Alternative Cures for Gout

Natural Remedies for Gout

What is Gout?

Gout is distinguished by acute pain attacks, tenderness, and redness of an individual’s joints, frequently occurring in the joint of the big toe.

It is a type of arthritis that most frequently occurs in men but also occurs in women, particularly after menopause.

Gout can cause extremely sudden attacks of pain. Frequently occurring in the middle of the night, your toe can become so ultrasensitive that even a light bed sheet can trigger excruciating pain.

In the case of that treatments you are receiving for your gout are not as effective as you would like, there are some alternative remedies that might be of interest to you. Unfortunately, the list is not too robust and there is not a tremendous amount of scientific validation of the suggestions that we make below, these still might be useful to you.

 Since it is believed that gout occurs because of excessive buildup of uric acid, many of the alternative treatments are focused on reducing this acid in your body. 

Natural Gout Cures

  • Vitamin C: if you take vitamin C supplements, you may be able to decrease uric acid levels in your blood. Unfortunately, no research studies have yet proven any relationship between the vitamin C and gout. That is not to say that consuming vitamin C supplements will not have a positive effect. It maybe worth a try.
  • Coffee: this is an interesting inclusion because most of the time coffee is listed as something you should remove from your diet. In this case, because coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, is able to decrease your uric acid levels, you may want to consider including a cup of Joe into your daily routine. However, since there is no research really supporting the relationship between gout and coffee, it may be wise stay away from developing a caffeine dependence if you don’t drink it already.
  • Cherries: similar to the other items on this list, cherries have long been implicated in decreased levels of uric acid. Research has demonstrated this connection. So it may make sense for you to eat more cherries, take a cherry supplement, or even drink a cherry extract.

Summary

The above suggestions may have a positive effect on your experience of gout. Other pain management strategies could also be useful. Relaxation techniques and meditation are proven and effective ways to minimize the perception of pain. Make sure to consult with your physician prior to changing your diet to include any of the items we listed above.

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