Pineapple – soothes your joint pain

September 23, 2008

That’s right. Pineapple – be it part of a cold, icy drink, a fruit salad, anything – contains an anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain. New research shows that bromelain soothes your cells by reducing the migration of white blood cells to sites of inflammation – like sunburned skin, injured muscles, and arthritic joints. So when you are in pain you know what to do. Go to the nearest store and grab a fresh, juicy pineapple, but first learn how to pick up a ripe one from your grandma!

If you’re not a pineapple fan, you can get bromelain straight from a supplement. It might even be the preferred method, since you don’t get tons of bromelain from fresh pineapple. Researchers recommend about 100 milligrams of bromelain a day for sore joints. Ask your doctor if this dose is safe for you.

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Watermelon and the heat

April 30, 2008

• Watermelon is not only great on a hot summer day; this delectable thirst-quencher is also beneficial for those suffering from conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.


• Sweet, juicy watermelon is actually packed with some of the most important antioxidants in nature. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A, notably through its concentration of betacarotene.

 

• Watermelon is also a very concentrated source of lycopene. Also found in olive oil, lycopene is also an antioxidant that helps ease inflammations that cause colds, joint pain and helps prevent cholesterol build up.

 

• For a great summer thirst-quencher, blend chunks of watermelon with a few ice cubes and a splash of lime juice. Serve with a fresh mint leaf.

 

• Because watermelon has higher water content and lower calorie content than other fruits (a whole cup of watermelon contains only 48 calories), it delivers more nutrients per calorie which is an outstanding health benefit.