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Juicing to Combat Arthritis

Arthritis is most often caused by the inflammation of joints and the symptoms can be reduced through upping the intake of antioxidants, something that many people struggle to do when following our convenience-food modern diet.

With juicing, you get all the health benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables in a handy, portable form. This allows you to juice up on the go and avoid those artificial sugary and highly processed drinks that can contribute to inflammation.

It is the antioxidants, such as anthocyanin in berries and bromelain in pineapples that really get to work to help fight that inflammation that causes arthritis and as a bonus, juicing can help fight obesity and contribute to overall health. However, to get the best out of juicing and enjoy the anti-inflammatory effect, there are some rules that should be followed.

Even though juicing is far healthier than filling up with artificial flavored drinks, it is always a great idea to keep a track of just how many calories you will be ingesting. Many fruit juices are high in calories. So while you’ll still get that antioxidant punch, you may end up putting on the pounds. Try to mix it up a little. Use fruit sparingly and up the vegetable juice component of your drinks. An ideal mix should be about a quarter fruit juice and the rest, vegetable juice.

Research On Mangosteen Juice

Research results from studies of a tropical fruit called the mangosteen has been called promising by the Mayo Clinic.[1] CRP is a protein that indicates inflammation. Study subjects needed to consume a minimum of 18 ounces every day to demonstrate lower CRP levels than subjects in a placebo group.

The problem with the study is that the scientists weren’t actually looking for a way to relieve arthritis. While the Mayo Clinic says that it would be worth trying this juice, the source also says that their doctors would look forward to a study that was more focused on this benefit.

Beet Juicing As An Arthritis Remedy

Beets have been considered a source of food and folk medicine since ancient times. The sweet roots contain an ingredient called betaine. This substance is a strong antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage.[2]

This substance as been studied as a way to lower CRP, like mangosteen juice. It also reduces other markers of inflammation. Since the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis are caused by inflammation, beets are an ingredient to consider in any juicing recipe. It’s also a lot easier to obtain beets for juicing in the US and Europe than it is to find mangosteen, an Asian fruit.

Celery As Green Arthritis Medicine

 

One inexpensive and low-calorie juicing ingredient is the humble celery. Some people might be surprised to know that this salad stable was considered a medicinal plant by ancient people.

The anti-inflammatory ingredient in celery is called polyacetylene. This substance helps with all varieties of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.[3]

The vegetable also contains other anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients and is considered safe to consume in almost any imaginable amount. Also, celery juice barely adds any calories, so it can help to lower the sugar in juicing remedies.

If you want to get that extra anti inflammatory kick, then try adding some spices such as ginger or chili (capsicum is a great anti-inflammatory). You will not only be increasing the effect, but also adding deliciousness to the mix.

There has also been some research to indicate that helping your body with nutrient absorption can increase anti-inflammatory effects. For instance, a 2014 study in Clinical Interventions in Aging showed that turmeric extract has a similar effect to ibuprofen when it comes to treating pain and inflammation.[4] However, adding a little pepper to your juice if you’re using turmeric will help with the absorption.

There are some vegetables that you should perhaps avoid when juicing to reduce the pain and inflammation that causes arthritis. Some nutritionists have noted that the Nightshade family of vegetables may increase arthritis symptoms. This means reducing the use of ingredients, such as, tomatoes and peppers. The guide here is your own body. Everyone reacts differently to these ingredients. Keep track of your symptoms and adjust accordingly.

Always be aware that your juicing diet can have an effect on any medications that you are taking to combat the symptoms of arthritis. Although it’s rare, juice from fruit such as grapefruit can interfere with blood sugar levels in patients who are taking Prednisone. Always check with your doctor, especially if you’re going to be making juicing a central part of your lifestyle and diet.

Juicing can be a delicious and healthy way of improving your overall health while controlling the effects of inflammation if you are suffering from arthritis. Keep mixing it up and keep your juicing fresh and interesting. Juicing will help you to contribute significantly to your quality of life.

Resources:

[1] http://www.mayoclinic.org/mangosteen/expert-answers/faq-20058517

[2] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/25/beets-health-benefits.aspx

[3] http://www.naturalnews.com/024596_celery_juicing.html

[4] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24672232

 

Roger Lehman writes and plays music in his spare time. He runs a site, BestBlenderForTheMoney.com that gives you the latest reviews and information on blenders to help you make the right choice.

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Juicing to Combat Arthritis
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In this piece we discuss the various strategies you can put in place to use diet to maintain health and combat conditions such as arthritis
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