Dietary Supplements for Gout

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Gout is a painful swelling of the joints. Gout commonly occurs in the foot, in particular the large toe, however all joints can suffer from gout. This condition is caused by high volume of uric acid that leaves crystals in the joints causing it to get inflamed. A diet that is high in purine food will likely lead to gout. Purines when broken down become uric acid. It’s no wonder that gout is often found with those who are overweight or obese.

Most physicians will write a prescription for anti inflammatory medication if you come to them suffering from gout.  These drugs will definitely help as far as treating gout, however, they will not solve the problem of high uric acid.  Therefore recurring bouts of gout will happen unless preventive measures are applied to solve the root cause to begin with. There is where gout home remedies come in.

There are preventive approaches that a patient can apply to lower the risk of gout recurring.  Although some say that there is a genetic connection to gout, a lifestyle and nutritional change including the use of supplements is an effective way of preventing a high level of uric acid.

Before recommending some supplements, people suffering from gout should first avoid food that is high in purine.  The list of food that is high in purine can be provided by a dietician or doctor.  Here are some examples of food that must be avoided if you are suffering from gout or have an unusually high level of uric acid:

  • Organ meat like liver, fatty meat, shellfish, beer, sardines, herring, anchovies, mackerel, asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, and poultry, to name a few.

There are a number of dietary supplements that can help reduce the risk of a gout attack.  Some of these supplements not only reduce the systemic problem of high uric acid, they are also helpful in treating the painful symptoms associated with gout.  Here are some examples:

  • Berries – cherries, blueberries and others are known to treat both symptoms and lower uric acid.
  • Celery Seeds – used for thousands of years in the East to cure arthritis and gout.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties;
  • Bromelain – an anti-inflammatory herb found in the stem of pineapples;
  • Quercetin – found in the skin of apples and red onions and responsible for the pigmentation of most fruits is known to reduce acidity in the system including uric acid;
  • Flaxseed – reduces inflammation and acidity

While dietary supplements help reduce the risk of gout, there are possible side effects on certain individuals for some of them.  Furthermore, a dietary change to lose fat is an individually unique form of treatment.  Therefore, it is best that before embarking on a change or trying any gout home remedies, consult your physician.

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