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Juice Shots: Anti-Inflammatory Juice Shot

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Staying active is key to a long, healthy life. But a lifetime of lifestyle choices can catch up with us, with inflammation setting fire to our joints and keeping us from living life to the fullest. Help put out the fire with this anti-inflammatory juice shot recipe, employing the dynamic duo of ginger and turmeric!

What’s In This Article?

Try this anti-inflammatory juice shot to help loosen up your joints!

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a natural response of the body. It’s the immune system’s first line of defense, where it sends out inflammatory cells and cytokines, proteins that stimulate the growth of more inflammatory cells, to the affected area (1).

What is inflammation? The body's natural first response by the immune system to address issues ranging from bacterial infection or acute injury.

Under normal circumstances, inflammation is temporary, allowing the body to heal the offending issue. But often this cycle of inflammation becomes chronic, leading to significant health issues.

What Causes Inflammation in the Body?

Inflammation can be caused by a multitude of stimuli, from injury to disease. Here are the most common causes of inflammation (2):

  • Pathogens – viruses, bacteria, or fungi
  • Injury – burns, broken bones, torn ligaments, scrapes to the skin, foreign objects (like a splinter)
  • Chemicals or Radiation – exposure to both trigger the body’s inflammatory response
What causes inflammation in the body? A multitude of stimuli can trigger inflammation, but the most common are pathogens, injury, chemicals, radiation, and certain medical conditions.
  • Medical Conditions/Diseases
    • Cystitis – inflammation of the bladder
    • Dermatitis – inflammation of the skin
    • Bronchitis – inflammation of the bronchi in the lungs

Effects of Chronic Inflammation

The body’s response to things like a scraped knee or broken wrist is an example of acute inflammation. This type of inflammation comes on suddenly and subsides once the issue is healed, meaning it’s temporary.

The effects of chronic inflammation are many, from cancer to cardiovascular disease.

However, when this naturally brief response doesn’t stop, it’s called chronic inflammation which can lead to several long-term health conditions (2, 3, 4):

  • Cardiovascular Disease – coronary heart disease and stroke are the most common.
  • Psoriasis – a chronic inflammatory skin condition.
  • Allergies – chronic inflammation has been shown to lead to the development of allergic disease (5).
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS) – both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis fall under this category.
  • Arthritis and Joint Diseases – rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease, but osteoarthritis is also linked to chronic inflammation (6).
  • Cancer – chronic inflammation can cause damage to cellular DNA, leading to cancer.
  • Diabetes – the development of type 2 diabetes is linked to chronic inflammation, and it also plays a role in type 1 (7).

What’s in This Anti-Inflammation Juice Recipe?

Both turmeric and ginger are powerhouses of anti-inflammation (8, 9). Studies reveal that there are several ways these roots reduce inflammation in the body: decreasing levels of nitric oxide, C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and malondialdehyde (MDA), all of which are used to measure inflammation in the body (10).

The ingredients in this anti-inflammatory juice recipe are turmeric, ginger, and lemon.

Not only do these roots reduce inflammation, but they also know how to knock out pain. The active ingredient in turmeric responsible for this is curcumin, which has been shown to reduce joint pain in those with arthritis (11). Gingerol in ginger is also known to reduce pain in joints resulting from osteoarthritis (12).

Lemons are known sources of high amounts of vitamin C, plus anti-inflammatory components like flavonoids and carotenoids (13). Specifically, their anti-inflammatory action has been tied to a reduction in the onset and progression of diabetes (14).

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  • Cons:
    • Some Pulp Left in the Juice
    • Sorbet Attachment Sold Separately
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  • Large Load-and-Go Produce Hopper
  • Minimal Chopping
  • Great Nutrient Extraction
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  • Quick Cleanup
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  • Some Pulp Left in the Juice
  • Sorbet Attachment Sold Separately

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Here’s the Recipe!

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anti-inflammatory juice shot recipe

Juice Shot: Joint Juice


  • Author: JuiceFeaster
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 18 fl oz 1x

Description

Put out the fire of inflammation with these anti-inflammatory juice shots! They bring the dual power of ginger and turmeric to help you stay active for a long, healthy life!


Ingredients

Scale
  • Handful of Ginger Root
  • Handful of Turmeric
  • 2 Lemons
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Ground Cayenne (optional)

Instructions

  1. Scrub the ginger and turmeric roots.
  2. Peel (optional) the lemons.
  3. Run all ingredients through your juicer.
  4. Pour into these great juice shot jars.
  5. Top with a pinch of black pepper and cayenne, then enjoy!

Notes

Black pepper is key for the absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, black pepper increases the absorption rate of curcumin by up to 2,000%! This is why I always suggest a sprinkle when juicing turmeric.

Cayenne not only adds a bit of heat to this juice shot but may help combat inflammation, as well. Not everyone likes the spiciness it brings, so I’ve listed it as an optional add-in.  

When making juice shots, I typically make them in batches and freeze them. That way, I can pull one or two out each day to thaw and enjoy for optimal health. I’ve tried several types of shot jars, and I like these jars the best. They stand up to repeated freezing and are the perfect serving size.

As with any container, when you freeze juice be sure to leave a little bit of headspace as liquid expands when frozen. For these jars, fill them no more than 3/4 full.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Category: Juice Shots

Keywords: juice shots, anti-inflammatory, joint pain, arthritis, juicing for health, juice recipe

More Juices for Inflammation

I’ve created several more juices for inflammation to help you get that internal fire under control.

Post a comment below if you try this recipe. We’d LOVE to hear from you!

  • Just had my first shot.. I think I put too much cayenne 🤣 but it feels good in my throat.. I hope it relieves me of my De Quervain’s pains..

    • Hi Louella,

      Yep, that cayenne is a kicker! I love it but it’s not for everyone. The shot is still great without it if someone can’t handle the heat. Hope you enjoy the recipe and that you get some relief!

    • Hello! Fresh is best in my opinion. I usually have luck finding it at international grocery stores. Asian grocery stores usually have it if you have any close to you. If not, you can also purchase it fresh online. Here is one source: https://geni.us/TurmericRoot

      All of that said, powdered can do if you don’t have immediate access to fresh. I would recommend 1/8th to 1/4 teaspoon per 16-32 oz of juice such as pineapple or orange juice. Here is a great powder that I like: https://geni.us/Turmeric1

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Stay Juicy!
      ~Brett

    • Hello!
      Yes, you can definitely use a blender. A blender does oxidize the ingredients and reduces the nutrient content and active capabilities of the ingredients, so keep that in mind. Also, because of the oxidation, I’d recommend consuming the shots fresh and not storing them.
      If you do store them, I’d recommend freezing them rather than storing them in the fridge.

      Enjoy!
      Brett
      @JuiceFeaster

  • Just got my Nama J2 this week. I want to try something for my mild arthritus(or whatever it is) in my hands. This drink looks intense. Is it drinkable with cayenne?

    • Hello! Congrats on getting your J2! You’ll going to love it!

      This recipe is definitely intense. I personally take it as a 2 oz shot and then follow it up with fresh pineapple juice or fresh orange juice.

      You could also add the shot to fresh pineapple or fresh orange juice and consume it that way.

      I like to freeze the shots in bulk in mini juice jars like these and then thaw 1-2 per day to drink as needed.

      Here are the mini juice jars: https://geni.us/JuiceShotJars1 or these: https://geni.us/JuiceShotJars2

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Enjoy the juice and your juicer!
      ~Brett
      @JuiceFeaster

    • Hello Joanne!

      Yes, absolutely! It won’t change the benefits. I often add pineapple as well. Pineapple has lots of great benefits for sure. Especially for digestion and inflammation.

      Thank you for your question and I appreciate you tuning into my site!

      Enjoy the juice!

      Stay Juicy!
      ~Brett
      @JuiceFeaster

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    Brett leads the Juicer Test Kitchen. Utilizing his 25 years in the juice production and formulation industry, he brings you expert information on the wide world of juicing. From hands-on juicer reviews, tasty juice recipes, and real-world insights, he helps you get the most out of your juicing experience.

    Brett not only has a career background in the juice world, but he is also a lifelong juicing advocate who has personally transformed and maintained his health using the magical powers of juicing and raw living foods.

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