Arthritis affects over 350 million people worldwide. It’s an epidemic that robs someone of their ability to move freely and enjoy life to the fullest. When looking for ways to combat the symptoms, we can find some relief right from the foods we eat. Taking inspiration from Tepache, a much-loved pineapple drink that originated in pre-Columbian Mexico, I’ve created this juicing recipe for arthritis as a way to tastefully tackle this terrible condition.
The Juice: Tepache My Way
Makes 32 fl oz
1 Uber-Ripe Pineapple
3 Dried Guajillo Chiles
Soak the chiles in warm water for 5 minutes.
Peel, de-crown, and chop (if needed) the pineapple.
Peel (optional) the lime.
Rim the top of your glass with Tajin (optional).
Run all ingredients through your juicer and enjoy!!!
Juicer Test Kitchen Insider Tip: Guajillo chilis give you a rich pepper flavor with no heat. But if you want to bump up both the heat and capsicum levels, throw in a few cayenne peppers in addition to the guajillos.
The Details: Soothe Pain & Swelling
Pineapples are packed with bromelain, a proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzyme whose properties are thought to help reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
The active ingredient in chiles tied to pain relief is capsaicin which blocks the neurological receptors for pain. This compound has also been found to help reduce swelling, providing both analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects in the body from arthritis and other injuries or conditions.
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The Juicer: Nama J2 Juicer
I made the Tepache My Way on the Nama J2! It’s an incredible all-purpose juicer!
The Nama J2 is so easy to use and makes juice so fast that it’s become my daily go-to juicer. What sets it apart from others is its innovative top hopper. You just fill it up with produce (very minimal prep needed), close the lid, and let it go. I literally put whole pineapples in it, only cutting off the top and skin. The juicer does the rest!
Still a cold-press juicer, it gives you good yield and nutrient extraction. You can even walk away while it juices because there’s no need to stand around constantly feeding produce into a tiny chute. This allows you to clean up your prep area while it juices. Then once you’re done, the Nama J2 itself is super easy to clean. I heartily recommend this machine for the home juicer!
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