Here’s something interesting which I’ve just started to try. Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables (with herbs and spices) to relieve joint and back pain.
Turns out nutritional science has found compounds in certain fresh fruits and veggies that actually reduce joint and muscle pain. For instance, a couple recent studies just reported that when runners drank 2 10-oz glasses of tart cherry juice per day for 1 week before a race, they reported 67% less pain following exercise than runners who did not drink the cherry juice.
The benefits of drinking fresh juice and smoothies doesn’t stop with pain relief! I’m shocked at all the benefits of juices and smoothies – nutrients you can’t get in even the best supplements, disease prevention and even treatment, getting all your daily servings of fresh fruits and veggies in one glass, and much more! So join me in trying this out and let me know if it brings you any relief.
Fresh juice from organic fruits and vegetables won’t reverse the aging process, but will delay the effects of some of the worst degenerative diseases, and help promote longevity – the next best thing to the fountain of youth!
In one glass, you’re consuming essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes and herbs – every ingredient researchers say is necessary to slow the aging process and promote a vibrant life.
Fruits and vegetables also contain marvelous compounds known as antioxidants which neutralize free radicals in your system. They are responsible for not only a host of degenerative diseases and weight gain, but also the process of aging.
As you age, your body isn’t as efficient at processing the nutrients you eat. Dietary supplements are helpful, but many essential nutrients are found in fresh food.
You absorb even more nutrients in liquid form than if you just ate the produce.
Here are the major anti-aging nutrients and the fruits and vegetables with the highest concentrations of these ingredients. I end this article with several of my favorite anti-aging juice recipes.
Vitamin C – reduces your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by raising HDL or good cholesterol, and reducing bad cholesterol or LDL. Some researchers are convinced that vitamin C reduces the incidence of Parkinson’s disease. Studies also confirm that it plays a powerful role in preventing cataracts, lowering blood pressure, and preventing many types of cancer.
Carotenoids – include carotenes found in yellow and orange vegetables, and zanthophylls found in green leafy vegetables. They strengthen your immune system, and play a key role in the prevention of heart disease, stroke, and even some types of cancer. Also certain vision problems can be avoided through the consumption of this marvelous nutrient, including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – plays a key role in metabolism, converting the food into energy.
Choline – the star of the B family of vitamins when it comes to anti-aging by preventing premature mental aging.
Vitamin K – prevents bone-related disorders such as osteoporosis. Research shows that it’s now an important factor in preventing the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Selenium – protects your body from problems in the immune system and plays a role in preventing certain cancers.
Ginkgo Biloba – stimulates blood circulation to the brain and extremities, and plays a key role in preventing nerve damage from toxic chemicals.
Fruits and Vegetables to Relieve Back & Joint Pain
Every fruit and vegetable contains important nutrients, but the following contain the highest concentration of anti-aging, joint pain, and back stiffness nutrients.
Apples – an apple a day keeps the doctor away and old age! Apples support your immune system, reduce your risk of various cancers, and delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Blueberries – reverses age-related brain decline and restores your body’s antioxidant level.
Broccoli – a vegetable superstar which lowers your risk of specific cancers, helps your heart, and protects you from damage caused by diabetes.
Butternut Squash – delays the appearance of wrinkles while helping to boost your heart health.
Green Cabbage – keeps a host of degenerative diseases at bay and helps to lower your risk of developing high blood pressure.
Pineapple – contains a substance called bromelain, an enzyme that helps to reduce the effects of arthritis, decrease asthma, and improve digestion.
Strawberries – lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and helps delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and various types of cancer.
Sweet Potato – reduces your risk of developing certain cancers and stroke.
Tomatoes – contains lycopene which may help to lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and certain cancers including esophageal, stomach, colorectal, lung, and pancreatic cancer.
Watermelon – helps reduce your risk of developing certain cancers.
My favorite Anti-Aging and pain-Relieving Juice Recipes
Here are a few of the juicing recipes I’m currently exploring. Use these as a starting point for your own recipes.
Forever Young Juice
- 1/2 pint blackberries
- 1/2 pint raspberries
- 1/4 lemon, peeled
- 1/4 inch slice ginger root
- 1 thumb of wheatgrass
- 4 carrots, peel only 50% (most nutrients are in the peel!)
- 2 broccoli spears
- 1 clove garlic
- ¼ inch slice ginger root
- 2 romaine lettuce leaves