Gout is a form of arthritis that can be highly bothersome and even debilitating. Fortunately, this joint condition is treatable, and there are a few different natural remedies which might also help lessen the symptoms associated with gout.
What is Gout?
Gout is a form of anxiety that exists or begins in the joint of a lower limb, most often a big toe. Flare-ups of gout usually occur at night, and are often accompanied by redness, swelling, and stiffness.
Gout is more common in men than women, and it usually develops in middle age. Precipitating factors for developing gout usually include a family history of the disease, high levels of urate, and health conditions such as obesity and kidney disease. The direct cause of gout flare-ups is hyperuricemia, a condition in which excessive amounts of urate are present in the body. Uric acid is a byproduct of the breakdown of certain foods. Not all individuals who develop hyperuricemia develop gout as a result.
Gout is treatable. The two primary methods of treatment are diet/lifestyle changes (to avoid unhealthy precipitating factors) and medication. Typical medications prescribed for gout include naproxen, colchicine, and prednisone. Each of these medications are from different classes, and address the problems differently.
Natural Remedies for Gout
As previously stated, lifestyle factors affect the development of gout and its symptoms. The first step to naturally treating gout is to eliminate the consumption of excess sugar and grains, as well as processed grains and alcohol. The natural supplements listed here are an addendum for good lifestyle choices, not a replacement. Using these remedies alone are not recommended to treat gout.
Baking soda has been recommended for relieving symptoms of gout. Baking soda helps increase the solubility of uric acid so it can be expelled quicker. This, in turn, helps to reduce inflammation and pain associated with gout. The recommended method is to dissolve ½ a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water, and drink it.
Omega-3 fatty acids, present in fish oil supplements, can help decrease the incidence of gout and its symptoms. This is because omega-3s help reduce inflammation. Fish oil is touted as beneficial for other forms of arthritis as well, for the same reason.
Vitamin C can be helpful in reducing gout symptoms because it can help promote the urinary excretion of uric acid. Be careful when using vitamin C for this purpose, as taking too much vitamin C to begin with can have negative effects related to a sudden drop in uric acid.
Magnesium is another substance which can be useful in reducing uric acid. Magnesium is an alkaline mineral that can lessen the production of uric acid, and effectively help treat acute gout flare-ups.
Proteolytic enzymes, most commonly bromelain, can be helpful in treating gout. This is because proteolytic enzymes help reduce the formation of uric acid and associated inflammation.
Cherry juice, as well as cherries, can be helpful in mitigating gout. Cherry juice helps reduce the pain and inflammation of gout. It can also help prevent future flare-ups. Research has suggested that eating 20 cherries in a day can equate in its effectiveness to prescription NSAIDs. It’s especially effective in tandem with traditional medication.
Gout is painful and extremely inconvenient, but it’s also treatable. If you think you’re at risk of developing gout, use the above lifestyle recommendations to your advantage. If you or a family member experience gout, then consider these natural remedies in addition to any medications and treatments already prescribed.