Powerful Pineapple & Pomegranate

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Inflammation and arthritis busting juice tonic
Inflammation and arthritis busting juice tonic

I really look forward to this time of year, not only because the weather improves but everyone seems just that little bit happier, the leafs are on the trees, everything’s in flower and that can only mean one thing….. Stacks of cheap fruit.

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If you’re anything like me, you’re not satisfied with the normal everyday fruits! Apples and Oranges are truly fabulous fruits, plentiful all year round and great for bulking out your juices when other fruits and vegetables aren’t available but there’s something mysterious about fruits that only appear at certain times of the year.

The Pomegranate is a great example and I couldn’t resist when I first saw them down at my local grocers the other day, sat next to the Pineapples just waiting to be juiced.

One of the things People say to me when I tell them I juice Pomegranate is that they find them difficult to peel, well it just so happens I’ve made you a little video so you can see how to get at the succulent seeds yourselves. Scroll down a little way for the video or click here to see it on Youtube along with the rest of our videos

As tasty as it gets

I have to say, I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like the taste of Pineapple or Pineapple juice for that matter.

This outrageous looking fruit is now widely available all year round in the UK and it’s cheap too, especially in summer. During the summer months it’s possible to buy huge pineapples that literally provide enough fruit for 2 large glasses of juice and the cost? Around 50p. You can’t get a better juice yield than that from any fruit.

These fabulous fruits are packed with vitamins and enzymes that not only help control your Rheumatoid arthritis but help to support the immune system and promote overall health

Anyway, back to the juicing!

As I promised a little earlier, here’s the video of me removing the seeds from a Pomegranate, it takes about 1 minute and doesn’t require anything more advanced than a knife and a colander.

Powerful Pineapple & Pomegranate Juice

So lets get down to the business of making this Powerful Arthritis fighting juice!

You are going to need the following produce to make enough juice for 2 people

1 Large Pineapple

2 large Pomegranates

As you can see, we are using the Angel juicer today but you can use any juicer that you like and the only other things you will need are a chopping board, a colander and of course a large knife.

Preparation

Firstly you will need to remove the seeds from the Pomegranates, you can see how to to this in the video above

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Cutting a pineapple

Next take the Pineapple and cut off the base and the top.

Remove the rough outer skin from around the pineapple by cutting from top to bottom, removing just enough of the skin so you don’t see the dark indentations on the yellow fruit.

once the outer skin is removed you can cut down either side and then along the edges, just leaving a 1 inch square piece in the centre that contains the core of the Pineapple. Do not discard the core, your going to juice that too.

Juicing your produce

We are going to start by juicing some of the Pineapple, the thing with Pineapple is it’s a very fleshy fruit and tends to clog the juice screen. A simple way of preventing this is to add some tougher produce to the mix when you feel that the juicer is getting clogged, in this case the Pomegranate seeds act as the perfect companion not only to the tasty juice but also to flush out the Pineapple from the juice screen.

Follow the guide below on when to alternate the fruits and you shouldn’t have any problems with a blocked juice screen or the foam from the Pineapple coming back out of the top of the juicers feed chute.

  • Add 3 to 4 pieces of Pineapple
  • Add half of the Pomegranate
  • Add the core of the Pineapple
  • Add the rest of the Pineapple
  • Add the last of the Pomegranate seeds

As you can see in the video below, the Angel juicer does a fantastic job of demolishing these fruits. The ball of pulp that’s left at the end is just incredible, virtually dry! Whoever would of thought that such a large mass of fruit could be reduced to something not much bigger than a golf ball.

The results

So what’s it taste like????? Absolutely Delicious!

I have to say, out of all the juices we make, I think this is one of my favourites, it’s not too sweet and the Pomegranate balances it out nicely with it’s tart, acidic flavour.

If your looking for a juice that isn’t too difficult to make but has a good range of nutrients and a full range of antioxidants then look no further, it also happens to be extremely tasty.

The health benefits

Pomegranate extract has been known to reduce the incidence and severity of collagen-induced arthritis, in studies performed on Mice. The application of this research has seen positive results in lowering levels of disease activity in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

An eight patient pilot study conducted by researchers in Israel has shown the following results in patients that took Pomegranate extract over a 12 week period

  • Reduced the composite Disease Activity Index (DAS28) of arthritis by 17 percent
  • Reduced the tender joint count by 62 percent
  • Significantly reduced serum oxidative status, indicating a reduction in the inflammatory response

The authors of the 2011 study concluded:

 “Dietary supplementation with pomegranates may be a useful complementary strategy to attenuate clinical symptoms in RA patients.”

You can view the study here

A further study carried out in 2013 and available to view here  looked into the benefits of using Pomegranate extract to attenuate bone loss in major musculoskeletal diseases including RA the report goes on to conclude:

All the studies reported positive effects of pomegranate extract or juice on osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

 

Pomegranate and it’s powerful antioxidants

Taking Pomegranate juice has wider implications for joint and heart health, the main reason for this optimism is the fact that Pomegranate juice has been shown to have particularly high levels of antioxidants.

The antioxidants found in Pomegranate are so potent that when Pomegranate juice was compared to 10 other Poly-phenol rich drinks including Concorde grape, Acai berry and Blueberry juice, Pomegranate came out on top! The most potent and healthful of them all was in fact the juice of the Pomegranate, to put it into context the juice was so potent that it beat it’s nearest rival by a massive 20%.

Pomegranate juice contains almost every type of antioxidant including punicalagins and punicalins which account for around half of the Pomegranates antioxidant qualities

You can see the study here

Pineapple and it’s healthy Enzymes

Pineapple, as you have probably heard is a fantastic source of a much heralded Enzyme called Bromelain.

Bromalaine and Arthritis

Bromelain has long been vaunted for it’s anti inflammatory properties, something every RA suffer knows is key to controlling and putting into remission Rheumatoid arthritis.

A recent study, that can be viewed here looked into the effects of combining Devils claw, Turmeric and bromelain concluded the following observation in patients with Osteo arthritis

The improvement of joint pain was clinically relevant in patients treated with AINAT for both acute and chronic OA pain. Considering its excellent tolerance profile, the tested complex of 3 plant extracts with antiinflammatory properties may be a valuable and safe alternative to NSAIDs in patients suffering from degenerative joint diseases.

Bromelaine and cancer

Bromelain has recently come under the spotlight for it’s ability to potentially fight cancer, bromelain contains chemicals that interfere with the growth of tumor cells and slow down blood clotting. Clinical studies have been conducted and one in particular showed that human breast cancer cells exposed to bromelain exhibited a growth slowdown followed by a break down in structure before dying off completely

The study is available here

Bromelain and Asthma

Bromelain has been shown to improve the lot of patients who suffer from Asthma by reducing airway inflammation, the study which you can read here concludes as follows:

The results suggest that bromelain has a therapeutic effect in established AAD, which may translate into an effective adjunctive therapy in patients with similar conditions, such as allergic asthma

 

Conclusion

With all of the potential health benefits on offer from this fruity health tonic, can you afford not to try it?

Peter Tate

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