Arthritis, or joint inflammation, is an incurable chronic disease which includes over 100 types and related conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis) that affect more than 54 million U.S. adults, especially those who are living in the states of Kentucky, West Virginia, Alabama and Arkansas (1).
Arthritis has both apparent and underlying symptoms, such as chronic pain, joint changes and swelling, fatigue, numbness, fever, loss of appetite, pleurisy, all of which vary in length and severity.
Fortunately, making dietary changes by including fruits and vegetables that can fight inflammation and boost the immune defense system to your diet can help relieve those symptoms and reduce pain. An easy way to do so is by drinking anti-inflammatory smoothies.
Here are 5 smoothies to naturally help soothe knee and joint pain.
1. Strawberry Orange Smoothie
Did you know that the strawberry (Fragaria ananassa L.) is more than just an on-the-go snack? This red juicy fruit has an impressive nutrient profile, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with potent anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, a single cup (152 grams) of strawberry halves has just 49 calories and delivers almost 233 mg of potassium and almost 150% of the recommended DV for vitamin C. It is particularly rich in anthocyanins, a group of flavonoids that protects against inflammation, helps alleviate arthritis flares, improves colon health, and more. Oranges (Citrus x sinensis L.) are another reliable source for vitamin C and potential health benefits, most notably lowering risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis and polyarthritis. Several publications have shown that the administration of vitamin C in patients with Paget’s disease or arthritis reduces pain.
- 4 extra-large strawberries (108 grams)
- 2 oranges deseeded
- ¾ cup of orange juice
- 1 cinnamon stick (to taste)
- 1 cup of crushed ice
Place all the ingredients into a blender and puree until very smooth. After pouring the mixture into glasses, you can add chia or pumpkin seeds as a topping.