Joint pain is experienced by a lot of people and it can be caused as a result of several factors. As you probably know that in case you sit or are inactive for a longer period, you may experience some type of pain. In addition, there are many chronic inflammatory conditions, for instance: gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, and also other injuries, for instance: strains and sprains.
Those people who suffer from joint pain know that it can be a very painful condition. However, we are going to present an excellent smoothie that contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties and it can greatly decrease your joint pain.
It is important to know that the used ingredients in this smoothie are able to decrease chronic inflammation-related joint pain and they have been proven by scientists.
The beneficial effects of the ingredients of this anti-inflammatory smoothie for joint pain
Pineapple is a delicious fruit with a great number of healing properties.
In other words, bromelain, i.e., an enzyme found in pineapples, has been proven to have anti-inflammatory effects. Moreover, there is a 2002 study that was published by the International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology and it showed bromelain has extremely positive effects in the treatment of mild knee pain physical symptoms.
Also, the same study showed that this enzyme has a capacity to improve the overall health of those who suffer from knee pain, and also it can decrease the symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
What is even more important is the fact that bromelain is a safe and effective substitute to over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, i.e., NSAID pain relievers, when it comes to gastrointestinal pain and disorders, as well.
Another 2012 study that was published by the Biotechnology Research International Journal showed that this enzyme can act as an effective analgesic for rheumatoid arthritis.
Turmeric is used in various Indian dishes and it has been long used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine in the treatment of numerous health issues. In addition, this herb is an excellent source of natural anti-inflammatory and pain alleviating properties, because of its main ingredient, i.e., curcumin.
According to a lot of studies turmeric is extremely effective ingredient that is able to relieve pain, for instance chronic arthritis and joint pain, as well.
Ginger is also a commonly used spice by a lot of people. Like turmeric, ginger has long been used for its healing and strong anti-inflammatory properties.
According to a 2001 study that was published by the Arthritis and Rheumatism Journal a highly purified and standardized ginger extract can help in the reduction of knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Also, it has almost no side effects, but some people should avoid ginger consumption.
In addition, according to another 2005 study that was published in the Journal of Food Medicine ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and it has extremely positive effects in the treatment of chronic inflammation, i.e., a possible cause for joint pain.
- Tart cherries or berries
According to the researches tart cherries are excellent natural reliever of inflammation-caused pain.
They are also called sour cherries, and they are a great source of vitamins A, C and beta carotene. Moreover, you should know that vitamin C plays a key role in the production of collagen, i.e., a constituent part of normal cartilage. It is of a great importance because cartilage can be destroyed by osteoarthritis, thus resulting in great pressure on bones and joints, as well.
These cherries are also abundant in anthocyanins that have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Luckily, this fruit can be consumed in various forms, for instance: fresh, frozen, dried, as a juice or an extract.
In case you cannot find tart cherries, you can freely use some other types of berries because they are also a great source of anthocyanins and vitamin C. Furthermore, we are talking about blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries, as well.
- Virgin coconut oil
In fact, coconut oil can be used for various purposes. Moreover, coconut oil can help the alleviation of joint pain in two ways, i.e., it helps with the absorption and bio-availability of turmeric.
Coconut oil has a great number of anti-inflammatory properties that actually lower the joint pain. Also, according to a 2014 study that was published in the International Immunopharmacology Journal this oil contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can relieve arthritis.
- Black pepper
Even though the black pepper is not added to smoothies, but in this case it has a different purpose. According to a 2015 study that was published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition the black pepper if combined with turmeric can elevate the antioxidant levels of turmeric.
Also, the black pepper can act as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. A 2013 study carried out by Critical Reviews of Food Science and Nutrition, the piperine is the active ingredient of the black pepper. It is actually made up of volatile oils, alkaloids, and oleoresins, which contain anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Recipe of anti-inflammatory smoothie excellent for joint pain
- 1 cup of pineapple chunks
- One inch of fresh turmeric root (or half a teaspoon of ground turmeric)
- One inch of fresh ginger root (or half a teaspoon of ground ginger)
- Half a cup of tart cherry juice (or 1-1.5 cup of fresh berries)
- Half a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil
- A pinch of black pepper
You should put all the ingredients in a blender, blend them at high speed and consume it immediately. Also, you can prepare a greater quantity of this beverage and refrigerate it in a glass jar.