Because of their somewhat nasty side effects, many gout sufferers are turning away from drug-based medications, and, focusing on natural ways to eliminate their gout instead. And a short search on the Internet will throw up tons of natural remedies that people are using to beat their gout.
The thing is which ones are effective and which ones not? And, of course, what might work for some people might not always work for others. You’re best to just try them and see which works best for you. It’ll probably be a combination of two or more even.
The key is to bear in mind what brings about your gout attacks, and focus on dealing with that. For example, gout attacks and a condition known as ‘hyperuricemia’ are most often connected. This is a condition where you have high uric acid levels in your body.
These high levels then allow for the creation of uric acid crystals in your joints, tendons and surrounding tissue. These are needle-like when seen through a microscope. And you body’s natural inflammatory reaction towards the joint causes your symptoms of gout; redness, swelling, stiffness, heat, inflammation, and, let’s not forget, the agonizing pain!
So as a gout victim, you need to reduce inflammation, relieve the pain, and, lower your high uric acid levels. Then keep them there if possible. Maintaining lower uric acid levels is important in order to reduce the risk of recurring gout attacks which can eventually seriously damage your joints and even cause painful kidney stones.
You therefore need to find natural remedies that can do all three of the above. Here’s one of my favorite natural home remedies that did the trick for me:-
Cherries to Eliminate Gout Naturally
Studies have shown that, because of their vitamin, nutrient, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, many fruits (and vegetables) can have quite dramatic affects on your health, including on your gout.
Cherries, in particular, are a well known home remedy for gout. They contain anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties that more or less work as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do, but without the drugs. Research has also shown that they can lower uric acid levels in the blood.
The amount you need to take to get full benefit depends on each individual. Reports of their effectiveness vary between taking as few as 6 cherries per day, up to as many as 40 cherries per day. Some research suggests that 20 cherries a day is the same as taking 1 NSAID per day.
During a gout attack you might want to try eating around 30 to 40 cherries every 4 hours for rapid relief. In between attacks, i.e. for maintenance, you could eat 30 to 40 each day.
And don’t forget that recurring gout can cause permanent joint damage over time, so do all you can to prevent that happening.
You’ll need to address a number of issues here; your weight, your diet, lifestyle, medications, underlying medical conditions, etc. These can all impact your chances of gout. And once having had a gout attack, your chances of getting more attacks increase dramatically.