August 2, 2023 in How We Eat

Decrease Pain by Lowering Inflammation with Green Smoothies

Lower Inflammation to Decrease Pain

Lower Inflammation to Decrease Pain

Video by Dr. Justin Thompson

Do you find yourself struggling to get enough fruits and veggies in? When this happens to our diets, we are prone to increased levels of inflammation in our body which can lead to increased chances of pain among other health issues. An easy way to lower inflammation and ensure you are intaking enough healthy foods is green smoothies. I have one every morning or night! This green drink is a delightful blend of fresh mangos, creamy avocado, and nutrient-rich spinach, packed with a plethora of health benefits to help you lower inflammation and decrease pain. Mangos, being a rich source of vitamins A and C, contribute to a strengthened immune system among many other benefits. The abundance of antioxidants in mangos aids in reducing inflammation and oxidative stress within the body. Combined with the avocado’s heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, this smoothie becomes a powerful ally for pain management, as low inflammation is crucial in alleviating discomfort and promoting overall well-being. Sip on this vibrant, tropical concoction and embark on a journey to a healthier and more vibrant you!

Research

“Just 1 cup (165 grams) of fresh mango provides nearly 67% of the DV for vitamin C. This water-soluble vitamin aids your immune system, helps your body absorb iron, and promotes cell growth and repair”

“Functional compounds in the peel, including protocatechuic acids, mangiferin and β-carotene are known for their antimicrobial, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties”

“Mango intake (200–400 g of pulp for 8 weeks) has been shown to decrease inflammatory biomarkers and improve the intestinal microbiota in patients with inflammatory bowel disease”

“Mango is considered safe and even beneficial for cellular functioning, and regular consumption of fresh mango fruit and/or use of its byproducts could promote overall health.”

Recipe
  • 2-3 generous handfuls of frozen spinach, kale, or arugula (better yet, a combination!)
  • 3-5 frozen cups fresh (or frozen) mango (varies based on number of servings and desired sweetness)
  • 1 whole fresh or frozen avocado
  • 2-3 cups of water or coconut milk (varies based on desired consistency and sweetness)
  • Daily dose of essential nutrients
  • 1 dose of your favorite protein powder (optional)
Resources

Lebaka VR, Wee YJ, Ye W, Korivi M. Nutritional Composition and Bioactive Compounds in Three Different Parts of Mango Fruit. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Jan 16;18(2):741. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18020741. PMID: 33467139; PMCID: PMC7830918.