Low levels of inflammation in the body can adversely affect your organs and organ systems, and research is increasingly showing that it is an underlying cause of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems.
• Sour cherries are different from sweet cherries and have been studied for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some research shows that tart cherry juice concentrate, used in the cherry spritzer recipe below, can help muscles recover after exercise and improve sleep because it naturally contains melatonin, a sleep aid.
• The mango green tea freshener is equally thirst-quenching and aromatic. The base is chilled green tea with a dash of turmeric, a combination loaded with antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols that help prevent chronic diseases. In addition, tea has a calming effect, which is wonderful in quality in an alcohol-free cocktail. The mango puree adds vitamin C, fiber, and sweetness.
• The chia seeds in blueberry, lemon, and chia fresca are hydrophilic and absorb the liquid they contain to form a gel-like consistency that promotes gut health and stabilizes blood sugar. These tiny seeds are also a good source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. And while all fruits are nutritious, blueberries are notable for their high concentration of anthocyanins, compounds that fight inflammation. Studies have linked blueberry consumption to better heart health and cognitive function.