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5 Natural Gout Treatments
As gout is believed to be caused, at least in part, by certain foods, changing your diet may help to reduce gout symptoms and prevent future attacks. In addition, natural gout remedies can help speed the healing cycle, providing relief without the serious side effects common with conventional gout medications.
Researchers have found that two days of cherry intake can reduce recurrent gout attacks by 35 percent. Researchers found that when combined with allopurinol, the risk of recurrence was lowered by 75 percent. (14) Cherries are known to reduce inflammation and promote weight loss; drinking unsweetened cherry juice during a gout occurrence can provide relief.
Celery Seed Extract:
Rich with antioxidants, celery seed extract helps to decrease uric acid in the body. Buy high-quality supplements or drink celery juice throughout the day to help relieve gout symptoms while reducing the length of the occurrence.
Drink coffee; both regular or decaf coffee has been shown to lower uric acid levels in the body. While researchers haven’t been able to determine how it works, numerous studies indicate it may help. (15), (16)
Multiple studies, and a recent double-blind placebo-controlled randomized trial have shown that higher vitamin C intake significantly reduces uric acid levels. If you’ve had gout before, be sure to consume vitamin C rich foods, or take a high-quality supplement daily. (17)
One of the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds available, turmeric can help relieve the inflammation and pain associated with gout. Multiple studies have shown turmeric’s active compound’s (curcumin) power at fighting inflammation. Select a supplement with piperine (black pepper) to improve turmeric’s absorption.
Foods to eat and enjoy:
High fiber foods including: barley, bran, rye, brown rice, avocados, potatoes and bananas.
Vitamin C-rich foods including: oranges, red and green bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, guava, kiwi and Brussels sprouts.
Magnesium-rich foods including: pumpkin seeds, yogurt or kefir, almonds, avocados, figs, artichokes, cashews and wild-caught salmon.
Cherries and unsweetened cherry juice. Try my recipe for cherry limeade.
Omega-3 rich foods like wild-caught salmon and tuna, walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, natto and grass-fed dairy.
Foods to avoid or minimize:
Purine-rich foods including: beef, goose, organ meats, sweetbreads, mussels, anchovies, herring, mackerel, yeast, spinach, asparagus, beans, lentils, mushrooms and dried peas. (18)
Oxalate-rich foods including: spinach, rhubarb, beets, nuts, chocolate, black tea, wheat bran, strawberries and beans.
Common allergens including dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, and food additives.
Refined foods including white breads, pastas and sugars.