Juicing for joint health
Nov 27, 2015
Have you been suffering from joint pain and stiffness? You’re not alone. Millions of Australians are affected by some form of arthritis and think that it’s just “part of getting older.”1 We’re here to tell you that this doesn't have to be a life sentence and that you may very well be able to relieve some of the pain, stiffness and swelling of arthritis by reaping the benefits of cold press juicing (in addition, of course, to following the the advice and management plan of your medical practitioner!)
There are certain fruits and vegetables that contain extremely high levels of anti-inflammatory nutrients, and when they are consumed daily in fresh quality juices, your body is able to use them to fight different forms of diseases that attack the joints such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout or lupus.
Best Juicing Foods for Arthritis
One of the most nutritious juice ingredients is spinach. Its high vitamin K content makes it a great inflammation fighter, not to mention that it packs a whole lot more health boosting vitamins and minerals.2 Vitamin K has been shown to improve bone and joint health in addition to calcium and magnesium, which are also found in high amounts in spinach. Worried you won’t like it? It has a light refreshing flavor that blends well with other more flavourful fruits, so you can enjoy the benefits of fresh spinach juice even if you don’t like it on your dinner plate.
For centuries, ginger has been revered for its health properties which include its ability to both reduce swelling and relieve pain. Many recent studies have shown a promising future for ginger as a treatment for arthritic conditions.3 Someday it may be a leading remedy for pain relief in pill form, but the best way to get the most from ginger is by raw consumption. A little bit of this potent ingredient goes a long way, adding a flowery essence along with a spicy zip to your morning juice.
Certain tropical fruits such as pineapple and papaya contain the enzyme bromelain, a powerful nutrient that has shown promising results in relieving inflammation in clinical trials.4 In addition they contain a healthy dose of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps your body repair the damage done by inflammatory diseases. When consumed fresh in juice, this natural combo of nutrients work together to target pain and swelling. Also, these juices are a delicious treat that you’ll look forward to every day. I mean, who doesn’t love exotic, tropical juice?
Try this recipe for a delicious and potent joint tonic:
Ginger Joint Juice
● ginger - ½ inch piece, peeled
● spinach - 2 bunches (about 4 cups) discard bottoms of the stems and rinse extremely well
● pineapple - ½ medium, discard top and remove outer rind
● papaya - 1 medium, peel and discard seeds
Directions - add all ingredients to juicer and extract
Servings - makes about 3 cups juice
Inflammation is the root cause of just about every disease process, not just arthritis and related auto-immune conditions. Almost everyone can benefit from this juice recipe, no matter what you’re going through, as inflammation is present in all of us to some extent. You cannot only treat current inflammation, but also prevent future flare-ups with this potent combo. Plus it’s absolutely delicious, who could resist?
By consuming fresh, natural juices every day, your body will have the tools it needs to fight inflammation, as well as the building blocks needed to repair tissue. Plus, you know that the rest of your body is also benefiting from the powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients contained in these ingredients. Over time, your body will have less inflammation of joints and tissues, leading to less pain, which results in more mobility, equaling a better life, so get juicing!
Until next time!
Team Mod :)