This anti inflammatory smoothie recipe combines super foods like cherries and flaxseed with tasty and nutritious strawberries and pineapple for an inflammation-fighting and delicious smoothie! And with little to no prep, this pineapple cherry smoothie makes a great anti-inflammatory breakfast or snack.
Why Should We Be Concerned With Inflammation?
Inflammation is not always a bad thing. Our bodies use inflammation to help fight against infection and disease. It helps our injuries heal faster, and alerts us to new threats in the body.
But while it’s job is to help fight infection and disease, chronic inflammation can actually CAUSE disease.
But don’t fret. There have been quite a few studies that suggest that the foods that we put into our bodies may have a direct affect on our levels of inflammation!
What Are Some Anti Inflammatory Foods?
Apart from the foods in this recipe, there are a wide variety of anti-inflammatory foods that you can try to include in your diet. Here are just a few and their health benefits:
*Please not that I am not a doctor or dietitian, so please consult with your doctor with any dietary concerns, and before changing your diet.
Does Dairy Cause Inflammation?
A new systemic review suggests that dairy and proteins found in milk do not cause inflammation, and in some cases, even combat inflammation.
They found that the available literature suggests that dairy products and dairy proteins have neutral to beneficial effects on biomarkers of inflammation. Additional clinical studies designed using inflammatory biomarkers as the primary outcome are needed to fully elucidate the effects of dairy intake on inflammation. Read more on The Effects of Dairy Product and Dairy Protein Intake on Inflammation: A Systematic Review of the Literature here.
How Do These Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Ingredients Help With Inflammation?
|If you google ‘foods that can help prevent gout attacks’, tart cherries are pretty much the number one food recommended for an anti-inflammatory diet. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that attacks the joints and causes severe joint pain. Cherries have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, hypouricemic effects, and the ability to downregulate NFkB-mediated osteoclastogenesis. Read Is there a role for cherries in the management of gout? here.
|Two tablespoons of flax seed meal contains more than 140% daily value of the inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids. They are also high in fiber and lignans. Lignans have antioxidant properties, and have been considered to potentially lower the risk of some cancers and chronic diseases. Read how Consumption of flaxseed, a rich source of lignans, is associated with reduced breast cancer risk here.
|Pineapple is a great way to get a lot of vitamin C for your immune system! Pineapple also contains Bromelain, a protein digesting enzyme. Studies demonstrate that bromelain exhibits various fibrinolytic, antiedematous, antithrombotic, and anti-inflammatory activities. In laymen’s terms, pineapple helps to fight blood clots, edema and inflammation! It has even been shown to help relieve inflammation associated with arthritis and possesses some anticancerous activities! Read about Properties and Therapeutic Application of Bromelain: A Review here.
|A study was done on the effects of consuming strawberries with diagnosed osteoarthritis. After consuming strawberries every day for an extended period of time, interleukin, a biomarker of inflammation and cartilage degradation, was significantly decreased, demonstrating improvements in arthritis associated inflammation! Read how Strawberries Improve Pain and Inflammation in Obese Adults with Radiographic Evidence of Knee Osteoarthritis here.
How To Make This Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe
Okay, enough of the scientific jargon!
Just toss it all in a high-speed blender and blend away!
Make sure to cut off the strawberry tops first, and if you are using fresh cherries, they need to be pitted (I know, such a tedious task). To save myself time, and the risk of ingredients going bad, I used frozen pineapple chunks and frozen cherries!
Frequently Asked Questions
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Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup pineapple frozen or fresh
- 1 cup strawberries frozen or fresh
- 3/4 cup tart cherries frozen or fresh
- 1/3 cup flaxseed meal (see notes)
- 1 cup milk or dairy free milk
- 1/4 cup tart cherry juice (if you do not have this, it's okay to omit)
- 1/2 cup water
- If you need to prepare the fruits, do so. Cut the stems off of the strawberries, and make sure the cherries are pitted, if using fresh.
- Place everything in a blender, and blend for 60 seconds! NOTE: If all of your fruits are fresh and NOT frozen, you may want to add a few ice cubes to the blender.
- Pour it into a glass, pop a straw in, and enjoy!
- If you only have flaxseeds, and not flaxseed meal, just place the flaxseeds in a food processor and process before adding to the blender!