Red Blossom Smoothie for Healthy Joints

by S. Roy

Diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet can help you maintain your bone and joints health along with a healthy weight. Fruits are not only rich source of vitamins and minerals, but also contain important constituents which can help ease some of the joint pain and discomfort. They help in improving joint flexibility and mobility by assisting in reducing inflammation.
Oranges and Strawberries are abundant source of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, plays an important role in maintaining your joint health. Research has proven that the other nutrients like Beta-cryptoxanthin plays active role for skin and bone health as well as immune function1. In the body it can be converted to an active form of vitamin A. Beta-cryptoxanthin is contained in yellow or orange fruits and vegetables like oranges, apricots and papayas etc.

Researchers from the University of California-Davis and the Illinois Institute of Technology have shown that consuming strawberries declines inflammatory markers which were accompanied by significant increases in pelargonidin sulfate and pelargonidin-3-O-glucoside, two compounds found in strawberries. Strawberries are an important source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, including anthocyanins like cyanidins and perlargonidins; flavonols like catechins, epicatechins and quercetin; hydroxyl-benzoic acids like ellagic acid, salicylic acid; and resveratrol.

Start your morning with orange and strawberry smoothie and know more exciting recipes from recipe book of Lanconone.

Red Blossom Smoothie
- Servings: 2
- Preparation time: 5 minutes

- 1 cup calcium fortified orange juice
- Half a cup silken tofu
- 16 ounces frozen strawberries
- A pinch of cinnamon powder ( optional )
- Ice (about 1 cup crushed )
- Honey (As per taste)

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender
2. Serve in a tall glass
3. Enjoy!

Azri's reply

Fantastic recipe Roy! Thank you for sharing it with us. To all those who are a little confused by all the terms that were used - don't worry. He is simply showing that fruits, especially strawberries have a lot of vitamins and minerals which are essential to human health. Research has shown that strawberries are one of the fruits with the most number of vitamins. This is probably why it is considered to be a slightly more expensive type of fruit.

However, it is delicious, and the shake here looks mouth-watering. I've not tried it yet (at the time of this writing), but I certainly will be getting down to it really soon!

Once again, thank you Roy for sharing so much information with everyone on Exercise For Beginners.

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