An Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Drink
Some of you have asked me to share my favorite Anti-Inflammatory items with you. What I’ve been doing for the past 6 years since my car accident, is get all the benefits of these anti-inflammatory goodies in a daily smoothie.
I vary it up during the seasons, but for the most part, I take it like this. Everything together provides a powerhouse of benefits for my body! What a great fresh source of Iron, Fiber, Protein, Chlorphyll, Calcium, Omega-3s, Antioxidants, and Potassium!
The Benefits of these Anti-Inflammatory ingredients:
Coconut Water = Research claims that coconut water is anti-fungal and contains fiber, which slows the absorption of the sugars. It contains zero chemicals and preservatives, and has the five electrolytes that are already in our bodies. This includes potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium and calcium. All of these electrolytes help in certain functions of our body. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is oftentimes caused by an electrolyte imbalance. Many hypertensive patients only worry about sodium, but all of the electrolytes take part in the “blocking” of ducts in our veins. Coconut water also has a good effect on thyroid function. (read more)
Nopal Cactus = Documented research reports that nopal cactus assists in stabilizing blood sugars because of its large amount of slowly-digestible fiber. It is said to lower cholesterol, scrub blood vessels, sweep the colon, protect the liver, and also contributes calcium and valuable amino acids and other nutrients. (read more)
Chia Seeds = Research states that Chia contains a high amount of fiber, approximately 7 grams of fiber in a 25-gram serving of seeds. It also has minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and zinc. All of the essential amino acids are included, except for taurine. The antioxidant content is higher than that of blueberries, and chia seeds also have more iron than spinach and more calcium than cow’s milk. They have twice the protein of other seeds and grains. (read more)
Cucumber = Studies indicate that cucumbers offer a great variety of holistic benefits to the body by offering natural hydration, vitamin A, vitamin K, and potassium. (source cited). The water content of a cucumber is greater than 90 percent and packed with nutrients, cucumbers can help you lower your blood pressure and maintain healthy skin. The cucumber’s skin is rich in fiber and helps the body remove harmful toxins and free radicals. The ascorbic acid in cucumbers also help keep the body from retaining excess water. With its natural properties helping you avoid excess water retention, cucumbers are often used to reduce swelling or dark circles under the eyes. The combination of fiber, magnesium and potassium in cucumbers can help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. It is said that cucumbers also contain enough vitamin C, a power-packed antioxidant, to lower blood pressure. (read more)
Carrot = A new study declares Carrots are a high antioxidant vegetable in terms of their beta-carotene content. The new study identified that carrots have polyacetylenes as phytonutrients, that can help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells, especially when these polyacetylenes are found in their reduced (versus oxidized) form. (read more)
Green Apple = A sweet, but low sugar source, also providing antioxidants and fiber. According to the Phase One diet by Doug Kaufmann, green apples are anti-fungal and won’t feed candida (yeast overgrowth) in the body. (read more)
Wheatgrass = According to research studies, Wheatgrass, full of chlorophyll, is said to help virtually all of the body’s systems perform better because it works at the cellular level. It is high in oxygen, amino acids, minerals and enzymes and helps detoxify the body, even of heavy metals. It is said to improve digestion and prevent constipation. An antioxidant, Wheatgrass is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. (read more)
Parsley = Documentation in research state that parsley is a rich source of Antioxidant nutrients, particularly flavenoids, vitamin C and vitamin A. Parsley is a good source of folic acid, one of the most important B vitamins. It is sadi that parsley also benefits the cardiovascular system. Study indicates that since parsley is a vitamin C rich food, it can offer protection against Rheumatoid Arthritis. (read more)
Purslane = Documentation from studies find that purslane is high in iron and protein. It has the highest Omega-3 content of any plant source. Because of the Omega-3 content, purslane becomes even more valuable from a health standpoint, as the fatty acids may reduce your risk of developing inflammatory conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, age-related macular degeneration and even Alzheimer’s. (read more here and here)
Raw Chocolate/Cacao = Raw chocolate has no sugar, milk or oil added to it and it is naturally rich in flavonoids, which are natural nutrients with antioxidant properties – the same nutrients that make berries, grapes, and green tea health-promoting foods. Flavonoids that are abundant in raw chocolate can protect your cells against damage by free radicals, which can help to prevent premature aging. Flavonoids in raw chocolate are good for your heart, as they can help to prevent stickiness of platelets, which are cells that play an important role in blood clotting. Flavonoids can help your body produce nitric oxide, a compound that promotes a healthy cardiovascular system.
Dates = Although this ingredient might be the one ingredients that is not exactly low-glycemic, studies claim dates are high in fiber and contain calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are advantageous for health. It is said that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. Dates help in fighting constipation, intestinal disorders, weight gain, heart problems, sexual weakness, diarrhea and abdominal cancer. I use dates as a way to sweeten naturally, but if you are eating a low-glycemic, candida-free diet, you can omit these. (read more)
Blueberries = Blueberries are ranked as one of the Worlds most powerful Antioxidant foods. Studies indicate the benefits from blueberries are: Antioxidant support for the whole body. Cardivascular benefits, Blood Sugar benefits, Eye Health, Anti-Cancer benefits just to name a few!