I hope you love these healthy juice cleanse recipes! Leave a comment below to let me know your favorite juice recipe!

Happy Juicing! –Melissa

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Feeling a little under the weather? This refreshing juice can give your immune system a boost and help you fight diseases and inflammation. This is a deliciously citrusy juice to enjoy with your health breakfast.

Hello Dearest Reader!

I am excited to share this healing juice recipe with you for two special reasons; As part of my commitment to you and goal for 2016, I’ve started a community/ closed group on facebook called “Get Healthy Now” which was developed to create awareness and support all while providing with options and direct tools to make these choices not only easier but enjoyable. This recipe represents my commitment to myself and you, to focus on what our bodies need to stay super vibrant.

Additionally, sharing this recipe brings excitement to my gut because for many years this medicinal potion has served me well and I know this is going to be awesome in your life. This is my periodically go-to juice to keep my immune system strong and ready to fight unwanted colds and inflammation. This is also my emergency go-to juice the second I feel the first signs of a cold or whenever I am feeling sore.

“Inflammation is the root of many diseases”

One of the great benefits of living a more natural and balanced lifestyle, limiting the use and exposure of anything that might alter how you naturally feel, is that you really get to know your body. So the second you get a headache you know it’s a sign, and you likely know the cause as well. This sometimes can be as simple as not drinking enough water (and you know it) or whether your body is telling you that it is fighting something.

No one is completely protected from catching a cold, an infection or getting injured. Unless you live under a rock, which by the way sounds pretty boring! But there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from riding the roller coast of diseases. Fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices can provide with an array of vitamins and nutrients to help you stay healthy.

Oranges: oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system. The immune system’s main goal is to protect you from illness, so a little extra vitamin C may be useful in conditions like colds, flus, and recurrent ear infections. Vitamin C is the primary antioxidant in the body, disarming free radicals and preventing damage in the cells. This is why a good intake of vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.

Lemon: Lemons are alkalizing for the body helping to restore balance to the body’s pH. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds. It is also packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and the perfect natural antibiotic. Lemons also make a great addition to any juice or smoothie. Make it a daily habit to drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning for great health.

Carrots: Carrots are packed with vitamin A, beta-carotene and anti-oxidant making them a great free radical fighter! Carrots contain soluble fiber that can lower blood sugar levels by slowing down digestion of sugar and starch. They can also feed the good bacteria in the gut which may lead to improved health and decreased risk of disease.

Ginger: Traditionally known to provide indigestion and nausea relief, ginger also possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects and anti-inflammatory, with the ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds. Ginger can also be warming on a cold day and assist with detoxification.

Turmeric: Turmeric is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions. Turmeric’s natural anti-inflammatory qualities mean it may work as well as some anti-inflammatory medications, without the side effects. Turmeric will give the immune system the boost it needs.

For this recipe you can either use a juicer or a blender. I wanted to make sure this recipe is accessible to everyone, so I made two versions. When you use a juicer notice that you will get 1 cup of a very concentrated juice. If you are a beginner I recommend that you try using a blender and adding water for a less concentrated (but just as powerful) result. You will get 4 cups from the blender recipe.

With all this information in hand and a nice little recipe card below, I hope you try this yummy juice in replacement of other sugary drinks and whenever you feel the first symptoms of a cold. From my past experience, this juice will either shortened and weaken the life of a cold or prevent you from getting one.

If you found this recipe helpful, I ask you to give me some love by sharing it at your favorite social media platforms.

Thanks a bunch!

Vitamin C Anti-Inflammatory Juice Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins Author: Ribas with Love Recipe type: Juice Serves: 1-4 cups* Ingredients

  • 3 oranges
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 lemon
  • ginger (small piece)
  • turmeric (2 small roots)
  • 2 cups water (blender recipe)

Instructions

  1. Juicer recipe: Peel the oranges and lemon.
  2. Pass all the ingredients through the juicer
  3. Enjoy a powerful concentrated juice.
  4. Blender recipe: Peel the orange and lemon.
  5. Add all the ingredients into the blender cup, including the 2 cups of water
  6. Pulse for about 2 minutes.
  7. Using a strainer pass the juice through, retaining the pulp.
  8. Enjoy a refreshing health juice.

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