Give Your Green Juice an Anti-Inflammatory Boost

November 10, 2020

Give Your Green Juice an Anti-Inflammatory Boost

Recipe Quick Facts

  • Green juice is an easy way to incorporate a sufficient greens into your diet. Adding a a liquid antioxidant like Liposomal Glutathione provides extra health benefits
  • Glutathione is the body's master antioxidant and promotes brain health, thyroid function, and male fertility
  • Anti-inflammatory green juice: Prep Time: 5 minutes; 1 serving

Inflammation must be one of the most complex and stubborn health issues that we can endure. It can be an issue on its own, or act as an underlying cause of numerous conditions. Either way, inflammation can be a persistent, complicated, and unpleasant state affecting pretty much every single aspect of our day. While each of the inflammatory or inflammation-induced conditions requires specific therapy, today we’re talking about natural ways to manage inflammation and reduce its symptoms.

Are you finding it hard to incorporate greens into your daily nutrition? Sometimes it’s challenging, especially when we’re short on time to prepare meals during the work week. Even more so when you don’t always enjoy the taste. You’re not alone.

In fact, let me tell you a quick story. Kale may be a superfood that cafe menus put at the front row and center of their offerings, but how many people like the taste? I have to admit, I’m not one of them. Determined to change that, I once attempted a 30-day challenge of incorporating kale into my diet by preparing overly-complicated, yet designer-looking recipes on Pinterest. Most of them involved frying it in excessive amounts of olive oil and hiding the taste further with strong cheese. But the experiment wasn’t a total failure. Why? Because it turns out the best way to get your kale is to blend it up into a smoothie and hide the taste with a creamy, ripe banana. Take-away: I now consume kale almost every day. So get yourself a good blender, then brag about how much kale you eat to all your friends.

Back to the topic at hand, green juice is really the most convenient & quickest way of ensuring that you’re getting your daily dose of greens, while also including any supplements you want to add into the mix for even more health benefits. And since we’re on the topic of inflammation, it is only appropriate to enrich our green juice recipe with the body’s master antioxidant - Liposomal Glutathione.

Why Add Liposomal Glutathione?

Referring to glutathione as the master antioxidant isn’t just a catch phrase. Glutathione is a tripeptide found naturally in the cells of the human body. One of its main roles is precisely to protect cellular integrity. Glutathione is also very important when it comes to managing oxidative stress from environmental toxins, processed foods, free radicals and mercury. Glutathione, the powerful antioxidant that it is, removes mercury from all cells, including the brain - preserving brain health and cognitive functions.

According to a study on glutathione pathways in the brain, glutathione is the main factor in cellular detoxification of brain cells, and it has both intracellular and extracellular functions in the brain. Besides promoting overall cognitive health, glutathione has been found to aid in protection against numerous neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer’s, as discussed in a book by A. Moustapha.

In order for the thyroid gland to function properly and maintain the balance of its hormones, it requires a sufficient dose of selenium. When there isn’t enough selenium for the thyroid to utilize, hormonal imbalance and conditions such as Hashimoto’s develop. While you may think that the obvious solution to this problem is selenium supplementation, doing this has been shown to cause numerous gut issues, as well as other adverse effects. As opposed to selenium, glutathione supplementation has little to no side effects, and it is quite efficient when it comes to thyroid health due to its effect on oxidative stress. Because glutathione is naturally available in the body, it represents a natural coping mechanism when it comes to dealing with free radicals.

Male fertility may not be one of the most freely discussed topics, but it certainly deserves all the attention it can get. Aside from its main and most prominent role of inhibiting oxidative stress, glutathione has also been found to enhance sperm motility & metabolism, promoting overall sperm quality, according to a study conducted by A. Lenzi and colleagues.

The main mutual benefit of the master antioxidant glutathione and green juice is the much-needed natural detoxifying effect. As you already know, leafy greens are alkalizing vegetables, which means they’re providing the body with the needed antioxidants and phytonutrients for a natural detoxification process. On the other hand, glutathione is a key factor when it comes to detoxing the body, and it has been found to exert toxins by at least 4 different mechanisms.

Finally, given its potent antioxidant and detoxifying activity, it’s no wonder glutathione has recognized anti-inflammatory characteristics. According to an article by B. Popa M.D., glutathione largely influences the inflammatory response by instructing the white cells responsible for our immunity. The article also states that by regaining the balance in our glutathione levels, we can also reduce chronic inflammation and promote immunity.

Now let’s prepare this anti-inflammatory glutathione-enriched green juice packed with health benefits!

Anti-Inflammatory Green Juice

Ingredients:

Preparation time: 5 minutes; Servings: 1

Directions:

Prepare your veggies and fruits by washing them thoroughly and cutting them up in sizes that easily fit into your blender. Blend all the ingredients until you get a smoothie-like texture. In case the mixture is too thick, add a little bit of water. Once you’re done blending the juice, add a tablespoon of glutathione.

Note: It’s important to add the glutathione after mixing as the blender can damage the delicate liposomes.

Try starting your day with this green juice for an extra energy kick and an immunity boost in the morning!

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Article References:

  1. Pizzorno J. (2014). Glutathione!. Integrative medicine (Encinitas, Calif.), 13(1), 8–12.
  2. Dringen, R., & Hirrlinger, J. (2003). Glutathione pathways in the brain. Biological chemistry, 384(4), 505–516. https://doi.org/10.1515/BC.2003.059
  3. Moustapha, A. (2020). Neurodegenerative Diseases: Potential Effect of Glutathione. Glutathione System and Oxidative Stress in Health and Disease. https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.92240
  4. Does Glutathione Help Thyroid Health? Taking a Closer Look at the Possibilities of Supplementation. (2019, February 28). Retrieved October 21, 2020, from Foundational Medicine Review website: https://www.foundationalmedicinereview.com/blog/does-glutathione-help-thyroid-health-taking-a-closer-look-at-the-possibilities-of-supplementation/
  5. A. Lenzi, F. Lombardo, L. Gandini, F. Culasso & F. Dondero (1992) Glutathione
  6. Therapy for Male Infertility, Archives of Andrology, 29:1, 65-68, DOI: 10.3109/01485019208987710
  7. How to Detox Your Body? Alkalizing Green Leafy Vegetables. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2020, from Ora Organic website: https://shop.ora.organic/blogs/news/how-to-detox-your-body-green-leafy-vegetables
  8. M.D, B. P. (2019, October 2). Glutathione: 14 Benefits of the Master Antioxidant [Plus Diet and Supplements]. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from Core Med Science website: https://coremedscience.com/blogs/wellness/glutathione-3a-14-benefits-of-the-master-antioxidant-plus-diet-26-supplements#:~:text=Glutathione%20(GSH)%20controls%20when%20inflammation




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