3 Anti-Inflammatory Juices to Beat Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own joints and other parts through its inflammatory responses. Healing the cause of the body’s chronic inflammation is the key to beating RA in the long term. This healing begins by avoiding food, beverages and controllable environmental toxins that are known to trigger inflammation responses; foods and drinks that contain dairy, soy, gluten, chemical additives and refined sugar are the usual culprits. Replacing the unhealthy foods and beverages with healing ones that are found in nature is the next step. Here are three examples of juice smoothies that help with inflammation and explanations of why their ingredients are so powerful.
Creamy Ginger Juice Smoothie
This smoothie contains a small amount of freshly prepared ginger juice, eight ounces of unsweetened almond milk, one half a frozen banana, a teaspoon each of turmeric and cinnamon, a half teaspoon each of freshly ground black pepper and chia seeds, some stevia and a few cubes of ice. The key ingredients of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon contain gingerols, curcumin, and cinnamaldehyde respectively that are responsible for their anti-inflammatory benefits; the pepper enhances the effectiveness of the turmeric. Almond milk contains vitamin E that is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. The Omega 3 fatty acids in the chia seeds are also notable inflammation fighters. The other ingredients are included primarily to improve the smoothie’s taste and texture.
Sun Burst Inflammation Busting Juice
The Sun Burst drink consists of freshly prepared juice from apples, yellow bell peppers, lemon and ginger; some stevia can be added to further sweeten the beverage. While ginger is a staple of anti-inflammatory therapeutic juices, the other ingredients in this concoction pull their weight as well. For example, the polyphenols in the apples and the capsicum in the peppers work to fight inflammation. Lemon juice also counterintuitively acts as an alkaline agent when ingested and neutralizes excess uric acid. High amounts of uric acid are prominently linked to inflammatory responses in the joints, hands and feet.
Berry Blaster Inflammation Juice
This berry beverage blasts inflammation with some key ingredients that include blueberries, raspberries, kale, almond milk and a little coconut oil. The praises of almond milk’s anti-inflammatory benefits have already been sung, but the other ingredients are effective as well as tasty. Most people love berries because of their nutrient density, low sugar content and their versatility to work as a snack or as part of a main meal. However, most do not know that berries like raspberries and blueberries contain inflammation fighting substances called anthocyanins. Laboratory studies show that the antioxidants in virgin coconut oil are just as effective as prescription medications at reducing inflammation. The wide array of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in green leafy vegetables like kale also help to protect the body against inflammatory molecules formed when a disease or infection is present. The best benefit of these foods is that they enhance the body’s immune system reducing the need for inflammatory responses in the first place.