Anyone suffering from arthritis understands how much the condition can make everyday life difficult.
When it’s experienced in the knees or hips, it can limit mobility and cause debilitating pain with little relief.
And while many patients find relief from over the counter drugs like ibuprofen or prescription medication, these pills take a big toll on your liver and can cause dependency or even addiction.
That’s why doctors and medical specialists are moving more and more towards healing foods and disease-specific diets. For patients with arthritis, cutting out inflammatory foods from their daily diet can have incredibly beneficial effects.
To relieve pain before it happens, drink this smoothie in the morning and your joints will run as smoothly as a fresh-oiled machine!
See also: anti inflammatory foods
This juice is full of nutrients and disease-fighting compounds, so it’s important to use organic produce for best results.
- 3 or 4 carrots
- 1 red apple
- 1/2 in piece of ginger root
- 1/2 in piece of turmeric root
- 1/4 lemon with its peel intact
- Peel the turmeric and ginger and remove the core of the apple.
- Cut up all the ingredients.
- Place everything together in a blender and pulse at high speed. Add a bit of water if necessary.
What Each Ingredient Does
Turmeric has the ability to to reduce pain caused by arthritis better than ibuprofen(1,2). The root also fights infections, prevents some cancers, reduces inflammation, and treats digestive and liver problems. It’s also useful in treating Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions (3).
Ginger decreases joint pain and reduces inflammation in people with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It works by suppressing inflammatory molecules and switching off certain inflammatory genes. Like turmeric, ginger provides results similar to those of ibuprofen (4).
Apple are one of the highest sources of quercetin, a compound with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Quercetin has the ability to maintain heart and blood vessel health and fight high cholesterol, heart disease, and circulation problems (5,6).
Carrots are high in beta-cryptoxanthin and other antioxidants that provide significant anti-inflammatory benefits, even when compared to anti-inflammatory drugs like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Celebrex (7).
Lemon, particularly its peel, has incredible health benefits. Although the fruit contains citric acid, it actually has an alkalizing effect on the body. Nutrients and compound found in the peel relax blood vessels, reduce inflammation and fight nerve pain, making them a great fruit for patients suffering from arthritis (8).