The Best Smoothies for Psoriatic Arthritisby Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Writer
Smoothies are all the rage due to their ability to jam-pack your meal with nutrients, while also tasting like a straight up dessert. They can be a total meal replacement for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or as a snack to refuel throughout the day. Adding in the right ingredients like an anti-inflammatory (read on for the deets) can pack a double punch: delish and soothes your psoriatic arthritis aches and flames.
Psoriatic Arthritis and Chronic Inflammation
One of the hallmark symptoms of psoriatic arthritis is chronic inflammation. Inflammation in our body is usually a normal biological process that helps us respond to injuries or irritation. However, when normal inflammation does not disappear and becomes chronic, this no longer benefits our body. The low-grade inflammation that often accompanies psoriatic arthritis can make your joints feel stiff and painful.
Fortunately, there are some foods that are known to combat inflammation naturally. Using these foods for healing is not a new idea, but recent science is allowing us to understand exactly how the substances in some foods work to make us feel better. The following foods are easy to find in your grocery store and make great additions to smoothies.
Turmeric is the Indian spice that gives curry its yellow flavor. It has a long history of being used to treat inflammatory conditions. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Research shows that curcumin may have potential in treating diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, certain types of cancer, and arthritis. Turmeric is easy to find in the spice section of your grocery and makes a great addition to a breakfast smoothie.
Ginger Turmeric Carrot Smoothie
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup carrot juice
- 1 frozen banana (peel before freezing)
- 1 teaspoon ground or grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground or grated turmeric
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 orange, peeled
Pineapple can not only transport our senses to the tropics, but it is also known to help with inflammation. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain and has been used to treat arthritis, soft tissue injuries, colon inflammation, chronic pain, and asthma. The natural sweetness of pineapple makes a great smoothie ingredient.
Tropical Surprise Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 of a frozen banana (peel before freezing)
Probiotics are live micro-organisms that are beneficial to our health. They have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects when they are included in our diet. The most popular probiotic food is yogurt made from the milk of cows, goats, or sheep. Yogurt can work to thicken smoothies and also add amazing flavor. The quality of yogurt can vary, so choose a high-quality yogurt with a minimal amount of added sugar.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 Tablespoon all natural peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon honey
Dark fruits, such as berries, contain compounds known as flavonoids. There are seven groups of flavonoids and one is called anthocyanidins. These are common plant pigments that give the red and blue colors to some fruits. They have been shown to work as an antioxidant, be heart protective, prevent cancer, and help with inflammation. Cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are all full of flavonoids and make a delicious smoothie.
Berry Blast Smoothie
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
- 1/3 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 dash lemon juice
- 1 dash lime juice