Pain Relief & Inflammation Fighting Pineapple Cherry Turmeric Smoothie

Pain Relief & Inflammation Fighting Pineapple Cherry Turmeric Smoothie

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had to deal with pain and inflammation in their body at one time or another. I have experienced numerous injuries over the years to my back, shoulders, and neck from years spent cooking professionally and I know from personal experience that the pain from these injuries has been very uncomfortable and at times almost unbearable!


Whether you have pain and inflammation from strenuous exercise, working on your job, arthritis pain, joint pain, migraine headaches, menstrual cramps, or pain from unexpected injuries, you want to get relief so you can start feeling better. Dealing with pain has a major impact on your entire life and can lead to depression and anxiety if the pain is long term and chronic.


Many people reach for pain pills like aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or prescription pain pills to relieve these symptoms temporarily but doing so can come with significant risks to your good health. Frequent use of pain pills can become addicting especially if used on a daily basis. Pain medication may also cause serious problems with your stomach, kidneys and liver.


Instead of reaching for that pain pill to get relief, why not try whole foods to help support your body’s own natural healing abilities instead? Healing foods offer significant benefits and can be a very effective way to deal with your pain and inflammation in a holistic way. Many of these powerful foods have properties that have been widely studied and proven effective against both pain and inflammation.


If you’ve never thought about using whole foods to help support your body, you’re in for a surprise! Not only do these foods help, they have the added bonus of tasting amazing! Today I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes for helping your body fight pain and inflammation. This smoothie really helps me when I exercise too strenuously or have injured myself. My recipe combines some of the most powerful pain and inflammation fighting foods into one yummy drink.


Pineapple, organic tart cherry juice concentrate, turmeric, ginger, spinach, vanilla, avocado, and hemp protein combine for a creamy drink that is good to have for breakfast or a snack during the day. Once you start drinking this delicious, creamy smoothie on a weekly basis and seeing how great you feel, you will never want to go back to just depending on pain medication ever again.



Pineapple is one of those tropical fruits that I like eating on a weekly basis. It’s sweet flavor and juicy texture is wonderful for enjoying on its own or in variety of different recipes. Pineapple has a special enzyme called bromelain which is a potent anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, and aid for better circulation. Bromelain also helps promote healthy digestion by breaking down protein. Pineapple is high in manganese and vitamin C which are two important nutrients that help protect the body from free radical damage and inflammation.


Hemp Protein and Spinach

Hemp protein and spinach provide important essential omega-3 fatty acids which are very important for reducing inflammation. These two foods are rich in many essential nutrients for helping with pain reduction and vibrant health including amino acids, antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, enzymes, and fiber.



Turmeric is a rhizome that is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, liver detoxifier, and pain reliever. The active ingredient curcumin’s absorption is greatly increased when combined with piperine a compound found in black pepper. That’s why I included a small amount of black pepper to this smoothie. You won’t detect the taste of the black pepper because of the fruit used in the smoothie.


Tart Cherry Juice

Tart cherries are a powerful food for helping reduce pain and inflammation naturally. Researchers have shown using tart cherry juice is ten times more effective then taking aspirin to reduce pain caused by inflammation, arthritis and gout without the side effects aspirin use can have on the stomach and kidneys.  Tart cherries are rich in antioxidants and two important flavonoids- isoqueritrin and queritrin.

According to leading researchers, queritrin is one of the most potent flavonoids available today. These flavonoids and antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals and toxins in the body. In this smoothie I used organic tart cherry juice in the concentrated form which is an extremely powerful source of these important nutrients. Here’s a brand that tastes great!



Ginger is a potassium-rich rhizome which is excellent for stimulating digestion and bile flow, relieving nausea, and protecting our bodies from inflammation.


I hope if you’re suffering with pain and chronic inflammation, you will get the ingredients and make this smoothie on a weekly basis so you can start to feel better! If you decide to make this smoothie on a daily basis please make sure you rotate your leafy greens daily and switch up the fruit occasionally. You can try oranges, berries, kale, romaine, watercress, red oak and green oak leaf, and bibb lettuce to add some variety to the smoothie. Just make sure to always include the turmeric, tart cherry juice, black pepper, hemp protein, and ginger in the smoothie for the best results.


Be sure to also try some of my other smoothie blends that help fight inflammation, pain and aging!


Anti-Inflammatory Orange Avocado Chia Smoothie

Click here for the recipe

Gut Healing Cherry Coconut Water Kefir Smoothie

Click here for the recipe

Anti-Aging Pineapple Banana Green Smoothie

Click here for the recipe

Anti-Aging Strawberry Energy Smoothie

Click here for the recipe


What do you use to relieve pain? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.


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Pain Relief & Inflammation Fighting Pineapple Cherry Turmeric Smoothie


Pain Relief & Inflammation Fighting Pineapple Cherry Turmeric Smoothie

Vegan, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free

Makes 2 servings

2 cups frozen pineapple cubes

2 cups organic spinach—washed well

1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder (my favorite brand)

2 tablespoons organic tart cherry juice concentrate (my favorite brand)

⅛ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

4 tablespoons organic hemp protein powder (my favorite brand)

3 cups spring or purified water

1 small avocado—peeled and seeded

Organic stevia powder—optional add to taste


1. Place all ingredients except stevia in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add stevia if you want the smoothie sweeter. Enjoy immediately.



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  1. Hi Shelley,
    what a power packed recipe!

    It is great to have something that combines all these natural ‘remedies’, which you described so well, in one yummy sounding smoothie.
    Since I am concerned about oxalic acid and also goitrogens, what could you replace the spinach with?
    Thank you so much for sharing this!
    To Health!
    Yorinda recently posted..It is All done for UsMy Profile

    • Yorinda, As long as you’re rotating your leafy greens on a daily basis you shouldn’t have to worry about oxalic acid and goitrogens unless you have specific health problems like thyroid problems which are impacted by eating foods with goitrogens or Primary Hyperoxaluria and Enteric Hyperoxaluria where you would need to restrict your dietary intake of oxalic acid. Also, if you have been treated for calcium-oxalate kidney stones, and at risk of them forming again, you should watch your intake of oxalate-containing foods. I recommend that you try romaine lettuce, red and green oak leaf lettuce, or bibb lettuce in place of the spinach if you have any of the above health conditions. These greens are rich in nutrients too!
      Shelley Alexander recently posted..Pain Relief & Inflammation Fighting Pineapple Cherry Turmeric SmoothieMy Profile

    • i am overweight and i am swelling in my feet and my legs and my ankles what kind of smoothie would work for this?

      • Cheryl this smoothie should help you feel better. I would also try some of my other green smoothies that you can find on my site. Blended drinks are easy to digest and will help you eat more whole foods with lots of health benefits! Please be sure to check with your doctor to find out what is causing the swelling in your feet, legs, and ankles. If you want more help with your diet, you can check out my one-on-one healing foods consultation program.
        Shelley Alexander recently posted..Nectarine Superfoods SmoothieMy Profile

  2. Great idea, Shelley,

    I know just the person I will share this with.. I look forward to hearing about her results.. Do you use this only for pain relief or just if you want on occasion?
    Holly recently posted..Who Is Steering Your Life? Are You Looking In The Rear View Mirror?My Profile

    • Thanks Holly, I use this smoothie for both pain relief and to reduce inflammation. Just make sure to tell your friend to rotate her leafy greens daily and switch up the fruit occasionally if making this smoothie on a daily basis. She can try oranges, berries, kale, romaine, watercress, red oak and green oak leaf, and bibb lettuce to add some variety to the smoothie. Just make sure she always includes the turmeric, tart cherry juice, black pepper, hemp protein, and ginger in the smoothie for the best results.
      Shelley Alexander recently posted..Pain Relief & Inflammation Fighting Pineapple Cherry Turmeric SmoothieMy Profile

  3. I love this smoothie, it’s got all the potent anti-inflammatory goodies in there!
    Thanks for sharing this smoothie at the Smoothie OTW Link-Up, I’ve also pinned it to a couple of my Pinterest boards :) Hope to see you at the link-up again in the future.

  4. This is what I shall do starting tomorrow and have planned on going to get the supplies. I face daily pain on a level that is only increasing as I age. I am willing to try anything within reason. I have all the above with much pain in my back.

    Due to long-term medical issues it is my last and most promising way to get the relief for my body to heal. I have bookmarked this page with the recipe and will return to make my first smoothie tomorrow.

    All is going to be well. Thank you so much with helpful things to try.
    William Amis recently posted..Preparing for the worse!My Profile

  5. Shelley

    It’s been too long since I visited you! This post came just in time. My husband suffers from bursitis in the knee often in the winter. It’s from an old sports injury. We were just talking the other day about anti-inflammatory and pain relief juices.

    And here it is….. How can I ever thank you!

    Donna Merrill recently posted..Get Rich Quick Is A LieMy Profile

  6. Awesome! Recently I discovered I have bursitis in one of my shoulders – the doctor said (with an I told you so grin on his face) it’s from years of schlepping heavy luggage and display cases in my role as a road warrior for the travel industry. I have always hated taking prescription medication but I will admit there are times when I can barely move my shoulder so I am going to be giving this a try asap. Thanks!
    marquita herald recently posted..Make America Recycles Day Every DayMy Profile

  7. Shelley,

    Amazing informative post about natural healing. It is amazing how much punch natural and raw fruits and vegetables have. I am a huge juicer and smoothie person (atleast one a day) and can vouch how different and amazing it makes me feel. Gets me back to homeostasis. I am for sure going to give this recipe a try!
    Kyle Nelson recently posted..The Time You Have In Jelly BeansMy Profile

  8. Sounds amazing, Shelley, and I bet it packs a punch to the taste buds! I love smoothies, because you can put in so many nutritious things that you would never eat on their own, yet when they’re blended in with the other ingredients, you don’t taste them.
    Willena Flewelling recently posted..Setting a New Goal!My Profile

  9. Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really
    appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thanks
    Rickey recently posted..depression symptomsMy Profile

  10. Are all your recipes good for someone with Stage 3 kidney disease? I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you

  11. The things we need and when it is needed vs wanted manifest just at the right time. It is not me nor you to question such a rhythm that is just natural.

    Shelley, I had to return to make sure this recipe was correct in my notes. With a broken leg and operation the inflammation is huge. I am going to add this with the regime the doctors have me on in rehab.

    Thank you for having such a caring heart with real time support.
    William Earl Amis, Jr. III recently posted..Order In ChaosMy Profile

  12. Shelly,
    I must say it publicly… your information is nothing less than fabulous.

    Your experience and love to support others to regain and maintain a great health level is priceless…

    From time to time I come to read what new you have to share for me to learn and for all your affectionate readers, customers and admirers (I am one of them haha :-).

    Today was just one of those days I thought I’d come and check it out since I made a mistake when buying organic salad… I bought two packages (the pre-washed mixed salad in a pack) and after switching back and forth from the shelf to decide what kind.. I ended up buying two of the same and it happen to be two Spinach packages haha :-)

    I like spinach (not much or often) but since I read that it is not very good for the gout condition, I usually get very little, and I tell you, two packages are way to much haha :-)

    So I had this idea to come here to your blog and find out what can I do to use it fast before the expiration date.

    I did not go any further than this article you have here because it inspired me to forget what I read before and eat the spinach cooked (I like them better cooked) AND add more abundantly the ingredients you suggested in this article for alleviating inflammation..

    I use most products above often but not daily… so now they will be consumed daily haha:-)

    THANKS so much once again Shelley for inspiring me to eat right, keep healthy habits and yes, stay healthy :-)

    By the way, I was going to write a short article about my basic diet and now I will complete it and will mention your name to let others know where I get some great inspirations to keep healthy.

    Thanks again
    nick catricala recently posted..Guilty as anyone can be…My Profile

    • Wow Nick, Your thoughtful comments mean so much to me! I’m truly grateful to have your support! I really work hard to provide information and create tasty recipes that will help everyone to get healthier using the power of healing foods and holistic lifestyle tips. I’m so glad that my blog posts have been helpful to you in your healing journey and I want to sincerely thank you for reading and sharing my posts with others!
      Shelley Alexander recently posted..Cherry Chia Raw Macaroon Cookies My Profile

  13. Awesome recipe! Would using frozen cherries instead of cherry juice work for this recipe?

  14. Dylan Godoy says:

    I love this content an want to apply these in my daily life thanks for sharing!

  15. This is great! I added ashwagandha powder, too. And instead of 3 cups water I used 1.5 cups water and 1.5 cups organic aloe vera. Perfect!

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