* 3 juicing recipes for arthritis posted below.
I never really knew my paternal grandfather, as he died when I was still just a child. So, when thinking of a present this past Christmas for my father, I couldn’t help but want to compile a history of his parents – with him as the main recipient, but me as a (selfish) recipient of knowledge regarding my ancestry.
I found out that my grandfather suffered from Rheumatoid arthritis almost his whole life, beginning when he was 12. It was humbling to read his accounts: rolling from the bed to the floor, because it hurt too bad to stand. Ending school, because he literally could not move for pain. The pain subsided with time, but returned while in the muddy trenches of WW2, and never fully went away following those war experiences.
My grandfather was built from tough farm stock. He worked 3 jobs – more than 80 hours a week – to support his 9 children, all while also owning a farm and orchard.
So his occasional journal entries of pain in his joints are even more poignant. This was not a man prone to complaining and excuses. He truly suffered from a debilitating disease.
Once I was married, I found that my husband has two cousins with this same illness. I couldn’t help but wonder if there were anyway to heal, and lessen the pain caused from this disease.
My research on the disease led me, once again, to juicing. The main thing to focus on with arthritis prevention and management is inflammation: if you lessen inflammation, you lessen pain. So here are some juicing recipes for arthritis, whose key ingredients are inflammation-fighting agents.
Juicing Recipes for Arthritis
Juice #1: Island Anti-inflammatory
1 handful kale
1 medium carrot
1 medium mango
Ginger and tumeric are both spices with significant anti-inflammatory capabilities. Be aware that ginger is also a blood thinner, however, so be careful with mixing a frequent amount of it into your diet, if you are already on a blood thinner. Vitamin C, found in large qualities in kale and mango, is critical in collagen and cartilage health, and has been proven a key factor in arthritis reduction and prevention. Finally, carrots are high in beta cryptoxanthin, an antioxidant proven to reduce arthritis risk.
Juice #2: Quercetin Concoction
1/2 leek (top half)
5-6 sprigs fresh parsley
10 cherry tomatoes
1/2 red bell pepper
1 medium carrot
Quercetin is an anti inflammatory bio-flavonoid antioxidant (say that three times fast!) with effects that mimic non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like aspirin and ibuprofen, lessening inflammation and thus, pain. Leeks, kale, and cherry tomatoes are all excellent sources for this anti-oxidant. Parsley and peppers are good sources of vitamin C, and carrots of beta-cryptoxanthin (previously explained).
Juice #3: Anthocyanidin Apothecary
6 fresh strawberries
6 fresh cherries
Anthocyanidin is another anti inflammatory bio-flavonoid antioxidant. It fights the inflammation caused by certain chemicals, including cytokines and prostaglandins. Strawberries, cherries, and plums are all good sources of this arthritis-fighting antioxidant.