Three potent anti-inflammatories join forces to foster pain relief and healing.

Pineapple has been used for centuries to reduce pain and inflammation. The science behind this is a mixture of enzymes called bromelain. Studies have shown that bromelain reduces swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center:

“Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in pineapples (Ananas comosus) that digest protein (proteolytic). Pineapple has been used for centuries in Central and South America to treat indigestion and reduce inflammation.

Bromelain, which is derived from the stem and juice of the pineapple, was first isolated from the pineapple plant in the late 1800s. The German Commission E approved bromelain to treat swelling and inflammation after surgery, particularly sinus surgery.

“Bromelain can be used to treat a number of conditions. But it is particularly effective in reducing inflammation from infection and injuries.”

Two more potent anti-inflammatories added to this tonic are ginger and turmeric, whose analgesic properties have been proven stronger than ibuprofen. If you train as hard as I do, this can come in handy!

To amplify the nutritious kick of those ingredients, let’s introduce celery into the mix. Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K. It is also a good source of folate, potassium, fiber, vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids).

pineapple-ginger-turmeric-tonic-smoothieSeriously folks, this tastes pretty damn good:

  • 2 cups ripe pineapple
  • 1 cup ripe mango
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 knob of ginger
  • ½ inch turmeric root (also add 1 tsp. black pepper, helps absorption)
  • 1 cup of coconut water (not from concentrate)
  • 1 tsp. fresh vanilla

*Add your favorite vanilla-flavored plant-based protein powder to make this a potent healing protein shake.