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Natural Remedies: Gout

What is Gout?

Gout is caused by a build up of Uric Acid, usually in the joints. It is an extremely painful, but treatable form of Arthritis resulting from the body's inability to break down uric acid (purines), due to the inability to produce an enzyme puricase. As a result, the insoluble uric acid is not broken down and excreted, but builds up in the body and forms crystals that are shaped like needles which causes extreme pain. This usually happens in the big toe, but can happen in other places such as the fingers, wrist, mid foot. Acute pain, swelling and redness are symptoms and gout occurs more frequently in men that are of good socioeconomic status who eat a diet rich in meat or alcohol, in fact 90% of gout patients are males. Gout may be an indicator of kidney disease, and uric acid can cause kidney stones as well. Diagnosis can be hard, so in order to be sure, a small amount of fluid should be aspirated from the joint and checked under a microscope for uric acid crystals.

Is there a cure?

Well, symptoms can usually be controlled with either medications such as Allupurinol, or natural remedies and diet changes. In fact many people who do change their eating habits and add supplements to their diet are never bothered by Gout symptoms again. Stop eating red meat more than two to three times a week, and if you drink alcohol, decrease or eliminate it from your diet until your symptoms are gone.

Diet and supplements

Celery has been found by some to be as effective as medications in eliminating gout symptoms. You can either eat fresh celery three times a day or buy the powdered capsules if you do not like celery. Other important foods and supplements include Kyolic to help repair tissues and to help to restore the fatty acid balance in a person's body. B1 and B12 are important to help due to their anti-oxidant properties. Vitamin C, 3,000mg daily to help reduce serum uric acid levels and finally Alfalfa, 2,000,mg per day to also help reduce uric acid levels. 

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