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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.

Cherries and Gout

How Can Cherries Help You Eliminate Gout Pain?

There are several factors that are helpful in allowing cherries and gout pain relief.  Let’s discuss these as these delicious fruits are incredible for fighting this painful disease.

Quercitin.

Quercitin is a flavonol that helps eliminate gout pain by reducing swelling. It works by inhibiting the body from releasing and producing histamines. Histamines cause inflammation.  The extremes of histamine release are seen with people in severe allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis.  This is because the histamines did too good of a job and overwhelmed the person’s system.  You would not get enough quercitin to stop the histamines in a true allergic reaction, but seeing how gout is not a severe allergic reaction, we can use quercitin to help us reduce or eliminate gout pain in the long term.

I would suggest tart cherries over sweet cherries as Tart cherries contain higher levels than the sweet ones.
You can also take quercitin as a supplement, but do not do this if you are on antibiotics. Make sure you tell your physician if you are taking quercitin so you can avoid any unnecessary complications from antibiotics.

Anthocyanins

Anthocyanins are what cause the dark colors in cherries.  “Twenty cherries provide 25 milligrams of anthocyanins, which help to shut down the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation in the first place, so cherries can prevent and treat many kinds of pain,” says Muraleedharan Nair, the lead researcher on the cherry project at Michigan State University. The anthocyanins also may protect artery walls from the damage that leads to plaque build up and heart disease. In fact, the latest research shows that anthocyanins do a better job of protecting arteries than vitamins C and E.

–Wang, H. et al. 1999 Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory Activities of Anthocyanins and their Alglycon, Cyanid, from Tart Cherries. Journal of Natural Products 62(2): 294-296.

There are around 80-300mg of anthocyanins in darker cherries so try eating them more often than lighter types of cherries.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C also help cherries treat gout.  Cherries contain plenty of vitamin C.  Read about how vitamin C is one of the best natural treatments for gout and how it is essential to helping you get rid of gout. Cherries contain 7mg of vitamin C per serving.
Fiber

Cherries also contain fiber which is beneficial. Fiber helps you in your fight to lose weight which is a common factor with those who have gout symptoms. The average serving of cherries contains 2g of fiber. While this is not a huge amount ( recommended daily dose of fiber is 24g), it will get you started.

Conclusion

Cherries are excellent for helping to get rid of gout.  Whether they are reducing swelling or lowering uric acid levels, they are the complete package. If you gout and are not using cherries, start today.

Gout Pain Relief

Gout sufferers quite often question how they got gout, but another thing they should consider is what can I eat to give myself gout pain relief?  Here are 5 foods you can eat that will help you either get rid of or reduce your gout attacks.

1. Potatoes. Potatoes are helpful because they contain potassium. Potassium is noted for helping to liquify uric acid crystals. This helps the body to eliminate or excrete excess crystals out of your body. Excessive uric acid settles in your joints causing swelling and pain. One serving of potatoes contains approximately 10% of your recommended daily allowance of potassium.

2. Bananas. Bananas also contain potassium. This makes it very nice because they have multiple sources of getting rid of gout. It is recommended to have 3500mg a day. A serving of bananas provides you with almost 10% of the daily allowance. Bananas also contain vitamin C. This potent vitamin is noted for helping you reduce your overall uric acid levels when taken regularly.

3. Grapes. A serving of grapes provides 4% of the daily allowance of potassium. They also contain almost 20% of the daily allowance for vitamin C. Grapes are also beneficial because they consist mostly of water which will help you avoid dehydration. Dehydration can lead to a gout attack.

4. Pineapples. Pineapples contain almost all the major ingredients of these other great gout fighting foods. They contain potassium, vitamin c, and bromelain. One serving contains a small percentage of potassium (2%), however it also contains a large percentage of vitamin C (60%). Bromelain has been used to treat gout because it helps reduce swelling.

5. Cherries. Cherries are noted by many to be the best food to help you get rid of gout. They are loaded with multiple ways to help you reduce your pain and symptoms. Cherries have anthocyanins, the dark color that you see in the cherries skin that helps you reduce swelling in the inflamed joints. Cherries also have a lot of vitamin C, and they contain potassium.

Give these foods a try and you should at least see improvement in your gout pain relief.

Gout Symptoms-How to Know if You Have Gout

Gout Symptoms – 5 Ways to Tell If You Have Gout
By Tom Frascone

Are you suffering from terrible joint pain?

Would you like to know for certain whether or not you are having a gout attack?

If you are suffering from these 5 gout symptoms, chances are you are suffering from this painful disease.

1. Your pain began in the middle of the night. This arthritic problem often begins at night. When you are sleeping the synovial fluid responsible for cleaning your joints doesn’t flow enough to properly clear out the excess debris. This allows uric acid crystals to accumulate causing swelling leading to terrible pain. So ask yourself, did this pain come on suddenly in the middle of the night. If you were not suffering when you went to sleep, but woke up in pain, chances are you have gout.

2. You don’t remember injuring your affected joint. One of the problems with a new onset of this condition is thinking you have a sprained foot or ankle versus having gout. The most common place for pain is in the big toe. However, this is not always the case. Often attacks occur in the ankle and many have felt they sprained their ankle. After a couple weeks of getting worse and not better many realize they don’t remember injuring their ankle. So ask yourself if you remember injuring your ankle or foot. If the answer is no, you possibly have gout.

3. Your pain is getting worse. As mentioned in the last point, if your pain has not subsided over a few days, but is actually getting worse with increased swelling and redness, you could possibly have gout. When you suffer an injury the swelling will usually subside after a few days whereas gouty arthritis will continue to increase in intensity.

4. Your pain has spread to other joints. Sometimes gout will jump from one joint to another. You can have pain in your foot today and have it spread to your knees, elbow, wrists, and fingers. Sometimes it can feel like you have tendonitis, but in reality, it is gout.

5. Even the slightest pressure causes intense pain. For regular patients with this disease, it has been noted that even the slightest pressure from even a bed sheet can cause immense pain.

If you have these symptoms, what can you do?

Get a blood test to determine if your symptoms point to having gouty arthritis. Other arthritic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or pseudo gout can have similar symptoms. Blood tests can determine your base uric acid levels and enable a physician to properly diagnose you. Regardless of which disease you have, though, the treatments are often similar.

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Gout Cures

There are quite a few gout cures you can use to help you get rid of gout.  You can use either natural or modern methods of eliminating or alleviating this disease.  In my last post, I talked about what gout foods to avoid.

I would like to move on for a post and discuss some important things such as whether you wish to use natural cures for gout or modern methods.  By modern methods, I mean prescription medications such as allopurinol or colchicine or over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen, aleve, or motrin.

I prefer natural methods, but I have to admit, I have used aleve and ibuprofen to help get rid of painful attacks.  By natural gout cures I mean such foods as strawberries, which I am currently eating in the form of natural home made ice cream as I’m writing this post.  Other foods, especially fruits such as pineapples, cherries, blueberries, and oranges (they do contain plenty of vitamin C which is good for treating gout).

What do most of these foods have in common?  Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is excellent in the struggle against gout . You should make sure you get your daily allowance and if possible supplement the vitamin C if you need to.  Vitamin C helps reduce your uric acid which will help reduce the frequency or intensity of your attacks.

Many of these fruits have potassium and anthocyanins which have been shown to help with inflammation and potassium neutralizes uric acid levels so the kidneys can excrete them.  These are all factors you can use to help you determine what makes a good food to eat to help you with your gout cures.  Make these types of foods part of your effective fat loss diets & plans.  You should also consider these Slimming Pills that work and you will see results.

What is Gout?

Welcome to my gout blog.  I’m glad to have you visiting.

So, What is gout?  Gout is basically a form of painful arthritis caused by uric acid crystals buildup in your joints.  The most common pain is in the big toe.

Uric acid crystals can be caused by eating too many purine rich foods or by your kidneys being unable to process uric acid crystals properly.  This buildup settles in your joints causing swelling and you get gout pain.

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What Gout Foods to Avoid|Part 1

In my last post about what causes gout I talked about the factors that cause gout.

One of the factors was high purine foods.  What foods are considered to be high in purines and do you have to avoid all of them?

Each individual is different.  Some can eat some foods, some can’t eat any foods that have high purine content.  Ultimately, you will have to experiment.  I suggest in moderation.  I have found food over time that has caused gout that initially did not bother me.  However, I eat a lot of chicken which is high in purines.  I have never had a gout attack by eating chicken, however, I know people who have terrible attacks if they eat chicken so again, experiment.

One of the worst foods that can cause gout and you should avoid is beef.  Especially hamburger.  Lower quality hamburger is often made out of the leftovers of the animal such as organ meats.  Organ meats are especially noted to be high in purines so if you are going to have a hamburger, make sure it is not from organ meat and make sure it is high quality and lean.

Turkey,  well, happy thanksgiving!  Turkey is noted for being high in purines.  For me, if I eat a lot of leftovers I will usually get an attack, however, if I just eat moderately on thanksgiving, I usually have no problem.  Again, it is person specific.

The worst food for me personally unfortunately is venison.  Any game meat such as pheasant, grouse, rabbit, venison is considered high in purines.  Before I found out venison was bad for gout, I was given some by a friend and went to town because I was tired of eating chicken.  I was going to replace it with beef.  That was a big mistake.  It took me two weeks to figure out where my attack originated.  It took me two more weeks and a cortisone shot to get rid of my gout pain.  It was in my left wrist.

Next post, I will give you more foods to avoid so you can prevent gout attacks.

What Causes gout?

What causes gout?

Gout comes from having too much uric acid in the body.  This is medically called hyperuricemia.  The excessive uric acid crystallizes in the joints causing intense pain and swelling.  Usually this happens in the big toe, although it can happen in other joints including fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, and ankles.  Gout can also happen in the false joints of the feet.

High uric acid levels can be caused by either eating high levels of foods with purines or by the kidneys not being able to properly get rid of the uric acid crystals therefore increasing their levels.

Gout mostly occurs in men usually over the age of 30, although men in their 20′s have been known to get gout.  While it does happen in women it is fairly rare.

It used to be known as the disease of kings because in the middle ages most of those who were susceptible to gout were usually the well to do.  They were the only ones who could really afford to buy and eat high purine foods.  They just figured it was due to rich foods.  When they did get gout, they would unknowningly make their condition worse by drinking wine to ease the pain.  Alcohol actually makes the pain worse.

Foods that can cause gout are games foods such as venison and rabbit.  Also, beef is famous for causing gout.  Some high purine foods such as chicken are usually not cited as having caused gout except in certain people.

Most of the common attempts to get rid of gout include prescription medicines such as allopurinol.  Once an attack begins, most people take either Indomethacin or colchicine.

There are many home remedies you can use.  Some people use baking soda, some focus on fruits and vegetables high in vitamin c and potassium.  Most efforts focus on reducing swelling and foods that turn the uric acid crystals into liquid.

Stay tuned for more information.

Gout-Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my blog on gout.  This blog will be showing all the information I have found on gout and also any news I come across.  I have successfully overcome gout and rarely have an attack anymore.  This blog will help show you how you can lessen your frequency of attacks and how you can use treatments and remedies safely to get rid of this painful disease.

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