9 Natural Gout Remedies for Gout Relief and Prevention
On this page you’re going to discover 9 natural gout remedies to get rid of your gout at home and prevent its return, without medication, totally naturally.
First though, please take a minute to listen to Dr. Edwards on what gout is…
The 2 main takeaways from the video are…
1. Once having had gout, you have it for life.
2. But it can be managed successfully.
You see, there isn’t an actual cure for gout…
Instead, when diagnosed with gout, your doctor will normally prescribe medication (usually NSAIDs) to alleviate inflammation and pain and separate medication (such as Allopurinol) to help lower blood uric acid to try to prevent future episodes.
The problem is that the former just focuses on the symptoms while the latter can only manage your condition as long as it is being taken. Once stopped, your uric acid levels can rise again.
So the former cannot prevent gout and the latter has to be taken for the long term — in many cases for life.
This is particularly horrible for many sufferers as these drugs have some pretty nasty side effects.
And it’s so important to prevent recurring gout since, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, frequent gout episodes can lead to:-
- permanently damaged joints
- chronic joint infections
- kidney stones
- kidney disease
- heart disease
- increased risk of cardiovascular death
This is why gout victims are increasingly turning to natural home remedies for their gout.
Let’s look then at how, by utilising the benefits of natural gout remedies, you can get fast gout pain relief and, at the same time, prevent future gout attacks, with their potentially life-threatening health problems…
Natural Gout Remedies Overview
Some simple dietary and lifestyle adjustments, along with specific supplements, gout herbal treatment and other easily-available natural home remedies for gout, can eliminate the excruciating symptoms of your existing attack and prevent further flare-ups down the line.
In other words, natural gout remedies can do pretty much all that drugs can do for your gout, but without the expense and potential nasty side effects.
So, to get you started, here are 9 of the best natural gout remedies out there — snippets taken from the best selling Gout Remedy Report which I review here — that you can try at home.
First though, to better understand how these remedies can work, it’s worthwhile just going over the root cause of gout…
Gout is caused by high uric acid levels in the blood (a condition called ‘hyperuricemia’) and out of which microscopic needle-like crystals (monosodium urate) form in the joints and surrounding tissue. This gives rise to the classic symptoms of a gout attack; swelling, inflammation, redness, hot to touch, stiffness, and great pain.
O.K., with that in mind, let’s now take a look at those home remedies…
9 of the Best Natural Gout Remedies to Try Out at Home
1. Avoid Purine Rich Foods
Uric acid is a byproduct of the natural breakdown of ‘purines’ – chemical compounds found in all of the body’s cells.
Purines also exist in animals’ cells, and nearly all our foods at varying levels. So the more high-purine food eaten the more uric acid is produced.
Someone with gout is usually advised to move to a low-purine diet in order to reduce their uric acid levels.
This means avoiding high-purine foods such as organ meat, game, gravies, anchovies, herring, sardines, mackerel, shellfish, sweetbreads, and yeast. Even asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, mushrooms, and legumes, have moderately high purine levels.
2. Fluids / Water
This is perhaps the most important natural gout remedy because it’s more difficult for urate crystals to precipitate out of uric acid in a well-hydrated body.
And drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day helps your kidneys to flush-out excess uric acid more easily.
So, drinking sufficient fluids not only helps to excrete excess uric acid more efficiently, it also helps to prevent future gout flares.
Finally, drinking plenty of fluids helps to reduce the risk of painful kidney stones and kidney infections.
The American Dietetic Association recommends 2 to 4 liters of fluid per day, with at least half of that amount being water. But avoid alcohol because it dehydrates the body and is a well known trigger for gout.
3. Vitamin C
Studies around this particular gout home remedy have shown that vitamin C can increase urinary excretion of uric acid and therefore lower blood uric acid levels. One also found a link between higher intake of vitamin C and a lower gout risk.
So eat lots of vegetables and fruits, especially oranges, mandarins, etc. You can also get it in supplement form of course, but it’s preferable to get your vitamin C through fruit and vegetables, if you can, since they’re also more nutritious and contain important fiber and protective elements that supplements don’t.
However, suddenly taking large amounts of vitamin C can trigger a gout attack due to abrupt changes in uric acid levels. So talk to your doctor about the correct vitamin C levels for your particular case before implementing this natural remedy.
4. Cherries and Cherry Juice
Cherries / concentrated cherry juice can help to alleviate the inflammation and pain of a gout attack as well as reduce uric acid levels in the blood.
Research suggests that 20 cherries per day is much the same as taking one NSAID and that cherries, taken in combination with traditional uric-acid reducing drugs, can significantly help to reduce the risk of gout flares.
Cherries are rich in anthocyanins which are known to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In studies, whole cherries and concentrated cherry juice were found to be equally effective so, where you can’t get fresh cherries, concentrated cherry juice will do the job.
This is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, of all the natural gout remedies out there.
Buchu is a small dark green-leaved shrub that is native to the Cape region of South Africa. Its leaves have oil glands that release an aroma that’s similar to that of blackcurrants.
Buchu has been used to treat digestive problems, rheumatism, inflammation, kidney infections, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and gout, for 100s of years.
This herbal remedy, when taken as a tea for example, has been shown to aid in the dissolution of uric acid crystals and their excretion from the body.
Note: Buchu is a powerful diuretic that can deplete the body’s store of potassium. So anyone taking buchu should up their intake of potassium-rich foods. And it definitely shouldn’t be taken during pregnancy or nursing.
6. Devil’s Claw
Devil’s claw is another plant native to South Africa. Its root has been used in traditional medicine there for thousands of years.
As a natural medicine it found its way into Europe via the colonists, where it was used to treat digestive problems, inflammation, arthritis, lower back pain, general joint pain, and gout.
This is another herbal remedy which has natural uric acid reducing powers. And it contains chemicals that help to reduce inflammation.
Experts suggest taking 400 mg of devil’s claw extract three times a day until the symptoms disappear. Again, check the label.
Bromelain is an enzyme found only in pineapples. It was discovered in 1957 and subsequent studies have shown it to have natural inflammation-reducing powers.
For example, a 1995 German study found that it caused significant reductions in swelling, tenderness, and pain, in 59 test subjects. The study used bromelain in supplement form, the enzymes being extracted from pineapple stems.
Bromelain helps to improve blood circulation and tissue drainage around gouty joints by breaking down a blood-clotting protein called ‘fibrin.’ It also impedes the production of chemical compounds that cause swelling and pain.
The suggested dose during a gout flare is 500 mg every 3 hours until symptoms abate. For maintenance, reduce the dose to 500 mg twice a day between meals. Some experts suggest adding 500 mg of the flavonoid, quercetin, twice a day, to reduce blood uric acid levels. Quercetin is absorbed more efficiently when taken with bromelain
Hawthorn is a thorny shrub or tree native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia and North America. It’s related to the rose family.
It has been used in traditional medicine since ancient Greece times to treat such ailments as poor circulation, stress, sleep disorders, stomach ache, and kidney and bladder disorders, and gout.
It contains anti-inflammatory anthocyanocides so is great for helping to reduce inflammation around the affected joint.
In addition, hawthorn can help the body retain the protein and collagen that untreated gouty joints tends to lose. Collagen and protein are needed to help ease joint movement.
9. Hot and Cold Compresses
This physical remedy can be very effective: Applying alternating hot (3 minutes) then cold (30 seconds) compresses around the joint can provide natural pain relief.
Repeat until the water cools, then reheat as necessary.
You can also use a basin or large bowl, but be careful to test the water before immersion. And always finish on cold.
These 9 natural home remedies are just a very small fraction of the numerous natural gout remedies out there. And, since not every remedy will work the same for everybody — each case is different — you need to familiarize yourself with the others.
As Dr. Edwards advised: you need to educate yourself about your condition…and this includes those issues that can put you at a much higher risk of gout: diet, being overweight, excessive alcohol, medical conditions, medications, and any family history of arthritis / gout.
NOTE: WHATEVER YOU DO YOU MUST NOT IGNORE YOUR GOUT
I vividly remember how the pain kept me awake each night and prevented me getting around during the day and then the overwhelming relief I felt each time it went away. But then the frustration I felt every time it came back.
If you’re a victim of recurring gout, I know just how tempting it is to keep on taking the drugs or just struggling on and hoping against hope it goes away never to return.
Remember, recurring gout can cause serious health issues, including a HIGHER RISK OF DEATH, so it’s absolutely vital that you DO NOT IGNORE YOUR GOUT.
If this is your first gout attack, I know it can be extremely worrying. And no doubt you already know that once you’ve had one gout attack, even if you manage to fight it off using conventional methods, there’s a very high chance it’ll return.
But DO NOT PANIC. With the correct, preventative actions you can make sure it not only leaves you in peace now, but never comes back again.