Give Inflammation a One-Two Punch, the Delicious Way

anti-inflammatory strawberry pineapple smoothie

Inflammation is really a mixed bag.

If you hurt yourself or develop an infection, inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself in order to allow sensitive tissues time to heal.  You trip over a broken sidewalk, put your hands out to catch yourself, land on your wrist and break it.  Immediately that amazing body of yours goes to work, puffing out around the broken bone to protect it from further injury.  Yay, body!

Sometimes, though, the immune system can go a little haywire and start attacking its own tissues.  So, still trying to be awesome and protective, the sweet little body will create inflammation anywhere one of these attacks takes place, which can wreak all kinds of havoc.

Of course, researchers have created lots and lots of drugs to combat chronic inflammation, but guess who beat them  to it?  Mother Nature!  Many foods have anti-inflammatory properties, but two of the yummiest are strawberries and pineapple.

Strawberries, like other berries, are high in antioxidants and Vitamin C.  More importantly, research has shown that eating strawberries regularly can reduce the levels of C-reactive proteins in the blood.  High levels of C-reactive proteins indicate chronic inflammation, so eating strawberries is a definite plus.

Tart, tangy and sweet pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelian, which has a long tradition in folk medicine.  History and studies suggest that bromelian may help relieve inflammation as well.

How can you lose, then, by combining these two juicy, delicious and nutrient-packed fruits into one creamy, chilly smoothie?

 

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