Gout– Natural Remedies

When I worked in home care, I met a family knowledgeable in alternative medicine and home remedies. This is what they used for gout flare-ups for the husband: Black cherry concentrate, Bromelian, Devil’s claw extract and marshmallow root. The husband also mentioned that he would go to Costco, buy a large carton of cherries, and just eat them throughout the day.

In gout the body has too much uric acid, and crystals are formed from this excess and deposited in the joints, causing inflammation and pain. Cherries are a well-known home remedy for gout. They decrease uric acid in the body and the anthocyanins from cherries are also anti-inflammatory. The herbs mentioned above also combat the inflammation from this condition.

When looking through the literature on gout and alternative remedies, I had trouble finding information on the herbs mentioned above. What I did end up finding is that a high intake of fructose increases risk. Fructose is typically found in honey, fruits and high fructose corn syrup. Purines (a component of proteins) should also be decreased, as the body metabolizes them into uric acid. Purines are typically found in high quantities in organ meats and seafood. High alcohol consumption, especially of beer, can trigger a gout episode. Vitamin C supplementation has been shown to decrease uric acid levels. Drink lots of water to flush out the uric acid from the body.

 

References

1. Choi H. K., Willett W., Curhan G. (2010) Fructose-Rich Beverages and Risk of Gout in Women. JAMA. 304(20): 2270-2278.

2. Dewan A. (2009) Paradigm shift in understanding the Indicators and challenges of dealing with Gout. The Internet Journal of Internal Medicine. 8(2)

3. Hayman S., Marcason W. (2009) Gout: Is a Purine-Restricted Diet Still Recommended? Journal of the American Dietetic Association 109(9): 1652 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jada.2009.07.022.

4. Kolasinski S. (2014) Food, Drink, and Herbs: Alternative Therapies and Gout. Current Rheumatology Reports 16: 409.

 

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