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.
2. Carrot Pineapple Smoothie
The carrot (Daucus carota L.) is a crunchy vegetable available in many varieties and colors. It is an excellent source of carotenoids, dietary fiber, potassium and vitamins A and K. More specifically, one cup (128 grams) of chopped carrots has almost 53 calories and provides 3.6 grams of fiber, 410 mg of potassium and 428% and 21% of the recommended daily intakes for vitamins A and K, respectively. In conjunction with pineapples, carrot juice increases plasma antioxidant defenses and fights inflammation thanks to the anti-inflammatory activity of proteolytic enzymes contained in pineapple. These include bromelain which is increasingly used to treat osteoarthritis and reduce joint swelling related to rheumatoid arthritis.
- 1 cup (165 grams) of pineapple chunks
- ½ cup (55 grams) of grated or chopped carrots
- ¾ cup of orange juice
- 1 cup of crushed ice
Simply place the fruit slices and orange juice into the bowl of the blender and blend until smooth. Add the crushed ice gradually depending on the desired thickness.