The other day I went over to my dad’s house and his foot was incredibly swollen. He told me it had been that way for the last couple days. He said his foot felt like it was on fire. Once again, he was having a gout attack. I’ve advised my dad on several occasions to watch what he ate as he regularly has bouts with gout. In the past, I’ve given him a list of foods to avoid with gout, but he just can’t seem to give up eating the foods he likes that are causing him trouble.
My dad told me he was finally tired of dealing with this pain and was ready to listen to my advice. See, I used to get attacks once to twice a month, but now I only have them about once or twice a year. So, it is possible to reduce the attacks you get to a manageable level.
So, what advice did I give him?
First of all, eat plenty of cherries. If cherries are not in season, then drink cherry juice. It doesn’t matter whether you drink or eat tart cherries, bing cherries, or montmoncery cherries, all types are beneficial to helping gout. Cherries and gout pain relief go hand in hand. The U.S. government even did a study which confirmed this in 2003. They experimented with bing cherries and found out they help reduce four of the more common inflammation markers in the body. This is essential because inflammation is what causes most of the pain during an attack.
Papaya was another fruit I advised my dad to start eating. While no specific studies have been done that I am aware of proving they help get rid of gout, they do contain the properties that help treat gout. Papaya contains more than a day’s value of vitamin C. Studies showed vitamin C reduced uric acid when taken on a regular basis by up to fifty percent! That is phenomenal. They also contain potassium, as does cherries. Potassium helps put uric acid in a form that your renal system can eliminate from the body more easily.
The last cure for gout I told my dad about was alfalfa. I use alfalfa supplements everyday and drink alfalfa tea from time to time. I find alfalfa works for me even better than cherries. It helps keep inflammation at bay and has been used for arthritis by proponents of alternative medicine for quite some time.
Whether my dad actually goes through with following my advice after his gout attack subsides remains to be seen. If you have chronic gout, I believe eating cherries, papaya, and taking alfalfa can help you reduce your attacks. It worked for me, and I believe it can work for you.