Recently, a friend of mine told me she is suffering from gout. She said almost every day when she gets up she has another bump on her finger. It is painful and ugly, she said. She does not want to go to her medical doctor because she knows they will just recommend a prescription of some sort.
I started looking up information on gout to see what she could do naturally to help her with this. According to the Medical Dictionary:
“Gout is a form of acute arthritis that causes severe pain and swelling in the joints. It most commonly affects the big toe, but may also affect the heel, ankle, hand, wrist or elbow. It affects the spine often enough to be a factor in back pain. Gout usually comes on suddenly, goes away after 5 to 10 days and can keep recurring. Gout is different from other forms of arthritis because it occurs when there are high levels of uric acid circulating in the blood, which can cause urate crystals to settle in the tissues of the joints.”
Sounds very painful, doesn’t it? My friend said it is very painful and when she tries to hold onto something, it really hurts. She knows gout is caused by a build up of uric acid. She went to her health food store and was told to drink cherry juice. In my research, I found that drinking cherry juice does seem to help but taking a cherry fruit extract supplement or eating cherries may be more beneficial for treating gout. Drinking cherry juice can add extra calories to your diet and if the cherry juice is sweetened, may add even more.
Another supplement I found that can really help to get rid of uric acid build up is Solaray’s Total Cleanse Uric Acid. This supplement contains several ingredients that I found seem to help with flushing uric acid out of your system. Vitamin C, Folate, Tart Cherry, Bromelain, Quercetin, Turmeric and Celery are all in the supplement and each is supposed to help with alleviating gout.
The biggest factor in avoiding and eliminating gout is to watch your diet and lose any excess weight (obesity is linked to gout). Limiting your intake of alcohol and purine-rich foods can help along with drinking plenty of water. Purine-rich foods are beef, pork, lamb, fatty fish and seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster and scallops). Cut back on saturated fat and avoid foods that contain high fructose corn syrup.