Gout is a tricky type of inflammatory arthritis. More than 6 million Americans suffer with the pain and discomfort of gout due to the buildup of uric acid, which accumulates as crystals in the blood and joints (i.e., big toe, feet, wrists, ankles, knees and elbows). The symptoms of gout are quite agonizing as these crystals are spark, compared by patients to stabbing knives that irritate the joints and the body’s tissues in durations known as “flare ups” as the body sends out white blood cells in defense, causing more inflammation.
Gout flare ups are disabling and recurring in nature, often causing a person to miss work, social activities, and family obligations. However, the frequency and symptoms of gouty arthritis may be managed with certain natural medications and remedies, in addition to medications prescribed by your doctor:
1. Tart cherry juice
Cherry juice contains antioxidants, which are little allies in fighting and quelling the inflammation caused by gout. Cherries contain anthocyanin, which is the key to stopping flare-ups. A 2014 study on gout showed that consuming tart cherry juice is effective for reducing uric acid levels in the body, and preventing gout pain.
2. Reduce red meat consumption
Beef is not good for gout. Doctors will often recommend reducing or eliminating red and rich meats (i.e., liver, kidney and sweetbread) that are rich in purines because they contribute to high blood levels of uric acid.
3. Blueberries and strawberries
Dark hued berries of all kinds (i.e., blueberries, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, etc.) act as natural anti inflammatories for the body. These berries are also rich in other vitamins for healthy blood flow, which improves elimination of uric acid.
It is important to drink more water if you have gout or any type of inflammatory condition. Water flushes out the uric acid from the bloodstream, reducing the buildup, and cleaning the blood.
5. Avoid alcohol
Individuals who drink too much alcohol often experience excess uric acid levels in the body. Consumption of beer and liquor can cause also trigger a gout attack. However, studies show that wine doesn’t seem to have the same effects as beer and hard liquor.