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Smoothies and Shakes for RA Pain Relief

If only the medical community were not so rigid as to dismiss natural medicine. Ideally the approach would be a synergy between both.

Add smoothies to a rheumatoid arthritis diet!

Add smoothies to a rheumatoid arthritis diet!

Smoothies, Healthy Shakes and Nutritional Drinks for Rheumatoid Arthritis

DRINK your nutrition the easy way to soothe RA fatigue and joint pain with an improved rheumatoid arthritis diet. Finding it hard to injest all those fruits and veggies and healthy foods? Why not throw them all into a nutritious drink or two per day and be done with it?

Having rheumatoid arthritis is MORE than enough pain without having to make your nutrition plan a new part-time job. Consider adopting a habit to make yourself a liquid smoothie, healthy shake or nutritious drink at LEAST once every day. Include the right ingredients, and you may find HUGE success in a remedy for all than pain without too much hassle by simply adapting to a rheumatoid arthritis diet.

Let's face it. You KNOW you need to eat right...and it's so hard to get those recommended 5 - 13 servings of fruits and vegetables some days (maybe MOST days). Maybe that thought is even beyond your comprehension!

Drink that joint pain away with healthy smoothies and nutritious drinks!

Making Nutritious Drinks the EASY Way

Here you'll find SIMPLE recipes with only a handful of ingredients. Getting set up with basic ingredients will make these daily drinks a breeze. Use the links below to get what you need or find similar items at your local health food store, but DO watch the brands because all are NOT the same. There's a lot of junk out there, even at health food stores hiding behind shiny labels that often do NOT tell the real story. Learn more about that here: Are Your Vitamins Safe?

Choose a few smoothie recipes and at least commit to making yourself one regularly, if not daily. Grab some quality ingredients and keep them on hand, then add fresh fruits as you like until you find combinations that you love. Yogurt is also an excellent ingredient for nutritious drinks, as well as a shot of fruit juice. The idea is to get these nutrients into your body daily and to commit to a daily habit.

Pain-Soothing Herbs for RA Fatigue and Pain

The most studied of the anti-inflammatory herbs are ginger and turmeric.

Ginger is probably best known for its ability to ease motion and morning sickness as well as drug-induced and postoperative nausea. Ginger extract also has been found to reduce knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Turmeric is proven to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-tumor properties. Turmeric is a plant related to ginger and is the herb that gives curry its brassy golden color. A turmeric compound was found in one animal trial to be almost as potent as cortisone in treating acute inflammation.

See the link below for a daily supplement that Includes not only ginger and turmeric, but many other herbs that have been shown to relieve RA pain.

You could use ginger and turmeric in cooking, but it would mean consuming a LOT of both herbs on a daily basis, which isn't very practical for most of us. Instead there's a good supplement that not only includes both of the above along with other anti-inflammatory herbs specific to RA needs.

This supplement also includes Resveratrol, a chemical compound found in certain plants. Plants naturally produce it as an antibiotic substance to fight both bacteria and fungi. Plants containing resveratrol include the grapes and skins of grapes that produce wine, raspberries, mulberries, blueberries and cranberries.

Resveratrol can also be found in peanuts, certain pine trees and in Japanese knotweed. Knotweed is a plant native to many parts of Asia and is thought to have anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties. Dr Weil recommends a particular supplement called Zyflamendwhich is available at the link below. It combines ginger and turmeric with other anti-inflammatory herbs and gives good results to sufferers of RA. It can be purchased in many forms, including a liquid which is easy to add to shakes or smoothies, making it easy to enhance your

You could use ginger and turmeric in cooking, but it would mean consuming a LOT of both herbs on a daily basis, which isn't very practical for most of us. Instead there's a good supplement that not only includes both of the above along with other anti-inflammatory herbs specific to adapting a rheumatoid arthritis diet.

This supplement also includes Resveratrol, a chemical compound found in certain plants. Plants naturally produce it as an antibiotic substance to fight both bacteria and fungi. Plants containing resveratrol include the grapes and skins of grapes that produce wine, raspberries, mulberries, blueberries and cranberries.

Resveratrol can also be found in peanuts, certain pine trees and in Japanese knotweed. Knotweed is a plant native to many parts of Asia and is thought to have anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties.

Zyflamend Includes Herbs Beneficial to RA

Pineapples and Rheumatoid Arthritis

RA fatigue and pain relief from pineapple due to Bromelain.

Besides being a healthy fruit, pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain that has some remarkable properties. Perhaps the most significant property of Bromelain for RA is it's ability to reduce inflammation, pain, swelling and speed healing from injuries.

Pineapples contain properties so beneficial for RA that some supplements for rheumatoid arthritis are made with a pineapple juice base.

Avocados & Relief from RA Fatigue & Pain

Avocados promote cartilage repair for people with RA fatigue and pain.

Among the Mayan Indians of the Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala who regularly consume ripe avocado pears, Dr John Heinerman, a medical anthropologist, reports he has not found ONE single case of rheumatoid arthritis!

The same is true of various native North West Amazon tribes who live in areas where wild avocados grow in abundance. "Only when they give up avocados and start eating a Westernized diet do they start suffering from the disease." (J Heinerman, Encyclopedia of Healing Juices, Parker Publishing, 1994).

Avocados are very high in fat, and that's one reason they've earned the nickname "butter pear." A medium-sized avocado contains 30 grams of fat, as much as a quarter-pound burger! That's why diet experts have long urged Americans to go easy on avocados in favor of less fatty fruits and vegetables.

However, now nutritionists are thinking twice since they are finding that most of the fat in an avocado is mono-unsaturated, meaning they contain the "good" kind of fat that actually lowers cholesterol levels. They contain antioxidant monounsaturated oils, essential fatty acids and Vitamin E and avocados can promote cartilage repair in arthritis. Rich in potassium, vitamins B and E as well as high in fiber, avocados may help protect against lung cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

Blueberries and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants.

Blueberries contain more antioxidants than ANY other fruit! When scientists analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability, blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals.

Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse, packed with antioxidant phytonutrients, blueberries neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that can lead to many serious diseases.

Relief from RA Fatigue and Pain with Bananas

Bananas are loaded with potassium & fiber - helps reduce cramping muscles and RA fatigue.

Bananas are a super food that provides hundreds of health benefits! Bananas are one of the most potassium-rich foods available (2nd only to avocados) and contain a rare combination of energy value, tissue-building elements, vitamins and minerals, fiber and other essential nutrients. Potassium is an an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since bananas help to neutralize acidity, they are also a great way to get rid of heartburn and have long been recognized for their antacid effects.

A normal intake of potassium suppresses calcium excretion in the urine and minimizes the risk of kidney stones. High in natural fiber and tissue-buidling elements, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Potassium is also essential for helping muscles to contract properly and reduces cramping up.

Last but NOT least, bananas are an immunity booster! Bananas contain 25 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin B6, necessary for producing antibodies and red blood cells as well as aiding in the metabolism of fat. So the vitamin B6 serves as an immunity booster. So, this fruit strengthens your armor against infectious diseases.

UP the Antioxidants to Fight RA

Can't Get Too Many Antioxidants

Antioxidant Levels In Fruits And Vegetables per 100 grams or about 3 1/2 ounces:

Kale - 11770 * Spinach - 11260 * Prunes - 5570 * Raisins - 2830

Blueberries - 2400 * Blackberries - 2036 * Brussel Sprouts - 1980

Alfalfa Sprouts - 1930 * Broccoli Flowers - 1890 * Beets - 1840

Red Bell Peppers - 1710 * Strawberries - 1540 * Onion - 1450 * Corn - 1400

Eggplant - 1390 * Raspberries - 1220 * Plums - 949 * Oranges - 750 *

Red Grapes - 739 * Cherries - 670 * Kiwi Fruit - 602 * Pink Grapefruit - 483

EASY Nutritious Drinks & Smoothies

No Hassle Quick Tips

  • Keep dry shake ingredients and liquid herbs in one place, like in a cabinet just above the blender if possible.
  • When you buy fresh fruit, consider freezing small portions so they can't spoil. Use small ziplok bags for each portion - just the right size.
  • Buy bags of organic frozen fruit rather than fresh so you always have some on hand.
  • Whenever possible, use organic fruit and fruit juices.
  • Experiment with various mixtures and flavors til you find a liquid nutrition flavor you love. Sweeten with honey or Stevia rather than sugar.

Pineapple Banana Smoothie Recipe

Pineapple Banana Smoothie Recipe

Pineapple Banana Smoothie Recipe

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Very tasty AND good for you, this smoothie is a personal favorite.

Start with sugar free pineapple juice, then add your favorite berries.

Fresh organic fruit is always best, but frozen organic fruits are good too. I buy them at Trader Joe's and always keep an assortment in my freezer.

Stevia is a natural sweetener that's safe to use if needed, and can be found in both liquid and powder form. Taste your smoothie first. The fruit juices already contain natural sweet flavors.

All yogurt is not the same either, since some brands are loaded with unhealthy sugars, Look for sugar free yogurt. The Greek yogurt brand is a good one.


Chocolate Cherry Shake Recipe

  • 1 scoop Chocolate Shake Mix
  • 1 tbsp. organic peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 scoop Greens
  • 2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 3-4 organically grown mint leaves
  • ½ cup organic fresh or frozen cherries

Blend and Enjoy!

Simple RA Remedy with ACV

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Mix

Get some organic apple cider vinegar (Braggs is a good brand). Also get your hands on some honey, honey. REAL raw honey! This is important because the honey sold in most grocery stores is NOT the same. Best to get it direct from a bee keeper or else raw honey from a health food store. The two ingredients mixed together are said to have great results for arthritis and joint pain, just a couple of tablespoons daily.

Experiment with ways of doing this til you find one you like, maybe mix with hot tea or in a smoothie.

"Conventional medicine often addresses joint and bone health by leaning heavily on problematic drugs, including steroids and bisphosphonates. Find healthier solutions."

— Dr. Andrew Weil

Startling Statistics about Arthritis

Did YOU know?

*Arthritis is more common in adults than cancer, heart disease, respiratory conditions and spinal cord trauma as far as having a serious impact on quality of life.

*Over 8 million Americans are identified as having Arthritis with Canada reporting 4 million. If you consider that Arthritis includes up to a hundred different conditions within its category, the numbers add up quickly, making arthritis pain relief frequently sought. Osteoarthritis is the most common form in adults and often the most recognized. Juvenile Arthritis strikes even children in diapers therefore it is not just a disease of the old but also affects the youngest of our population.

* Arthritis is the leading cause of physical disability. Our economy suffers an $81 billion loss annually from the health care costs related to arthritis and those seeking arthritis pain relief and from lost workdays due to arthritis. Visits to the doctor are doubled for those with arthritic conditions. Of the more than 40,000 hip and knee replacements done in Canada alone in 2000 and 2001, over 80% had arthritis related diagnosis.

See Source and Read More about Arthritis Here

Consider natural food sources for relief from arthritis before resorting to pharmaceuticals.

Food Allergies and Options for RA Sufferers

RA has been linked to food allergies. Even is you are not allergic, certain foods will affect people difference ways so you might have an intolerance to certain foods. Experiment with different combinations to find those that work well for you.

This article is not meant to treat your RA, nor to cure or diagnose. Check with your doctor before starting any new method or treatment. Even natural interventions can have interactions with meds, especially when taken in large doses.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Carolan Ross

Comments:

julieannbrady on May 02, 2014:

I hadn't thought of smoothies for arthritis relief -- I will have to give these a try to report back to you on my success.

TapIn2U on March 26, 2013:

The Berry Smoothie recipe sounds yum. Unbelievable how something so delicious can also be nutritious! I can't wait to try it. Thanks! Sundae ;-)

Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on January 16, 2013:

@jvsper63: Eating lots of fruit and veggies and taking quality supplements is bound to help you. It's hard to deal with docs who just want to prescribe more meds. In the end we just need to be our own best second opinion, and it sounds like you are doing just that. Keep doing your own research about RA and stay focused on nutritional remedies.

jvsper63 on January 15, 2013:

I was recently diagnosed with RA, the Doctor prescribed me plaquenil 3 months ago, i went back 3 weeks ago when he got more blood work back. Now he want me on mtx 7.5 weekly with the other medication.. I refuse to take mtx . I decided to try something else, i started to eat right fruits and veggies!! what a difference, i lost 15 pounds (almost) and i feel 90 percent better. Still on plaquenil to be safe Plus i am taking supplements also. I am bookmarking this lens:) Thank you for all this great information.

Nikki58 on November 23, 2012:

Always looking for good smoothie recipes. We recently started making at home as trying to eat healthier. Yes, I know you can buy at some fast food places now but just not quite the same as homemade in my opinion. Thanks for the great info.

Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on October 02, 2012:

@Astonished: This is great to hear and a similar approach, I think. The smoothies work for those who need to cram as much daily nutritional remedies as possible into one.

Astonished on October 02, 2012:

As an ex-sufferer of RA (yes, it CAN be beaten), I don't think smoothies had even been invented back then. Wish they had, some of yours look delicious! I beat RA in my early 30s with a change of diet and a big lifestyle change plus cider vinegar, honey and molasses, Margaret Hills style. It worked for me.

KarenCookieJar on June 09, 2012:

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis but I've never heard of drinking smoothies before to help with it! I'll have to try this.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on February 01, 2012:

Extremely good information! I love smoothies and your recipes sound delicious.

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on October 23, 2011:

Great article! I've been a proponent of letting our food be our medicine for some years now. The more I learn, the more I'm convinced that most of our illnesses can be healed by paying attention to our food. Bookmarking this one for sure! :)

Barbara_Allan on September 10, 2010:

I've very interested in effective arthritis treatment.Smoothies and nutritional drinks are a great treatment for RA, but if they aren't working for you it may be because you have a delayed food hypersensitivity to one or more of the ingredients. Tweaking your ingredient choices could make a big difference.

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