Arthritis is a chronic disease resulting in inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness, which often cause mobility issues. Many joint disorders are related to arthritis, but rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are the most common types of arthritis. Though there is no cure for either type of arthritis, doctor prescribed medications and therapies, as well as simple dietary changes can help soothe symptoms.
Here are a few tasty smoothies that may help alleviate arthritis pain:
Turmeric is a spice native to India containing medicinal properties. In the early time, it was used as Ayurvedic medicine, or traditional Indian medicine. In the U.S. turmeric is specifically used as a spice, but experts have been touting its antiinflammatory health benefits in recent years. Smoothies from turmeric are yummy and loaded with anti-inflammatory properties responsible for easing arthritis. INcorporate some banana, coconut milk, and mango for sweetness.
2. Dark leafy greens
Leafy vegetables contain vitamins and mineral salts useful in protecting the body against diseases. Having a dish full of finely chopped green vegetables as a salad drizzled with olive oil is a healthy move with multiple benefits. Furthermore, grinding kale or spinach into a smoothie offers plenty of nutrients, especially vitamin C and D, that protect the body from anti-inflammatory molecules. Also, leafy greens help strengthen collagen, a significant component in cartilage. Plus, blending a handful of leafy greens into your smoothie of choice is virtually tasteless, with all of the benefits.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel of a mature coconut. It is a naturally existing oil applied to various uses, from promoting external splendor to uplifting internal wellbeing. External splendor in such a way that it is credited for fair skin and shiny hair. On the other hand, the actual healing properties of coconut oil are responsible for internal wellbeing. However, coconut oil is mostly used in preparing fried foods, but incorporating some into smoothie releases polyphenols. Polyphenols are micronutrients from coconut oils with numerous healing properties and fighting against inflammatory problems in arthritis. Blend a teaspoon of coconut oil with almond milk, cacao powder, and banana for a delicious smoothie treat.
4. Dark berries
Berries are small pulpy fruits with low calories that are high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. Dark berries are classified as superfoods that can be easily blended into a smoothie. Other than antioxidants, dark berries have anthocyanin and carotenoids, giving them their color. These two compounds help the body to flush out free radicals that accelerate inflammation. Therefore, including dark berries (i.e., cherries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.) into a smoothie helps to clean and protect the body.
5. Tart cherries
Traditionally, arthritis sufferers report that eating tart cherries reduces pain from osteoarthritis, but recently scientists have uncovered the truth. The higher level of anthocyanin in tart cherries is associated with anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, eating tart cherries reduces inflammation and other symptoms of osteoarthritis.