Anti-Inflammatory Green Ginger Turmeric Juice

January 25, 2013

This green ginger turmeric juice with ginger, cucumber, celery, lemon, and black pepper is a fantastic health elixir for inflammation and immunity.

Anti-Inflammatory Green Ginger Turmeric Juice

This green ginger turmeric juice with ginger, cucumber, celery, lemon, and black pepper from Young and Raw is a fantastic health elixir to combat inflammation and boost immunity.

The Health Benefits of Turmeric Juice

An anti-inflammatory rockstar in the ginger family, turmeric is getting more widely available in mainstream grocery stores. If you can’t find the root fresh, purchase the ground dried turmeric familiar as the yellow component of curries.

The curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects comparable to those of drugs like hydrocortisone, but lets us skip the toxicity. Curcumin can help relieve joint pain and swelling (it’s great for arthritis) and chest pain. Research in the use of curcumin in treating inflammatory bowel conditions like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis has shown it to be effective in very low doses, yet safe in much higher ones.

Always add a pinch of black pepper when using turmeric as the piperine in the pepper makes the curcumin in the turmeric more bio-available.

Turmeric boosts liver function, encourages detoxification, aids digestion, reduces gas and bloating, and boosts metabolism. It alleviates respiratory congestion, regulates blood pressure and cholesterol, and promotes heart health. Rich in vitamin C, fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, manganese, potassium, and iron, turmeric is a brilliant blood builder and immune booster. And in its spare time it helps promote deeper sleep.

The fresh stuff is wonderful in juices. If you can’t get it fresh, don’t go without—just use the powder.

A fantastic warming spice for winter, turmeric pairs well with citrus, pineapple, strawberries, peach, mango, bell pepper, tomato, carrot, and ginger. That flavor is fairly pronounced, though. Start with a 1/2 -inch section of unpeeled turmeric root, or 1/2 teaspoon of powder sprinkled on your prepared vegetables before you juice them.

Caution: Turmeric stains many surfaces, and can certainly stain juicers. So, as soon as you’ve juiced, clean your machine and reap your rewards of this mighty root.

The Health Benefits of Ginger Juice

Ginger is a brilliant health-promoting juice booster gives beautiful back-end kick to blends of all kinds. In one serving of juice, as little as a half-inch slice of washed, unpeeled root packs a powerful punch. We rely on ginger as a warming agent, to counteract the cooling effects of fruits and vegetables, and to promote healthy sweating, beneficial to the cleansing process and fantastic for battling colds and flu.

This sensational herb-and-spice is an overall anti-inflammatory agent that stimulates the lymphatic system, provides cardiovascular and respiratory support, aids digestion and tones the intestinal tract, and relieves gas, bloating, nausea and gastrointestinal distress. It helps make blood platelets less sticky, and reduces risk factors for atherosclerosis. Ginger’s powerful antioxidants and anti-tumor agents can also protect against free radicals.

There’s no need to peel ginger before juicing. Much of the nutrients are in the skin or just beneath. Scrub the root, lop off a piece, and juice away. In our experience, people either love ginger in a juice, or hate it. Starting slow’s a good way to go if you’re unsure which camp you’re in.

The Health Benefits of Cucumber Juice

This vege-fruit truly is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It’s right in there regulating body temperature and easing inflammation. A relative of squashes and melons, the cuke is a natural diuretic (due to that abundant water), aiding in cell hydration, waste removal, and dissolving kidney stones. Cucumber’s high silica content is great for the skin, and helps alleviate eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, and strengthen nails. The silica in cucumber also reduces the concentration of uric acid, which causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. A natural blood-pressure regulator, cucumber is high in vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and natural chlorine. To take advantage of the nutrients in the skins, we always use the less-bitter-skinned English/Dutch variety. Any cucumber, though, goes well in our recipes.

We add cucumber to many juice blends as a way of adding mineral-rich water that’s way more beneficial than the plain filtered stuff. Cucumber juice is chock-full of nutrients, yet barely alters flavor. Cucumbers are intensely alkalizing, and a half (or whole) cucumber worked into a batch of juice offsets the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and aids detox. Cucumber is our go-to base for sugar-free, alkaline juice blends, too. Make sure your cucumber is organic and hasn’t been embalmed in a coating of wax.

The Health Benefits of Celery Juice

Alkalizing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and loaded with nutrients: essential amino acids, tryptophan, vitamins A, B complex, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, iodine and copper, celery is also effective against respiratory conditions like bronchitis and asthma, and helps lower blood pressure. The organic sodium and potassium in celery make this juice a great post-workout refresher that helps replace electrolytes. It’s also a natural laxative and diuretic, supporting bowel and kidney health. Celery is a cooling vegetable, and we work it into our juices to take advantage of the rich mineral content and natural calming and sedative properties. We like it just as much, though, for its great flavor.

The natural salts are more abundant in the leaves, so when juicing celery, push the entire stalk (leaves and all) through the machine. That will yield a tangier, more savory juice. Celery makes a nice addition to almost any mix, especially juices made with leafy greens and other vegetables. As it sits, celery juice tends to get more assertive flavor-wise, so it’s best enjoyed right after it’s made. If you’re not using immediately, chill it, sealed up, but for no more than a few hours.

The Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

Lemon is the queen in the realm of cleansing. This highly alkalizing fruit is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improves liver function, relieves constipation, helps dissolve kidney and gall stones and kills certain intestinal parasites. The high levels of vitamin C helps boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as fight the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.

Lemons also provide ample calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. The flavonoids in limes have even been shown to halt abnormal cell division.

While lemons are cooling, this superstar can be balanced with warming foods like cayenne and fennel. I use lemons in lots of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits.

Remove the rind before juicing, as in substantial quantities it’s slightly toxic.

Turmeric Juice For Menstrual Cramps

In her original recipe post, Sheleana posted this juice as a remedy for sore joints and menstrual cramps, as well as a way to repair your muscles after a workout. I cannot recommend this juice more highly for this. I have used both the coconut water shots and the green juice mixture, and they are amazing. I don’t get menstrual cramps since I followed food combining and went alkaline, so I can’t personally attest to that. However, if Sheleana says it works, I believe her. Obviously, everybody is different. But, I say, give it a shot! It’s better than popping those toxic menstrual cramp tablets.

Other Turmeric Juice Recipes For You

Anti-Inflammatory Carrot Turmeric Juice
Pineapple Turmeric Juice Popsicles
Carrot, Sweet Potato, Turmeric Juice
Apple, Ginger, Parsnip Turmeric Juice
Watermelon, Grapefruit, Radish, Turmeric Juice

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Anti-Inflammatory Green Ginger Turmeric Juice

This green ginger turmeric juice with ginger, cucumber, celery, lemon, and black pepper is a fantastic health elixir for inflammation and immunity.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Tess Masters


  • 1 English cucumber
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh turmeric root (or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric)
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger root, plus more to taste
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper


  1. For the green juice, process all ingredients through your juicer. Enjoy strained or unstrained. 
  2. For a coconut water turmeric elixir: mix 1 oz of juiced turmeric root with 1 cup raw coconut water, and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. The coconut water acts a “carrier” delivering more nutrients to the cells, and the piperine in the pepper helps the curcumin in the turmeric to absorb better. 

Recipe Notes

Recipe from Young and Raw
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak
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Comments 28

  1. This is right up my alley. I usually stir ground turmeric into my juice, but this is a good idea, using staple juice ingredients I always use.

  2. This sounds so good, wish I could try it. Would you peel the cucumber first? Can you recommend a replacement for the lemon (non citric due to severe allergies?)

    1. No need to peel the cucumber. You could add a bit of apple to this blend. Alternatively, try doing the coconut water version.

  3. This sounds super yummy too. I loved being able to get fresh turmeric root when we were in New Mexico. I can’t find it here.

    1. You can find fresh tumeric root at most Asian supermarkets. Try calling around. You may also find it in an East Indian food mart. Well worth investigating.

    1. Please consult your doctor about that. I am not a health care professional and don’t know your personal situation. I would think it would be OK. But, there are always exceptions.

    1. Yes! You can absolutely make this in your Vitamix. Throw everything into your machine and add 1 cup of water (or more to get a blendable consistency) and then strain to get a “juice”. You may have to tweak the flavors as this has been formulated for a juicer.

    1. You could blend 2 cups coconut water with 1 cup coconut meat with 2 cups of frozen pineapple, 1 cup spinach, and 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric. Yum!

  4. I found some fresh turmeric, but when I cut in to it, it was white. Do you know if this has the same properties as the yellow-orange variety? Thanks!

    1. Yes, there is a white variety related to turmeric that is more like ginger. This white turmeric is great for detoxing the body and purifying the blood. I prefer the yellow turmeric root for the powerful anti-inflammatory support. But, this white variety does have health benefits, too.

  5. I usually juice with a lot of different vegetables if I put turmeric in with multiple veggies will it have the same effect as just putting it with certain veggies

    1. I add turmeric whenever I can for added anti-inflammatory power. It is more effective with certain foods. But, you can’t go wrong using it wherever you can.

  6. I’m not sure where you folks are from…I’m in the hudson valley in New York and I can buy fresh turmeric root at my shop rite.

    1. Yes, in NY, CA, CO etc turmeric is everywhere. But, in many parts of the world it’s still not widely available fresh. That will gradually change. I can’t wait!

    1. You can make juices in a blender. Just add water until you get a drinkable consistency, and as these recipes are designed for juicers, tweak flavors to taste. Some flavors will be more pungent than anticipated.

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