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Tropical Juicing Recipe for Arthritis

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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.

What’s In This Article?

Try this tropical juicing recipe for arthritis to help reduce the inflammation that is at the heart of this terrible disease.

What Causes Arthritis Pain?

Arthritis, at its simplest, is the tenderness and swelling of the joints, with the primary symptom being pain and reduced movement (1). Within this general condition, there are two main types:

  • Osteoarthritis – when the tissue that covers the ends of bones breaks down, known as “wear and tear” arthritis.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – when the immune system attacks the joints and is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease (2).

In both cases, the pain comes from damage to tissue between bones, causing those same bones to rub and grind against one another. Joint swelling and stiffness are also common symptoms.

How Does Inflammation Cause Joint Pain?

Inflammation, while a natural response to tissue damage and necessary for healing, can cause a myriad of health issues when it becomes chronic or unchecked. Its ability to worsen the symptoms and underlying conditions of arthritis is no exception.

What causes arthritis pain is typically damage done to the tissues between bones in the joint. Does inflammation cause joint pain? Yes, by causing those same tissues to swell causing further damage.

In the case of inflammatory-based arthritis (like Rheumatoid), the body releases inflammatory chemicals that attack joint tissues, causing swelling, fluid retention, and both cartilage and bone damage (3).

Even with Osteoarthritis, which is not typically classified as inflammatory-based, the tissues involved are still negatively affected by inflammation (4).

Why Juice for Arthritis?

Juicing is an excellent way to deliver highly concentrated nutrition and bioactive compounds found in fresh produce in a package that’s easy for the body to absorb. In the case of juice for arthritis, those would be the inflammation-reducing components found in ingredients like pineapple, chiles, and lime.

Juice for arthritis is a great way to deliver concentrated anti-inflammatory compounds to the body in a way that is easily absorbed, like the bromelain in pineapple.

Pineapples are packed with bromelain, a proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzyme whose properties are thought to help reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis (5, 6).

Chili peppers contain both vitamin C and carotenoids that act as anti-inflammatories in the body, helping fight the chemicals that cause joint inflammation (7, 8, 9).

Limes are also high in vitamin C, lending their arthritis-healing power (10) to this tasty juice recipe!

Juicer Test Kitchen Pro Tip: I go into more detail about the why and how of juicing as a delivery system in my article Why Juice? Give it a read to find out more!

Fantastic Hands-Free Juicer

Nama J2 Juicer is a fantastic hands-free juicer machine for the home juicer, from beginner to pro!

I made the Tepache My Way on the Nama J2! It’s an incredible hands-free juicer that I absolutely love!

    • Super Fast Operation
    • Large Load-and-Go Produce Hopper
    • Minimal Chopping
    • Great Nutrient Extraction
    • Very Easy to Use
    • Quick Cleanup
    • 15-Year Warranty
    • Some Pulp Left in the Juice
    • Sorbet Attachment Sold Separately
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  • Super Fast Operation
  • Large Load-and-Go Produce Hopper
  • Minimal Chopping
  • Great Nutrient Extraction
  • Very Easy to Use
  • Quick Cleanup
  • 15-Year Warranty
  • Some Pulp Left in the Juice
  • Sorbet Attachment Sold Separately

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. Once you’re done, the Nama J2 itself is super easy to clean. I heartily recommend this machine for the home juicer!

Here’s the Recipe!

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pineapple and chiles juice recipe for arthritis

Tepache My Way


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  • Author: JuiceFeaster
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 32 fl oz 1x

Description

Try this fresh twist on the ancient drink, Tepache, to help with the symptoms of arthritis.


Ingredients

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  • 1 Uber-Fresh Pineapple
  • 3 Dried Guajillo Chiles
  • 1 Lime
  • Tajin (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soak the chiles in warm water for 5 minutes, drain, and set aside.
  2. Decrown and peel the pineapple.
  3. Peel (optional) the lime.
  4. Rim the top of your glass with Tajin (optional) and set aside.
  5. Run all ingredients through your juicer, pour into your glass, and enjoy!!!

Notes

Guajillo chiles give you a rich pepper flavor with nearly no heat. If you want to bump up both the head and capsicum levels, the compound in chiles that helps reduce inflammation, throw in a few dried cayenne peppers in addition to the Guajillos. Give the cayenne the same soaking treatment as the Guajillos.

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Category: Juicing for Health

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

    • Hello Chris!
      I like to consume juices like this for a specific purpose daily and consistently. I usually aim for 16-32 oz per day if possible.

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

      Stay Juicy!

      ~Brett
      @JuiceFeaster

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