Inflammation is something we all deal with on a daily basis. We lead stressful lives that weaken our adrenal glands, we consume too much omega-6 fatty acid in proportion to omega-3, and our world is becoming more polluted every day. All of these things lead to inflammation in the body.
While a little bit of inflammation is necessary to protect the body’s cells from foreign pathogens and is part of the healing response, chronic inflammation is a bad thing. There are many diseases and conditions of chronic inflammation: arthritis, asthma, chronic sinusitis, Chron’s disease, allergies, fibromyalgia, etc. This anti-inflammatory juice is a potent blend of foods and nutrients that assist in reducing the inflammation levels in the body.
Below is a breakdown of the ingredients and how each acts to sooth the inflammatory pathways in the body.
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. In addition to aiding digestion, bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties and is especially good at reducing inflammation related to infections and injuries. Some studies have shown it may also be helpful to reduce sinus inflammation and mucous as well.
Cucumber is newcomer to the list of anti-inflammatory foods. Of course, cucumber has always had these properties, but we are only recently discovering what it can do. Fresh cucumber extract is a potent antioxidant that combats free radical damage (it is also very good for the complexion) and inhibits the action of certain enzymes that cause inflammation. It also helps to prevent overproduction of a molecule that plays an active role in inflammatory diseases.
Turmeric has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medic as an anti-inflammatory for thousands of years. It contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, and is particularly useful for those that suffer with arthritis. Because of the specific ways that turmeric acts against inflammation, it has also been found to be potent at treating and preventing certain types of cancer, such as that of the colon, prostate, and breast.
As cinnamon is a bark, you can’t really juice it, so you can either mix ground cinnamon into the juice from the other ingredients, or you can make a strong cinnamon tea to mix into the juice.
Cinnamon’s anti-inflammatory effect is due to it’s blocking of an inflammatory fatty acid from platelet membranes, which reduces the formation of inflammatory messaging molecules. There is also evidence that cinnamon reduces muscle soreness after athletic activity.
- 1 pineapple
- 2 cucumbers
- 15 three inch (appx) pieces of fresh turmeric root
- 1TB ground cinnamon
- Juice pineapple, cucumber, and turmeric.
- Stir in cinnamon after juicing is completed.
- If you have a masticating juicer, the juice will keep for 72 hours, and you have 3 full days to drink it. If you have inflammation problems, I recommend 1 cup of the juice 3 times per day.
- If you have a centrifugal juicer, the juice will need to be consumed within 24 hours. I recommend cutting the recipe in half and portioning it out into 3 servings.