Juicing for Inflammation

Inflammation is your body's response to infection, toxins, and injury. By soaking up dead cells and tissues, your body helps prevent foreign organisms from entering. Inflammatory responses range from redness and swelling to pain and heat. Everything from minor injuries and infections to more serious conditions such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and colitis can result in inflammation.

If you suffer from inflammation, be aware that some prescription or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs have adverse side effects, including liver damage, kidney damage and even heart damage. You may want to try increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables that naturally reduce inflammation.

Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that drinking one glass of freshly squeezed orange juice a day may cut the risk of developing inflammatory forms of arthritis because some dietary carotenoids, including beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin, lower the risk of developing arthritis.

Beta-cryptoxanthin is classified as a pro-vitamin A carotenoid. The body can convert it to an active form of vitamin A. Vitamin A is recognized as being important for skin and bone health as well as immune function. Foods highest in beta-cryptoxanthin include peppers, pumpkins, and winter squash, as well as persimmons, tangerines, and papayas. Zeaxanthin, another carotenoid with antioxidant power, is found in green leafy vegetables and yellow and orange fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and Vegetables That Reduce Inflammation

Fill your juicer with the following produce for a delicious drink that also helps reduce inflammation and swelling:

  • Celery: Celery is loaded with vitamin C, which promotes a healthy immune system.

  • Eggplant and purple cabbage: The purple colors of these veggies come courtesy of flavonoids — substances that help decrease swelling and inflammation.

  • Lettuce, spinach, and turnip greens: Studies show the omega-3 fatty acids in leafy greens can calm the most severe menstrual cramps quickly and naturally by countering the inflammation that causes pain.

  • Oranges, grapefruit, and lemons: These citrus fruits contain bioflavonoids, which assist in joint collagen.

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