January 5, 2024 in How We Eat

Try This Green Smoothie to Reduce Joint Pain by Lowering Inflammation

Reduce Joint Pain

Reduce Joint Pain

Video by Dr. Justin Thompson

Smoothies are an excellent option to make sure you are staying on top of your fruit and vegetable intake. When our team of Chiropractors in McKinney look at joint pain in the body, one of the components that is often forgotten is nutrition! How we eat plays a large role in the high levels of inflammation in our body which contributes to joint pain and other chronic ailments. Intaking enough fruits and vegetables is essential to keeping inflammation levels in check. One of my favorite flavor combinations is raspberries and lemons! That’s why this month’s recipe is my personal take on this summertime classic. Indulging in a refreshing and healthy raspberry lemonade smoothie is like a sip of sunshine for your taste buds and your well-being. Raspberries, those vibrant red jewels of nature, are not only delicious but also a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and quercetin, raspberries can bolster your immune system and protect your cells from oxidative stress leading to less inflammation. So, blend up this delightful concoction to treat yourself to a taste of summer while reaping the countless health benefits that raspberries bring to the table. Your body and taste buds will thank you!

Research

“Diet is an essential factor that affects the risk of modern-day metabolic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, obesity, and Alzheimer disease. The potential ability of certain foods and their bioactive compounds to reverse or prevent the progression of the pathogenic processes that underlie these diseases has attracted research attention.”

“In a collagen-induced arthritis rat model of inflammation, red raspberry extract (15 mg/kg) significantly reduced the development of clinical signs of arthritis and markedly reduced the degree of bone resorption, soft tissue swelling, and osteophyte formation and thereby prevented articular destruction in animals that received the raspberry extract”

“The trials suggest that berries may be most useful in reestablishing homeostasis or protecting cells/cell components from being damaged during stress situations.”

“These effects were associated with improvements on relevant endpoints such as reduced blood pressure, improved lipid profiles, decreased atherosclerotic development, improved vascular function, stabilization of uncontrolled diabetic symptoms”

Recipe (all organic and frozen)
  • 1-2 handfuls kale, spinach or arugula (better yet, a combination!)
  • fresh squeezed lemon to taste
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ banana
  • 1 handful o1 raspberries
  • 1-2 cups of water or coconut milk (varies based on desired consistency and sweetness)
  • Daily dose of essential nutrients
Resources

Burton-Freeman BM, Sandhu AK, Edirisinghe I. Red Raspberries and Their Bioactive Polyphenols: Cardiometabolic and Neuronal Health Links. Adv Nutr. 2016 Jan 15;7(1):44-65. doi: 10.3945/an.115.009639. PMID: 26773014; PMCID: PMC4717884.

Figueira ME, Camara MB, Direito R, Rocha J, Serra AT, Duarte CM, Fernandes A, Freitas M, Fernandes E, Marques MC, et al.. Chemical characterization of a red raspberry fruit extract and evaluation of its pharmacological effects in experimental models of acute inflammation and collagen-induced arthritis. Food Funct

Our Message

When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only get rid of your back pain, neck pain, or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our McKinney Chiropractors, located near West Ridge, at the corner of S. Stonebridge Dr. and Eldorado Pkwy.,  will teach you what the research says about how and why we should eat a better diet, move more and have more positive thoughts. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of diabetes and other diseases!