Juices that reduce inflammation

Posted by | December 04, 2017 | LENS, Nutrition, Pregnancy Health | No Comments

A babyQ mom recently wrote:

I am 15 weeks pregnant. Is it safe to drink the Nopalea cactus juice drink to reduce inflammation?

This is an important question because recent scientific literature shows a link between reducing inflammation and a healthier pregnancy. Looking into the Nopalea Cactus Juice on the company website the company provides scientific literature that supports their claims of reducing inflammation. However, almost all fruits, fruit juices, and vegetables reduce inflammation. Plus it is usually less expensive to buy seasonal fruits on sale. Right now citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are in season from Florida and California, so orange juice and grapefruit juice are inexpensive compared to berries and apples and I suspect cactus juice. The citrus is fresh and loaded with antioxidants that reduce inflammation. So that is a good food choice. The citrus season in the United Sates is November through March.

Pure grape juice and pineapples are also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help lower inflammation. Pineapples are also naturally low in pesticides. By all means consider a cactus juice supplement as just a small part of a healthy diet. Make it just one thing you include. Make sure you eat a diet with lots of different fruits and vegetables. Buy what is in season and therefore fresh and less expensive. When you try to balance cost and health, my two top juice recommendations are pure grape juice (not grape juice cocktail that has added corn syrup) and orange juice.

Dr. Mark Gostine

About Dr. Mark Gostine

A physician for more than 30 years. He is a proud father of four and a grandfather of two. The announcement of his daughter Emily’s first pregnancy and the joy of his first grandchild, were major turning points in his life. They became the inspiration for babyQ. From then on, he wanted to dedicate his clinical knowledge and energy to helping young women have healthier pregnancies and better babies. Voted one of the best 100 doctors in his field in America, Dr. Gostine is a practitioner of nutrition who creates health education modules for his patients. He, along with Dr. of my children,” he says. “My hope is that young mothers and fathers everywhere will give their children the best start because it is so much better to prevent disease early than treat it later.” Dr. Gostine, a native of Michigan, received his medical degree from Wayne State University College of Medicine in Detroit, and is Board Certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. He completed his undergraduate studies and his medical residency in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, followed by a pain management fellowship at the Kansas City Consortium in Missouri. Currently President of Michigan Pain Consultants and Founder of ProCare Systems, he is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.