Inflammation is the body’s initial healing response to acute injuries or illness. Problems arise when the body fails to shut off the inflammation process, and the result is diminished blood flow, an increase in pain, and escalating inflammation.
Recognized as the culprit behind many chronic and degenerative diseases, inflammation is implicated in the initiation and progression of arthritis, atherosclerosis, periodontal disease, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer. In short, inflammation sucks.
Inflammation is uncomfortable at best, but at worst it can be completely debilitating. In some cases, preventative measures can be taken to slow the condition from worsening. However, many over the counter anti-inflammatory medications can cause upset stomachs. But for those with mild cases of inflammation, a holistic approach can provide relief.
Ginger root and more: a natural anti-inflammatory
Ginger root is used worldwide in various herbal traditions. Its primary use is to prevent and relieve nausea, indigestion, heart rhythm irregularities, inflammation and pain. In cases of autoimmune diseases, ginger is widely used to reduce arthritic symptoms, inflammation related to ulcerative colitis, and digestive irritation. Ginger is also reported to lower cholesterol levels, inhibit replication of herpes simplex virus, and used in the prevention of blood clots.
Bromelain is the active enzyme in pineapple, and in numerous studies, bromelain and other digestive enzymes have been shown to ease inflammation in joints, soft tissues, muscles and organs throughout the body. Proteolytic enzymes work by digesting and deactivating inflammatory compounds that build up in the body.
Blueberries are loaded with anthocyanins, a type of poly phenol antioxidant that boosts immunity and protects the body from free radical damage, which triggers inflammation. Other good sources of poly phenols include blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and cranberries.
The merit of anthocyanins and polyphenols cannot be understated, as they are essential to every single body process. If you only do one thing for your body, make sure that you get enough anthocyanins and poly phenols.
Blueberries, ginger and pineapple lend themselves very nicely to most juice combinations. Ginger will add a subtle spice, while blueberries and pineapple offer a refreshing sweetness. And together the juice of ginger, pineapple and blueberries makes for a refreshing and proven anti inflammatory sipper!