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Juicing is undoubtedly the best way to get all the inflammation-fighting nutrients – especially when you have arthritis. It is now known for a fact that certain foods like those that are deep-fried, sugary, processed, or refined — lead to more inflammation, while others, like fruits and vegetables, lead to less inflammation and can undo the damage done. It is therefore important to choose your ingredients wisely, to make this concept of juicing work for you!

When you are aiming for an anti-oxidant rich diet, juicing is the best way to load up on those inflammation-fighting ingredients like anthocyanins in berries and bromelain in pineapple. Juicing also helps weight loss, which is very important in controlling and managing arthritis. As Nathan Wei, MD, a rheumatologist and director of the Arthritis Treatment Center in Frederick, Maryland puts it, “Fat cells contain leptins, proteins that aggravate inflammation… the fewer fat cells, the fewer leptins hanging around.”

So, here are a few dos and don’ts of juicing for arthritis:

  • Drink fresh juices as nutrients can break down over time. If juicing at home is not possible, order from an outlet that uses high-pressure processing which preserves the juice and keeps it free of bacteria, while maintaining nutrients.
  • One or two juices per day would be ideal, but do take the calorie count into account. For example, tart cherry juice is healthy but high in calories, so work it into your overall calorie allotment for the day.
  • Drinking juices made of 80% vegetables and 20% fruits is a great way to limit sugar.
  • Juices can be paired with proteins such as nuts or Greek yogurt, to help control blood sugar.
  • Try juicing with vegetables, fruits, and spices that have anti-inflammatory effects, such as ginger, which may help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis. You can also try turmeric, cinnamon, and chili powder along with citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons, berries, tart cherries, carrots, and leafy greens.
  • Certain combinations can enhance efficacy – for example, while turmeric is as effective as ibuprofen in treating pain, it is not absorbed easily when taken along. Adding a few shakes of pepper improves the absorption rate considerably.
  • Rely on juicing only for nutrition and not as a meal as juicing removes most of the fiber from food and can leave you constipated. You may also miss out on nutrients like vitamin B12 or those that require some fat in order to be absorbed, such as beta-carotene and other fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Make a note of what suits you or doesn’t, as your body can react differently. Certain nightshade vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers can cause a worsening of arthritis symptoms – so find out what works for you!
  • Watch out for potential food-drug interactions – always check with your Doctor when in doubt. For example. grapefruit juice is known to interfere with a variety of medications. Prednisone, which is sometimes prescribed for arthritis pain, can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar, and fruit juice can exacerbate that. Vitamin K, found in leafy greens, can interfere with blood thinners.

Overall nutrition is the key here, and finding the right ingredients that work best for you! Happy Juicing!

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