Friday, March 20, 2009

Natural Remedies for Gout

Grapes are one of many excellent natural remedies for gout. They are very effective at helping to lessen the severity of your gout symptoms. When mixed together with other great remedies, they have a cumulative effect and can help you either reduce the frequency of or actually help you get rid of gout in the long run.

Grapes have several ways they contribute in treating gout. These include quercitin, water, potassium, vitamin C, and anthocyanins. One of the ways grapes treat this disease is with quercitin. Quercitin is a very strong flavonoid. They help fix the main painful gout symptom, inflammation. Flavonoids are considered to be very effective at reducing swelling.
When too many uric acid crystals settle in your joints they cause irritation and inflammation. Quericitin helps fight this problem. This helpful flavonoid can be purchased as a supplement.

Grapes are useful for helping gout due to their high water content. Getting adequate amounts of water in your body helps your body to work more properly. This treats gout by enabling you to get rid of extra uric acid crystals which would otherwise settle in your joints causing you great pain.

Potassium is another way grapes are a great natural gout remedies. Potassium helps your kidneys to excrete uric acidmore easily. Grapes contain approximately 190mg of potassium a serving (100g). One serving will give you around 5% of your daily allowance so grapes alone will not give you enough potassium. Many other fruits such as cantaloupes and peaches contain potassium, so eating plenty of fruits will help you treat gout.

Grapes are able to assist in reducing or eliminating gout pain because they are filled with vitamin C. Grapes consist of approximately 20% of your daily needs for this potent vitamin. Vitamin C is very effective at fighting this arthritic condition. One study discovered taking Vitamin C during a 2 month period reduced uric acid levels by around 10 percent. They found vitamin C helps prevent purines from turning into uric acid. Being able to control your uric acid is very important because most gout patients are unable to keep their levels under control.

Anthocyanins are another reason grapes are great gout remedies. Anthocyanins are flavonoids and help control swelling. Does the color of the grape make a difference? Some would say yes. The higher the anthocyanins found in the grape, the more beneficial the grapes are in reducing swelling. Darker grapes would be better as they contain greater amounts of anthocyanins.

Grapes are not the only way to treating gout. However, they are a big part of treating it. Other fruits should be added to your dietary plan so you get a well balanced variety in your natural remedies for gout plan.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Herbal Remedies for Gout

Herbal Gout Remedies that Help Get Rid of Gout

There are quite a few excellent herbal remedies you can use to help you get rid of gout. The main factors we are looking at from herbs to help us with gout are herbs that reduce swelling, improve kidney function, and lower uric acid levels.

Herbal Remedies for Gout that Reduce Swelling

Celery seed is a very effective herbal gout treatment. It is an excellent choice because it works on several fronts to help get rid of this painful condition. First of all, it helps to reduce inflammation in your affected joint. Second, celery seed helps your kidneys excrete uric acid more efficiently and helps to alkalize your blood. This important herbal therapy helps you get rid of uric acid because it is a diuretic.

Because this potent herb is a diuretic, you need to make sure you are adequately hydrated. Water is extremely important in maintaining kidney health and function, so make sure you are drinking enough water or eating enough water dense foods.

Celery seed can either be taken as a spice in a food or as an extract. Do not eat the seeds by themselves as they are bitter and hard to ingest.

While celery seed is one of the best herbal remedies for gout, it should be used with **caution**. Although it is rare, there is a very small percentage of people who are allergic to celery. Celery seeds contain oils that can be highly lethal if you have that allergy. This condition is known as anaphylaxis and is similar to those who have allergies to peanuts. While it is unlikely you will have this problem, I feel it is important that you are aware of this potential problem. DO NOT use celery seed or it's extract if you are allergic to celery. It can be deadly!

While mostly men have gout, women can suffer from this painful disease, too. If you are one of these women and you are pregnant, do not use celery seed during your pregnancy. The seeds are able to stimulate the uterus, which raises the possibility of miscarriage or premature birth. If you do not have these two conditions, celery seed should be very helpful for you. It is recommended that you take 35-75mg per day and some naturopaths have suggested as much as 150mg.

Turmeric is another herb you can use to help you treat gout. This works because tumeric helps reduce inflammation. I have used turmeric with decent success. This herb is a member of the ginger family and has many medicinal properties. It has been seen in studies to reduce swelling and inhibit pain receptors, thus lowering your gout pain. The way this works is it is believed that turmeric acts on the adrenal glands. The adrenal gland then makes more cortisol which works on reducing the swelling.

Grape seed extract is an excellent overall herbal therapy and another of these herbal remedies for gout you can use to reduce swelling. It contains bioflavonols which are known to reduce swelling. Grape seed extract is considered safe as a dietary item and is used in Europe for many many diseases because of it's anti-inflammatory effects.

Bilberry is another anti-inflammatory herbal therapy you can use to help get rid of gout. It works because of the anthocyanins which help it reduce swelling in your joints. It can be used as an extract, tea, or dietary supplement. You should use with caution if you are a diabetic as it can lower your blood sugar.

All of these herbal remedies for gout should be used in conjunction with your physician. Especially if you are taking prescription medications. This is to avoid any possible interactions with medications.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Remedies for Gout Welcome

Welcome to my remedies for gout blog.

My family has had terrible trouble with gout in the past and this blog shares some of the remedies and treatments I've used to help my family get over this painful problem. Please join me as I show you how I was able to treat gout using natural remedies and therapies that anyone can use.


I am not a physician. These remedies for gout worked for my family. This does not mean they will work for you. Every one is different. For example, I know people that cherries do not work for, but most gout sufferers I know use cherries successfully.

This blog is meant as an information site, not a treatment plan. Consult your physician on any concerns you may have regarding you or your loved one's gout condition and treatment.