When thinking of anti-inflammatory fruits, bananas wouldn’t be at the top of your list, That’s because most people don’t know that bananas contain anti-inflammatory properties. By the end of this post though, you will learn how this anti-inflammatory banana smoothie can help you reduce your symptoms!
Anti-Inflammatory Banana Smoothie
When trying to reduce inflammation naturally, you want to start with your diet because we are what we eat. You want to look for foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, and fiber-rich foods.
You also want to limit your sugar and salt intake plus avoid foods that are high in fats like fast foods. Drinking at least 6 -8 glasses of water daily is important to flush out toxins that cause inflammation.
I found that walking for an hour at least 3 to 4 times per week can also help reduce inflammatory markers in the body. Now that we have that covered, here is your banana smoothie recipe.
Anti-Inflammatory Banana Smoothie Recipe
This delicious banana smoothie recipe yields 1 serving and takes 5 minutes to make!
Banana Smoothie Ingredients:
- 1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup of pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup of peaches (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1-inch fresh ginger root (grated)
- water | ice cubes | honey (optional)
How To Make Banana Smoothie For Inflammation
Throw in all of the ingredients above into a blender and blend until smooth. Add in more water, or ice cubes if the smoothie is too thick. You can garnish with a drizzle of organic honey but that’s completely optional.
Anti-Inflammatory Banana Smoothie Nutrition Facts
Each serving of this banana smoothie contains 293 calories, 3.5 grams of total fat, 0.2 grams of saturated fat, 144 mg sodium, 65.9 grams of carbs, 6.9 grams of dietary fiber, 44.2 grams of sugar, 4.1-gram protein, 100 mcg vitamin D, 31 mg calcium, 2 mg iron, and 804 mg potassium.
Are Bananas Anti-Inflammatory?
Yes, bananas are anti-inflammatory because they help increase anti-inflammatory cytokines in the body. Eating bananas regularly can also help increase healthy gut bacteria making it easier for the body to fight against inflammation.
How This Banana Smoothie Reduces Inflammation
So as I mentioned above, bananas contain a good amount of probiotics which are essential for gut health. So according to research, a healthy gut aids in proper nutrient absorption which helps the body get rid of inflammation naturally.
Pineapples are extremely helpful in reducing pain and swelling in the body due to an enzyme it contains called bromelain. As you know, pain and swelling are textbook symptoms of inflammation.
Similar to bananas, peaches also contain probiotics plus polyphenols, both compounds make peaches effective in fighting inflammation in the body.
Then we have almond milk which contains 50% of your daily recommended value of vitamin E per cup. Studies show that vitamin E significantly reduces C-reactive protein levels (inflammatory markers).
Lastly, we have turmeric and ginger, both of these spices contain powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant agents that help reduce inflammation and blood clots.
So you see, bananas can help you reduce inflammation and by combining it with other ingredients, you make it even more powerful! I hope you found this post helpful and if you did, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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