Anti-Inflammatory Raspberry Smoothie

I love raspberries, there’s just something about the way they look and smell. I especially love adding a handful to a glass of cold water on a hot summer day! Oh, and they are extremely healthy too! Here’s an anti-inflammatory raspberry smoothie recipe I think you’ll like.

So obviously you’re experiencing some sort of pain that’s why you’re reading this, trust me, I know the feeling. You see a few years back, I was diagnosed with rheumatism and went searching for all the natural remedies and recipes online.

You see, I hate taking pills and was even more against them when my doctor told me that the rheumatism meds could affect my liver. He told me that I had to get my liver enzymes checked every 2 months while on the pills.

That scared me and made me decide on going the natural route which was home remedies, herbs, and recipes. After losing some weight, drinking enough water daily, and eating the right foods, I get a lot fewer flare-ups lately.

Anti-Inflammatory Raspberry Smoothie

Anti-Inflammatory Raspberry Smoothie

Raspberries contain 4 main antioxidants that help with inflammation, they are anthocyanins, vitamin C, ellagitannins, and quercetin. 

All of these antioxidants help reduce oxidative stress and free radicals which makes them perfect for those fighting off inflammation.

Adding fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries to your smoothies is a great way to get some of these amazing antioxidants naturally. More on the benefits of this healthy raspberry smoothie below…

Anti-Inflammatory Raspberry Smoothie Recipe

This raspberry smoothie for inflammation takes 5 minutes to make if you have a juicer but requires 15 minutes without one & yields 1 serving.

Raspberry Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 red beet (washed and chopped into cubes)
  • 1/2 apple (cored and chopped) 
  • 1/2 banana (ripe, fresh, or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (fresh)
  • a pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of coconut water (fresh)

How To Make Raspberry Smoothie 

The hardest part of this recipe is to juice the beets, if you have a juicer, it’s the easiest route but if you don’t, go ahead and boil the beets until soft. Now add it to the rest of your ingredients in a high-speed blender.

Blend until smooth and drink it right away to get all of its amazing nutrients. Note: you can substitute the coconut water for regular water if you don’t have some available. 

Raspberry Smoothie For Inflammation Nutrition Facts

Each serving of this smoothie contains 225 calories,1.7g total fat, 0.6g saturated fat, 290mg sodium, 52.9g total carbs, 15.7g dietary fiber, 31.1g total sugars, 4.7g protein, 112mg calcium, 12% iron, & 1147mg potassium.

Raspberry Smoothie Benefits

Raspberry

Okay so first off, raspberry is a superfruit because it contains a ton of minerals and vitamins like manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and antioxidants. 

Adding them to your smoothies can help increase your energy level due to their high potassium content and reduce inflammation due to omega-3 fatty acids.

Raspberries also help help the body metabolize glucose and carbs better due to manganese so it’s definitely worth adding to your diet daily.

As I also mentioned above, they contain a handful of antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.

Beets

Beets and beetroot juice are extremely effective when it comes to reducing inflammation if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis due to nitrates.

Nitrates are an amazing compound found in beets that help remove harmful toxins from the blood. Beets are also very effective in increasing blood flow and circulation which is required when you have inflammation.

Apples & Bananas

Apples are great for reducing inflammation by cutting down C-reactive protein levels which is an inflammation marker. They also help reduce high cholesterol levels making them worth adding to your smoothies.

Bananas have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties which help reduce inflammatory cytokines in the body.

Lemon Juice & Cinnamon

Lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C which is a very powerful antioxidant. They also contain a good amount of flavonoids which have been shown to lower inflammation in the body. That said, make sure you remove it from the recipe if you suffer from GERD or acid reflux.

Cinnamon contains an anti-inflammatory compound called cinnamaldehyde which helps reduce inflammation symptoms.

Coconut Water

Lastly, we have some very refreshing tropical coconut water just make sure you use real organic coconut water to get all of its amazing benefits. So coconut water contains a good amount of electrolytes but it also contains antioxidants that help combat free radicals and inflammation.

Who Should Not Drink This Raspberry Smoothie

So drinking raspberry smoothies or eating them daily in moderate amounts is healthy and usually won’t cause you any harm. That said, make sure to wash your raspberries very well because they are known to hold on to bacteria.

Something else worth noting is that some people are allergic to raspberries so if you begin to have an allergic reaction after drinking raspberry smoothies, go to the nearest pharmacy and get an allergy shot.

Lastly, raspberries are rich in potassium so if you are on potassium supplements, have kidney problems, or suffer from diabetes or heart problems, it’s better to reduce your raspberry intake.

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Conclusion

Now you know how healthy raspberry is and why you should start adding it to your smoothies. If you liked this anti-inflammatory raspberry smoothie recipe, don’t forget to save it for later.

You can also find me on Pinterest for more awesome tips and recipes.

Anti-Inflammatory Raspberry Smoothie

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