Gout is unbelievably intensely painful and, in the beginning, creeps up on you. I had begun to suspect that I had gout and asked the doctor to test me for it. The tests came back negative so I was told. However, almost a year later the discomfort in my feet became increasingly painful and ended up in a full blown gout attack. I started taking allopurinol which would clear it up, but then another attack and the cycles became more frequent, painful and and longer lasting. The doctor put me on colchicine and I started coughing up blood and my bladder kept leaking. I asked for a much weaker dosage of allopurinol 100 mg. And this seems to help by taking it most of the time. What also helps is taking a parasite cleanse.
Gout drugs like allopurinol and colchicine work by decreasing crystal formation, lowering your uric acid levels, or blocking your body’s natural inflammatory response. They also have very dangerous long-term effects, and since gout can be a lifelong condition, following conventional advice and taking these drugs for a very long time can potentially wreak havoc on your wellbeing. I had my gallbladder removed many years before this and I believe that this is another cause for gout.
The good news is that there are natural anti-inflammatory remedies that can help alleviate gout symptoms. Among these is cayenne cream, also known as capsaicin cream. Derived from dried hot peppers, it alleviates pain by depleting your body’s supply of substance P, a chemical found in nerve cells, which transmits pain signals to your brain.
Here are other holistic pain relief alternatives that are highly recommended:
Boswellia (boswellin or “Indian frankincense”). It contains active anti-inflammatory ingredients that may reduce pain.
Krill oil. Animals studies found that its EPA and DHA omega-3 fats have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce joint inflammation and promote joint lubrication.
Bromelain. This natural anti-inflammatory is found in fresh pineapples, but can also be taken in supplement form
Cetyl myristoleate oil (CMO). Found in dairy butter and fish, this acts as a joint lubricant and anti-inflammatory topical CMO to relieve ganglion cysts and a mild annoying carpal tunnel syndrome that pains many whenever they use a non-ergonomic keyboard.
Evening primrose, black currant, and borage oils. They contain gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that is useful for arthritic pain.
Ginger. It’s a natural immune system booster with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. You can eat it fresh or steep it to make delicious ginger tea. I like it even better when mixed with fresh turmeric for an even more delicious tea. YuMMM
These are wonderful natural remedies with anti-inflammatory properties that are ideal not only for gout, but also for chronic pain and other types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
I have heard that having chronically elevated blood sugar levels is the REAL underlying problem that causes the inflammation associated with gout, as well as the subsequent damage it inflicts on your body, specifically your joints. Even if you reduce your consumption of high-purine foods, you will still experience gout symptoms if you continue to ingest HFCS, which is mostly found in processed foods.
A study conducted by US and Canadian researchers found that consuming HFCS-containing soda is strongly associated with an increased risk of developing gout. They found that men who consumed two or more sodas per day had an 85 percent higher risk of gout than those who drank less than one a month. The risk also significantly increased in men who consumed five to six servings of soft drinks a week. Fruit juices and high-fructose fruits like oranges and apples also increased the risk.
But how does fructose specifically affect your uric acid levels?
Apparently, fructose inhibits the excretion of uric acid, causing it to build up inside your body, which elevates your uric acid blood levels.
Uric acid is also a byproduct of fructose metabolism. Fructose is metabolized by your body differently from natural sugar, as it goes directly to your liver. When your liver metabolizes fructose, it produces numerous waste products and toxins, including a high amount of uric acid. In fact, fructose typically generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion!
Fructose has been linked to countless health problems and chronic diseases, including high cholesterol, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. Fructose also converts to fat more readily than other types of sugar, making it a major risk factor for both diabetes and obesity – which, as previously discussed, may cause gout.
Thus, eliminating all types of sugar, especially HFCS, should be a major focus of your gout diet. Other gout foods to avoid are grains, including whole wheat varieties, as these also convert to sugar in your body.
Sodas and other sweetened beverages, including fruit juices and “healthy” sports drinks, should be avoided at all costs as these can aggravate or cause gout. Remember, an average 12-ounce can of soda contains 40 grams of sugar, at least half of which is fructose. Make pure and clean water your beverage of choice, as it will help remove excess uric acid from your body. As a standard recommendation, keep your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day. However, for most people, such as those who are already at risk of gout and other diseases like diabetes, limiting fructose consumption to 15 grams or less is a recommended. This is because there are hidden sources of fructose in other foods that you may be eating.
Food manufacturers use HFCS because it’s cheaper, sweeter than table sugar, and easier to blend. Sugar, as well as added salt, can also stabilize food ingredients, extending the shelf life of foods. This is why many supermarket foods, and even processed meats, now contain high levels of fructose.
Fresh Cherries and Strawberries May Help Reduce Gout Attacks
It is wise to quit consuming high amounts of fruits, which contain sugar that may become toxic in excess. However, studies have shown that fresh, organic berries, particularly cherries and strawberries, may hold benefits for gout patients, as long as they are consumed in moderation.
A study found that among 600 gout sufferers, those who ate a half-cup serving of tart cherries per day (10 to 12 cherries) or consumed cherry extract had a 35 percent lower risk of a subsequent gout attack. Meanwhile, those who ate up to three servings in two days had a 50 percent reduced risk.
The same effect has been seen in berries, particularly in strawberries. Not only are strawberries a rich source of free radical-fighting antioxidants, but they also help your body eliminate uric acid.
If fresh berries are out of season, you can buy concentrated berry juice, but make sure to look for an organic, unpasteurized variety that is free of HFCS and other sugars. Cherry juice concentrate can have 55 to 60 tart cherries per ounce – this means you have to eat 55 to 60 cherries to get the same health benefits, and that is too much sugar! With a concentrate, you reap the benefits without the sugar. You can also go for organic frozen or canned tart cherries or strawberries.
Common gout symptoms
Severe pain in the joints of your ankles, hands, wrists, knees, and feet, especially your big toe. The affected areas may feel warm or hot
Nodules (tophi) in the elbows, hands, or ears
Red, tender, and swollen joints
Red or purplish skin (Many patients mistake this for an infection)
Less flexibility and limited movement in the affected joints
Acute gout symptoms usually go away within three to 10 days, and the next attack may not occur for months or even years, if at all. But, beware – if you fail to address this illness, you may be subjected to more gout attacks. The more gout flare-ups you experience, the more severely and intensely painful and longer they will become.