Is Pumpkin Good For Gout?

Is Pumpkin Good For Gout?

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The quick answer?

Yes… but there are a few caveats you must consider, and we will get to that plus a lot more very soon.

But first, let’s look at what pumpkins have to offer for people who suffer from gout.

There are 28 of the 91 known essential vitamins and minerals in pumpkin. That is a fair amount when stacked up against almost any other produce. Pumpkin gives an array of power punches in vitamins such as vitamin A, beta carotene, C, E, K, plus many more.

In the mineral category pumpkin offers us calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, as well as others.

High Fiber Content Helps Prevent Gout

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Fiber slows down the digestion of other foods in your system, so eating high fiber foods around eating a sweet snack will help offset any purines created by the sugar in your snack food. Pumpkin seeds pack a big fiber punch at 1.7 grams of dietary fiber per ounce.

If you look at anything in nature, anytime you have fructose or sugars involved from a plant, it’s very fibrous. Fiber is natures way of curbing the insulin spikes that can ultimately lead to diabetes.

Here are some other benefits to having fiber in your diet.

Heart health: It’s been found that high fiber intake has been associated with a lower risk of heart disease, even up to 40%.

Stroke: Every time you increase your fiber intake by 7 grams daily, you’re decreasing your stroke risk by 7%.

Weight loss and management: Because fiber makes you feel full, weight loss efforts are assisted and total weight lost is reduced.

Skin health: When your body can’t excrete bad things like yeast and fungus from your body fast enough, it pushes it through your skin, which causes acne and other skin disorders. Fiber such as psyllium husk can help the body excrete unwanted materials and help prevent excretion through the skin.

Diverticulitis: You can decrease your risk of diverticulitis by around 40% by increasing dietary fiber intake, particularly insoluble fiber.

Hemorrhoids: Including more fiber in your diet is also associated with a decreased risk of hemorrhoids.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): IBS is also positively affected by an increased intake of dietary fiber.

Gallstones and kidney stones: Because of fiber’s ability to help your body regulate blood sugar, it can decrease the risk of getting gall and kidney stones. Source : (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19335713)

And It's Low In Sugar Content... But Avoid Canned Pumpkin!

Canned pumpkin is no good in this case, because it’s already got sweeteners and other things in it. Skip it and go for the fresh stuff!

You have 3 grams of sugar in a cup of natural pumpkin, where cooked or raw, but in canned pumpkin over 8 grams for a single serving, which for it is a mere half cup.

So, half the food, vitamins, and minerals but twice the sugar. It’s no good, I say!

There is ample evidence suggesting that sugar, and fructose in particular are a major part of the gout puzzle.

You can read more about the research I’ve uncovered that suggest meats have nothing to do with gout and sugar has everything to do with gout, from onset through increasing attacks, frequency and intensity.

Pumpkin Seeds Have Tryptophan, Which Helps Produce Melatonin

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Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, the amino acid that was once believed to make people want to nap after Thanksgiving dinner.

Although tryptophan does aid in melatonin production, science suggests that there is not enough in turkey alone to produce that Thanksgiving day nap. But, eating pumpkin seeds regularly can help your body produce the sleep hormone more easily.

A handful is the perfect dose given to humans via a healthy and natural diet.

And this means better sleep. Since lack of sleep creates stress and stress has been linked to gout outbreaks, pumpkin seeds are a great addition to a gout diet.

One Last Tip

There is a lot of misinformation on gout, the diets that help and other misinformation, even by the main stream medical establishment.

I can assure you that meats and low purine diets are hogwash. There is enough science to cause serious doubts about meats and high purine foods.

You will want to read my post about meats, sugar and gout. It may change your entire outlook on life as someone who suffers from gout.

Are Nectarines Good For Gout?

Are Nectarines Good For Gout?

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So you now have gout and are attempting to sort what foods you can and can’t have, and here is where the surprise comes into play. No food is bad for you if it is in fact real food. What is bad is excess, validating the old adage of  “All things in moderation”.

So let’s take a look at Nectarines as a food source for people who suffer from gout and see how it matches up for us.

Nectarines have 15 carbs, 11 of which are from sugars, fructose in particular.  You should read my post addressing meat verses sugar concerning gout. It’s worth the time to read and you may be able to end your battle with gout in the time it takes to read that post.

Sugar is a major culprit in the onset of gout when you look at modern science from a reasonable perspective.  Carbs are sugars, and sugar has been implicated as a food in health issues more than any other food on earth, and it’s killing people in the US at break neck speed. Gout is just one more of the responses your body has to overloads of sugar.

Nectarines have 11 grams of sugar. Eat 3 of these puppies and you might as well eat a chocolate candy bar or drink a 20 oz soft drink with HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). This is asking for a gout attack if done on a consistent basis.

Nectarines are fine in moderation, but you should hold your carb and sugar intake to 30 grams a day if you wish to remain gout attack free without prescription meds like I do now and have been for well over 4 years at the time of this post.

And yes, read the post linked above and listen to a gout sufferer who has literally crushed gout purely based on diet by eliminating as much sugar as possible.

Here is the cookbook I first used and still use to this day. Once you understand how to manage your diet, you can get creative.

Does Meat or Sugar Cause Gout? The Truth May Surprise You.

Does Meat or Sugar Cause Gout? The Truth May Surprise You.

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Doctors Can't Tell You What They Don't Know

Most Doctors don’t know anything of the information I am about to share with you and the science behind it is as completely contrary to what  doctors are taught.

In fact, after formal schooling, pharmaceutical sales reps are the ones who educate doctors on new drugs.

Maybe it’s time we take a fresh look at some old and new science that suggest that meats have little to anything to do with causing gout attacks. You have questions, and we have answers.

How does a disease manage to be misunderstood and nearly forgotten while still affecting millions of Americans each year? Gout does just that, right under our noses. For those affected by gout and the excruciating pain that comes with it, there is no way to forget it.

Gout has been around for centuries. In the time of castles and knights, it was called the “ailment of kings”. Then it only had an effect on the rich. The rest of the population could barely afford to eat, let alone eat to excess.

Now things are different. America is one of the heaviest countries in the world with Mexico moving just ahead of us. The rise in obesity in countries like Mexico is attributed to the increasing availability of sugary convenience foods. This may result in a rise in gout patients in the coming years.

Wait?! I thought gout was caused by eating too much fatty meat? Isn’t that what we’ve always known? As with other medical knowledge, our understanding is moving forward. We know more about what causes gout and how to treat it than we ever have. The hard truth is that over consumption of sugars is a major contributing factor in gout patients.

What Is Gout?

Let’s back it up a little and examine what’s going on here. First, what is gout?

Gout is a very specific kind of arthritis. In normal arthritis, joints swell up and cause discomfort. Gout is usually focused on a single joint, often the big toe. That joint fills up with sharp uric acid crystals. The joint responds by swelling up. The swollen joint is very tender to the touch, the pain often being described as a fire. Patients sometimes wake from their sleep, unable to stand even the gentle touch of their sheets.

Those with gout suffer because of too much uric acid in their blood stream. We all have some uric acid, and it doesn’t cause a problem for us. Gout patients have more than 6 or 7 mg/dl of uric acid in their blood. Uric acid levels have been recorded at and over 12 mg/dl.

The uric acid crystals that build up in a joint and cause gout pain can have other effects as well, including kidney stones and kidney damage. These high levels are found in over 20% of people in the US.

Uric acid occurs in your blood stream as a byproduct of the breakdown of purines. Purines are necessary and a vital building block for your cells. As with everything, there can be too much of a good thing.

For years, a low purine diet and medication has been the solution to gout. This is generally described as a diet with less meat and fewer high purine foods. High purine foods include more than just meat. They include meat products, yeast, beer and booze, beans, peas, oats, spinach, and mushrooms.

Low purine foods are said to include refined bread products like white bread, processed cereals, and pasta. Also included are sugary sweets, milk, eggs, butter, fruit, nuts, and carbonated drinks.

Eating Junk Food Doesn't Help

Wow, sounds like you can eat a bunch of junk food and get rid of your gout right? This is not necessarily the case. Keep reading.

It’s also pretty old news that drinking a bunch of alcohol can bring on gout symptoms. Partying too hard is definitely off your schedule when you have gout. This isn’t your doctor being a spoil sport, and the science backs this up. Just a few drinks can push your uric acid levels up significantly.

Could It Be... Sugar?

Sometime in the late 1960’s, doctors figured out that fructose (sugar found in fruits) can raise your uric acid levels as well. Fruit, sugar, and corn syrup all have fructose in them. Just like beer, consuming these things can push your uric acid levels up in a real way. If you already have gout, your response to fructose will be more severe.

This is when doctors also noticed that poor people were getting gout more and more often. We thought this was a disease for the rich right? Sugar and sugary foods became cheap and readily available to the poor, changing the demographic that gout targeted.

Fructose Turns To Fat In The Body

This all sounds like a lot of conflicting information, but it’s really a simple shift in what we knew. We can now better explain things scientifically than just with anecdotal data. The simple explanation, scientifically, is that fructose is a sugar that turns to fat easily.

When your liver is busy doing that, it needs a lot of a compound called ATP. ATP has purines, lots of them. They get turned into uric acid. Alcohol breaks down just the same way!

This gets worse. While the sugar is busy making sure your blood has uric acid, your body is releasing insulin. Insulin sends a message to the kidneys and get it to put uric acid right back into your blood. Insulin wants you to grow. To grow you need to make a bunch of cells. To make a bunch of cells, you need purines. It’s a simple chain reaction.

You Can't Cut Both Carbs AND Meat

So you have gout, and you’ve started that low purine diet, cutting out meat and booze. Now you’re eating a bunch of easily affordable cheap carbohydrates in place of all that meat you were eating. Then you find out the sugar contributes to your gout even more! Do you cut out carbohydrates and meats? How does that work nutritionally? Very simply, it doesn’t!

There are plenty of cultures that consume a ton of meat, but have no problems with gout. If you look historically, before crops were as reliable as they are now, vegetables were not guaranteed. This meant that meat was necessary in every diet.

While meat is high in purines, protein is the thing that helps lower purines. To an effect, meat can clean up after itself in your bloodstream. Meat cannot clean up after itself AND a bunch of sugar though.

Studies that were just paying attention to meat consumption did not take into account that people eating more meat were also eating more of everything else too. They did not measure carbohydrate intake at all. This is how science sometimes misses something.

But, Where's The Research?

Real, clinical studies for gout are almost non-existent, and there are none that deal with what we’re talking about. Studies we have began to focus on medication, and the best study that dealt with diet (in Brazil) did not use actual gout patients.

A teeny tiny study was done exploring gout and sugar. In 2009, a few men with gout were chosen in South Africa. These men were put on a 1600 calorie diet. Purines were not measured, and alcohol was allowed. The diet was 40% (not refined) carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat. Four servings of fish a week kept their protein a little lean. The study lasted 16 weeks.

Uric acid levels went down, on average, 18%. Seven men left the study with a normal uric acid level. Gout attacks were reduced by 72% and 17lbs were lost.

Because dietary changes were sweeping, it’s hard to know which changes affected the patients the most, which is why more widespread studies are needed.

What kind of meat did they eat while trying to stay away from unsaturated fats? What were their diets like before the study began? These are details that could help us.

Fructose Contributes To Gout More Than Alcohol

Another study done on gout confirms that sugar intake, especially fructose, can be a major contributing factor in gout symptoms.

In a study of 51,529 professional males, a study of dietary habits monitored the possibilities of what could cause gout in men from ages of 40 to 75 years old during the years of 1986 to 1998. Only 49,166 participants mailed in their evaluations the first year of the study.

These men were given evaluation sheets to turn in of what they ate and didn’t eat by marking pre-assigned amounts on the sheets. They were dentists, optometrists, veterinarians, osteopaths, and pharmacists.

The study also accounted for the effects on any exercise, medication, or medical conditions that the participants might have had prior to starting the study. This also studied any changes in the participants exercise, medication, or developments of medical conditions during the study.

Along with keeping up with the BMI in the participants over the years. During this study, there were 755 newly diagnosed cases of gout in the participants. Participants that reported having a diagnosis of gout on a previous evaluation forms were dropped from the study.

Only 2,773 participants reported having gout at the beginning of the evaluations. Out of these participants, 50 medical records were evaluated by medical professionals to see if they had 6 out of 11 indicators for gout. Then they were checked to see if the diagnosis was self diagnosed, diagnosed with a doctor, or reported with a tophus or crystal proved gout.

The evaluation sheets were tabulated every 4 years, to see the progress of the study’s participants. The participants in the study could miss one report or check in for the study one year for a follow up evaluation, and turn in the sheets during the next evaluation. There was a follow up rating of over 90% for the two year period.

The study came out that the urate, found in gout patients tended to raise in participants that had instances of high fructose consumption. Such as soft drinks and fruits with high sugar levels. Diet soft drinks did not have the same rates as soft drinks had evaluated with.

Surprisingly, alcohol or spirits weren’t as high in causing gout as fructose, with results being 35% and 49% for soft drinks with sugar and 15% for beer and spirits.

The study also evaluated the effects of dairy, alcohol, and BMI as risk factors for developing gout. These proved to have no significant impact on the study findings. Also measuring the effects of carbohydrates (non-Fructose) and protein in regards to the energy produced in junction with Vitamin C. Even with all these variables, the study proved that high intakes of fructose and soft drinks caused higher levels of urate crystals in the joints.

From the data obtained during this study, it gives credibility to Dr. Osler’s prescription of low fructose diets for gout patients over 100 years ago. In which he wrote in 1893 that high sugar diets should be reduced to a minimum, and sweeter fruits should not be eaten.

There are limitations to this study, even though it was the highest participant based study to this date, due to the fact that dietary intakes were reported by the participants data, though a sampling of the evaluations further confirmed the results.

Gout Is Associated With Metabolic Syndrome

Another study was conducted that confirmed Dr. Osler’s ideas. This study was done over a slightly longer period of time, but it echos some similar thoughts. It also was opened up to include women, something not done in previous studies.

The nurses at American College of Rheumatology did this study to examine the relationship between high intake of fructose rich beverages and risk of gout. The study was 22 years long (1984 to 2006) and had 78,906 participants, who previous to the study had no history of gout.

The all had to take a food frequency questionnaire to validate their intake of beverages and fructose. During the 22 years, the follow up the nurses documented 778 confirmed cases of gout. The test results showed that, in women, the more sugary soda consumed, the higher the risk of gout is. Diet soda drinks were not corresponding to the study.

New evidence shows that gout is associated with the metabolic syndrome and may lead to a higher risk of heart attack), type 1 and 2 diabetes, and premature death. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Gout studies and treatments have been long focused on men, but there is new evidence that suggest that it is more commonly found in elderly women over 70 years of age. The confirmed gout cases are beginning to become more frequent in women.

Sugar sweetened beverages contain low levels of purine, the precursor of uric acid, however they contain large amounts of fructose, a carbohydrate known to increase uric acid levels. When the uric acid levels rise it causes frequent attacks of gout, or it may never cause problems. A high uric acid level may also cause some people to develop kidney stones or kidney failure.

In this study, ingesting fructose was found to cause a sharp increase in serum uric acid. The rapid increase was exaggerated in individuals with a history of gout. Also, in a different study it was found that animal experiments and two National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) studies have suggested that the enormity of urate raising effect of sugar sweetened sodas may be weaker among women than among men, extrapolation of data on this important risk factor for gout from men to women should be done with caution.

More Validation of the Sugar Connection

The Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) began in 1976 when 21,700 female RNs who were predominantly white and were 30 and 55 years of age living in 11 different states completed a mailed questionnaire in which they provided detailed information about their medical history, lifestyles, and other risk factors. Their information was updated every two years to try to help identify any other risks, and newly diagnosed diseases.

After the women completed the questionnaire, they excluded women with a previous diagnosis of gout before 1984 or the participants who did not complete more than 10 items on the 1984 dietary questionnaire, leaving 78,906 women who were followed from 1984 to 2006.

The Partners Healthcare System institutional review board approved the study. The review board accepted a return of the completed questionnaire as implied informed consent.

The questionnaire consisted of average use of foods and beverages during the previous year, including sodas, juice, and the food that the participants ate. The NHS based their study on the average of products consumed from the questionnaire.

The Connection With Soda & Juice

The nutrient intakes were computed by multiplying the responses by the nutrient content of the specified portion sizes. The values for nutrients were derived from the US Department of Agriculture, and supplemented with information from manufacturers of the products consumed.

Half of the disaccharide sucrose is fructose, which is split from sucrose in the small intestine. So, total fructose intake is equal to the intake of free fructose plus half the intake of sucrose. Knowing this, the relationship between the questionnaire and multiple dietary records showed that the most consumed drinks were soft drinks and fruit juices.

After every two years, the participants provided information on weight, regular use of medication, and medical conditions. This data has proven to be very helpful in the study, validating the study, and have the ability to predict risk of relevant future diseases.

The questionnaires asked the participants had received a physician diagnosis of gout and, if so, the date of first occurrence. In 2001, NHS sent out a questionnaire to the participants with self diagnosed gout, and asked them to go to their physician and get a confirmed diagnosis.

The end point of the study was an occurrence case of gout in which 6 or more of 11 gout criteria were met. The gout criteria are as follows: more than one attack of acute arthritis; maximum inflammation developed within one day; oligoarthritis attack (arthritis affecting one to four joints during the first six months of disease) redness observed over joints; painful or swollen fingers, toes, or joints; tophus (a deposit of crystalline uric acid and other substances at the surface of joints or in skin or cartilage); hyperuricemia (an abnormally high level of uric acid in the blood); asymmetric swelling within a joint; complete termination of an attack.

The overall rate for gout questionnaire was 81%, which was a similar result to the Health Professionals Follow up Study. In this study two Board certified rheumatologists reviewed the medical records from 56 women in 2001. The similarities between the diagnosis of gout and the review of the relevant medical records was 91% (51/56).

Diet Sodas Don't Seem To Affect Gout Risk

In the study they used Cox proportional hazards modeling (PROC PHREG) to estimate the relative risk (RR) for occurrences in gout. They put consumption of soda and juices into six categories: <1 per month, 1 per month to 1 per week, 2 to 4 per week, 5 to 6 per week, 1 per day and 2 or more per day. Fructose intake were categorized into quintiles for percentage of energy.

Soda and juice consumption were adjusted for the following variables: age (continuous), total energy intake (continuous), alcohol consumption, body mass index (kg), menopause status, use of hormonal replacement, use of diuretics (thiazide or furosemide), history of hypertension, coffee intake, and daily mean intake of meats, seafood, dairy foods, and total vitamin C (quintiles).

They did the same for fruit and non dietary products. (alcohol, etc.). During the 22 years of follow ups the found 778 new diagnosed cases of gout, 638 with podagra (gout of the foot, especially the big toe),576 with hyperuricemia (abnormally high level of uric acid in the blood), 342 with tarsal joint involvement, and 109 with tophus (deposit of crystalline uric acid and other substances at the surface of joints or in skin or cartilage).

In this large study of women, it was found that the risk of gout increased with increasing intake of sugar sweetened soda. However, diet soda intake does not have any risk of gout. The study shows that women who consume 1 serving of sugar sweetened soda have a 74% higher risk of getting gout than women who consume two servings of orange juice.

The study shows the risk of gout was significantly increased with increasing intake of fructose, the main suspected ingredient behind the increased risk. These findings were separate from risk factors for gout such as body mass index, age, hypertension, menopause, diuretic use, alcohol, and intake of dairy, meat, seafood, coffee, and vitamin C.

These findings were confirmed by the recent prospective study of men and provide the first evidence among women that fructose and fructose rich beverages are important risk factors to be considered in the prevention of gout.

Gout Among Women Occurs Largely After Menopause

While the risk for gout associated with the fructose rich beverages, absolute risk differences were modest given the low occurrence rate of gout among women. The risk differences were less than one case per 1,000 person years.

Previous animal experiments and NHANES studies suggest that the high quantity of urate raising effect of fructose or sugar sweetened sodas may be weaker among females than among males. An analysis based on NHANES III found that the increase in serum uric acid level associated with sugar sweetened soda intake was larger among men than women, although the association among women was still significant.

This was thought to be because of sex hormones due to study in rats that have shown that female sex hormones protect against the development of hyperinsulinemia (a condition in which there are excess levels of insulin circulating in the blood than expected relative to the level of glucose) associated with high fructose intake.

Nevertheless, as gout among women occurs mainly after menopause, when the female hormonal influence greatly declines, the gender difference of the fructose effect on the risk of gout may be less apparent than that on serum uric acid levels observed in the general population that included premenopausal women.

Fructose Causes Uric Acid Production

Fructose induces uric acid production by expanding ATP (a nucleotide that is composed of adenosine and three phosphate groups and releases energy when hydrolyzed to ADP) and deteriorating it into AMP. Fructose in the liver uses ATP, and the accompanying phosphate deterioration limits the regeneration of ATP from ADP (an ester of adenosine that is converted to ATP for the storage of energy) which serves as surface for the catabolic pathway to uric acid formation.

Therefore, within minutes after fructose infusion, plasma uric acid concentrations are increased. In opposition, glucose and other simple sugars do not have the same effect. Fructose could indirectly increase serum uric acid level and the risk of gout by increasing insulin resistance and circulating insulin levels.

Due to animal experimentation, from short term feeding studies suggest that higher fructose intake provides to insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, and hyperinsulinemia. The NHS studies have practical instructions for the prevention of gout in women.

They have dietary recommendations and restrictions on purine intake. Low purine diets are often high in carbohydrates including fructose rich foods. Their data stresses the importance of restricting fructose intake. Osler’s diets prescription as a means to prevent gout over 100 years ago, as reflected in his 1893 book supports this study.

Also, fructose intake is related to increased serum insulin levels, insulin resistance, and increased adiposity. The general negative health impact from fructose is larger in women with a history of gout, 70% of those women suffer from the metabolic syndrome.

There were a relatively large number of cases in the high fructose groups. The numbers in the top consumption categories of fructose rich beverage items were small. It was comforting that the next top categories also showed large positive associations with a dose response relationship. Biased recall of diet was avoided in this study because the intake data was collected before the diagnosis of gout.

Gout Risk Is Higher For African Americans

The use of repeated dietary assessments in the study not only accounts for changes in dietary consumption over time but also lowers measurement error.

The restriction of RNs in the study is both a limitation and a strength. The study of well educated women reduces the potential for surprises associated with socioeconomic status, and they were able to obtain high quality data with minimal loss to the follow ups.

Their study was generalized towards middle aged white women with no history of gout. Prevalence of risk factors for gout occurrences are higher in African Americans, the enormity of the risks increase with the sugar sweetened beverages might be bigger than the increase that they observed.

In conclusion, their findings provided the prospective verification that intake of sugar sweetened sodas, orange juice, fruit juice, and other fructose is associated with an expanded risk of gout among the participated women.

Their contribution to the study and risk of gout in the population is likely humble giving the low occurrence rate among these women. However, diet soda consumption was not associated with this study or the risk of gout.

Physicians should acknowledge of the significant impact of these sugar sweetened sodas and fruit juices on the risk of gout which is a common and excruciatingly painful arthritis.

We Were Never Meant to Eat This Much Sugar

So how does all of this affect you, a member of normal society living long past the age of kings? Well, lay off the booze. It is consistently a problem for gout across the board, so it’s an easy change to make. Even a few beers can throw you way off track, so exercise some self discipline.

Research doesn’t know it all yet. We look very hard to doctors and science for our cures, but when their information is incomplete, we can take some steps on our own and see what works for us as individuals.

First, this means knowing your diet. Record what you eat, and record when you get your gout attacks. You might find a pattern there. Self awareness is the first barrier of defense we have against something wrong medically.

We don’t know why some things happen, even when we know that they do happen. We don’t know why only some people with high uric acid levels end up with gout. Saying that we don’t know might seem scary. It’s hard to not know something in an age where there’s an answer for everything, but science continues to push forward. This means that we have to get up and help ourselves where we can.

Take the science that you know and add in some of your basic common sense. If you have a bad diet, you will suffer the consequences of a bad diet. Purines come in our natural food and are produced in our bodies.

Cut The Carbs & Check Your Blood Sugar

No, you don't have to go THIS far!

While you’re making a record of your diet and your gout attacks, record other medical data too. Knowing your blood sugar is a good thing, and meters are readily available. Sometimes meters are even free, and your doctor is unlikely to object to this. Doctors want you to be as aware medically as you can be so that you can take responsibility for your health.

Cut out refined sugars like white bread, sugar cereals, table sugar, sodas, candy, and junk food. Then wait and see what happens, recording the results. Do your gout attacks decrease? How do your blood sugar levels fare? Remember to follow the rules you set for yourself. You are acting as your own scientist, and deviating from your plan will alter your results. Consistency is the path to change.

If nothing else, your doctor will be thrilled as your health gets better overall. There are other small things you can do too. Taking Vitamin C has been shown to reduce uric acid just a little, so pop 500mg a day of it.

Make sure you replace those refined carbs with some good stuff. Whole grains and yummy vegetables will fill your meals back out. Cauliflower is amazing, and people are learning to use it in place of potatoes in all kinds of dishes. It can be steamed and turned into a substitute for rice too! In a food processor with a bit of butter and some plain yogurt, it turns into a substitute for mashed potatoes that’s as good as the real thing.

Don’t take your produce section for granted, and don’t just use your computer for games. Recipes low in refined carbohydrates are easily found online, leaving you with very few excuses not to change your health for the better, staving off a painful disease in the process.

Gout was once an ailment only felt by royalty. It now effects millions of people worldwide, and our knowledge is expanding on the subject.

Diet Is The Ultimate Solution

It’s becoming clear that the solution for many of our illnesses begins with our diet. Don’t eat blindly. Instead, take into account what you are eating and what went into making your meal.

To be effective you need to understand more about diet and have some good recipes or you will fail.

The good news? I already failed enough for all of us and have been gout attack free for over 5 years.

I figured you may want to know how I stopped my extremely vicious battle with gout.

Here are my guides (cookbooks) below that help me eat right for someone who suffers from gout. It cuts carbs (sugars) and my gout just magically disappeared.

You only need to pick one to get started, but having more gives you more variety.

Does Drinking Alcohol Give You Gout?

Does Drinking Alcohol Give You Gout?

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Alcohol is bad for gout. It’s so bad that it may be a major contributing factor to the onset of gout.

Alcohol dehydrates you and therefore your kidneys, which are responsible for eliminating purines from the body. Then there are fast carbs which spikes insulin. As far as the effect on insulin, beer spikes insulin at a very similar rate to modern soft-drinks.

It’s been known since the 1960’s that sugar intake increases purines within the body. You are taking a 1-2 punch right to the toe (or wherever your gout flares) each and every time you take a drink of any alcohol.

Here comes the uppercut for the knockout. Beer, and most alcoholic drinks are packed with purines.

Granted, some are supposedly worse than others, but no version is good, or even neutral, it is bad for people who have gout and there are no exceptions to this statement.

Common Causes of Gout

Hyperuricemia or high levels of uric acid in the blood is the most common cause of gout. This can be diet related or genetic. It can also be caused by one of the two reasons mentioned below :

  1. Increased production of uric acid, such as hemolytic anemia, leukemia, excessive exercise or psoriasis
  2. Reduced excretion of uric acid, such as lead induced nephropathy, chronic renal disease, diabetic ketoacidosis and kidney damage

The question most never ask is why these levels become too high or too low in the first place.

I asked these questions that professionals like doctors and scientist never seem to ask. Mine was more specific to gout, so mine is what is causing high levels of purines and uric acid in the first place.

We will cover this question in my final thoughts at the bottom of this page.

What Kind of Foods Trigger A Gout Attack?

There are many beverages and foods that cause high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream.

Some of the most common ones include excessive amounts of alcohol, especially strong beer and red wine, asparagus, soft drinks, coffee, anchovies, legumes, mushrooms, and meats, especially shellfish and organ meats according to main stream medicine.

The fact is scientist have admitted for years that they can’t accurately measure the purines in foods. Then there is a scientific study and the leader of that study stated: “The purine content of the diet does not usually contribute more than 1 mg/dl to the serum urate concentration…” [Emmerson 1996].

We will revisit this later.

Gout can also be caused by other things. Some of these include injury, surgery, stress, rapid weight loss, deficiency of Vitamin B5, use of antibiotics, chemotherapy, and deficiency of several nutrients. Any major cause of potassium loss, such as fasting, diuretic use, and surgery can also trigger gout.

Effects of Alcohol

A lot of men who indulge in alcohol, especially beer, can double their risk of developing gout. Researchers have known about the link between gout and alcohol for many years through anecdotal evidence. Recent studies have been able to verify this connection.

It is important to understand that gout is a kind of severe arthritis, marked by severe inflammation and pain in the joints. Moreover, gout outbreaks strike suddenly, without any prior warning. Some severe instances of gout may lead to major health problems, and even kidney failure. Men are more prone to developing gout than women. However, this difference is less dramatic among elderly people.

According to researchers, both environmental and hereditary factors can cause gout. Alcohol consumption is one of the major causes of gout. In the past 30 years, many studies have reported that regular alcohol consumption increases the likelihood of suffering from gout.

Many patients report the link between gout and alcohol consumption. You can get gout attacks triggered by purines. A lot of patients report suffering from gout attacks either on the night of alcohol consumption or after a couple of days from having drinks. In such cases, even medications don’t help treat the problem. Therefore, it is important to drastically reduce your intake of alcohol.

According to studies, strong beer and wine are more likely to cause a gout outbreak than other kinds of alcoholic drinks. As mentioned earlier, many studies have verified these claims. In this post, we’ve also discussed a study that establishes the link between gout attacks and consumption of alcohol.

Study Findings

According to a study published in the renowned Lancet Medical Journal, researchers studied a sample of 47,000 male medical professionals. They did not have a history of gout outbreaks for about 12 years. By the end of this study, more than 2% men had experienced gout attacks. Men who consumed alcohol on a daily basis had twice the risk of suffering from this condition than men who didn’t consume alcohol regularly.

Drinking beer increased the risk of gout attacks by almost 50% for every serving on a daily basis. On the other hand, men who drank hard liquor increased the risk of suffering from gout attacks by almost 15% for every drink. Men who consumed red wine didn’t experience increased risk in suffering from gout attacks. However, since only few men consumed more than 2 glasses of wine per day, these results are not conclusive, but provide some insight.

According to researchers, beer consumption can and does lead to gout attacks. The stated primary reason is the high purine content of alcoholic beverages. During the process of digestion, purine compound breaks down to create uric acid. Normally, urate or uric acid leaves your body through urine.

However, if your kidneys are not able to process high levels of uric acid, it creates a wide range of health problems. Excess uric acid in the body can form crystal deposits in your joints. These deposits are the primary cause of gout.

Some powerful medications are available in the market to treat gout, but come with some potentially dangerous side effects. But it makes real sense to reduce your risk of suffering from the condition in the first place. When you avoid regular or excessive consumption of alcohol, you’re able to lessen gout attacks and the length of their duration.

Final Thoughts

Besides avoiding alcohol, you can also take other steps to prevent and treat gout. For instance, meeting your daily recommended intake of potassium makes sure you’re able to take a bite out of gout, and improve your overall health.

These days, you can choose from a wide range of supplements to prevent gout. Most of these supplements also aim to prevent nutritional deficiencies to improve your health and well being. However, you should look for the best supplements to treat your problem. Make sure they are sugar free and actually contain what the merchant claims the product does.

I am not too big on single solutions because I believe that your total overall diet is the root of the problem.

There are foods that slightly increase and decrease purine levels in the body, but most are nominal in nature and the max any food increases or decreases purine levels is about 10% and it’s not organ meats, red meat, nor seafood that has the largest sway in purine levels.

Dairy, whole milk, cheese and such drops your purines by 10% in an hour and a half. A 16 ounce rib-eye steak does not raise your purines by 10%, neither does most shellfish.

What we need to find out is what is causing the spikes of purines, and I am betting it is more sugars than anything else.

The problem with this science as well as other gout studies is that they are not looking at the root cause as mentioned earlier in this post.

If you can eat a 16 ounce rib-eye and then drink a glass of whole milk with it, you have actually lowered your purines, not increase them, and this doesn’t account for the fact that protein lowers uric acid levels… so the steak cancels out the increase in purines all by itself. Adding milk should push you in the good direction.

This would apply to all meat, foul and fish.

Asparagus does not increase purines 3% total, so why is it considered a trigger?

If meats cause it, why do vegans suffer from gout? Yes, there are thousands and thousands of vegans that have gout and have attacks regularly, even with pharmaceuticals.

There are many other foods that help lower uric acid. Cherries reduce gout issues as well as apple cider vinegar. Pineapple kills gout to some degree because of it’s ingredients. Oatmeal is not that great for gout because of the fast carbs (sugars).

You have to know what is good and what is bad and learn to balance what you eat to keep gout away from you.

Are Dairy Products Good For Gout?

Are Dairy Products Good For Gout?

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Before we get to what products, specifically the dairy products to take, first you need to understand how a gout attack happens.

Gout attack takes place when someone with a higher than normal levels of uric acid has a build-up of the acid around a joint causing a painful gout flare.

This is as a result of the formation of uric crystals around the joint. A common site for this condition is the big toe joint, but it can also occur in the elbow, wrist, finger, knee or ankle.

There are many things including stress, alcohol and some foods that play part in the increase of uric acid level in the body, which is why it important we follow the right measures to ensure that we stay in control.

Lowers Uric Acid

Over the years researchers have proven that dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cheese help increase the excretion of uric acid in the body.

Orotic is a substance in milk that plays the major role of helping the kidney remove excess uric acid. It decreases the re-absorption of uric acid and also promotes excretion of uric acid by the kidneys.

Scholars suggest that dairy products in the human body causes something called the “Uricosuric Effect” of the milk proteins; lactalbumin and casein – which help protect against gout.

It is for this reason that lately milk products have received many accolades from the medical fraternity for the role they have played as an essential dietary factor in the reduction of risks involved in gout development.

For existing gout sufferers – myself included, it is recommended that we consume these products to enable us manage the condition.

Low Prurine

Cheese, cream and butter are low purine; this is why experts recommend at least four servings each day to help reduce the risk of gout development by 40%.

According to purine table, milk products contain 0 – 50mg of purine per 100gms of food making them very low in purine, even though scientist openly admit there is no way to measure purines in any food.

Because of its acute urate-lowering effect, milk products are excellent for both middle aged and the elderly since with time the level of uric acid in human body tends to rise. In theory, it could give children a head-start in preventing gout in the future.

A Glass A Day Chases The Gout Away

As a gout sufferer, I try to have at least one glass of milk daily, plus another serving of dairy like real cheeses (no processed junk with added sugars) or sugar free yogurt.

A recent study that involved almost 15,000 Americans consistently drinking at least a glass a day for a period of six years showed that they had a 0.25mg/dL lower serum UA level than those who didn’t.

For the people who ate various kinds of cheese, the performance was slightly higher than those who only took milk and yogurt. It is therefore better you eat a couple stalks of cheese with celery at a time, or even cheddar which is a great anti-gout snack. Celery helps excretion of uric acid, so combinations of good foods compound the effects.

A study done in 2010, the “Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases”, showed that skim milk had the capacity to lower uric acid by up to 10% in only three hours, and at the same time quickly increasing the excretion of uric acid.

While various foods have been proven to increase the risk of gout, others including skim milk significantly reduce this risk making them not only protective but preventive too.

In 2011, the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS) stated that milk products were associated with lower gout risk, with a multivariate risk of 0.82gms per daily serving of the dairies.

There was also another study by the Nurse’s Health Study (NHS) that showed a strong inverse association between milk product consumption versus the incidence of gout.

Dairy fractions have also been confirmed to possess anti-inflammatory features, and in experimental models glycomarcropeptide and G600 milk fat extract were proven that they contain an inhibitory effect and also have the capacity to regulate inflammatory response when dealing with monosodium urate crystals.

Water + Milk

Since uric acid is not very soluble, you need to drink a lot of water for the excretion including halting uric crystallization. Although milk is 88% water, it does not dilute the acid, unlike plain water which is pH neutral and can be alkalized to dilute the acid to reduce the urate-effect.

Drinking 10×8 ounces of milk everyday is a tall order; one or two glasses plus the standard eight glasses of water is more realistic. Use some common sense and you will see results.

In case you are lactose intolerant, meaning you cannot digest the main sugar in milk, use lactose-free milk found in your local supermarket including health food stores.

The Real Solution To Gout And Gout Attacks!

I watched my mother, who is now in her 70’s reverse diabetes. That was powerful, and she done it with diet.

I have now been gout attack free for 5 years by controlling my diet. It was easy for a mother because there are tons of diabetic cookbooks on the market, but that’s not the case with gout.

The good news for you? I have already tried all of the available gout cookbooks and systems online (Hell yeah I tried, you know this crap is painful).

This is the one that actually worked, and it had some other major side effects. I was able to get off of my blood pressure meds also.

Do yourself a favor, stop looking for certain foods to eliminate or cure your gout issue. There is no silver bullet. You must change your daily diet, or you will suffer.

Think diet is BS?

Let me show you a documentary that will likely open your eyes like never before. All of this with diet!

Take your time, watch it and buy that damn book I linked to… or suffer!

The right diet for gout is your only real solution.

There is no one food that causes or reduces gout to any significant degree other than sugars

No matter how impressive some of these single foods act scientifically, none of them alone will make a significant different in gout or gout attacks, but when used in combination, they can be powerful at stopping gout attacks.

An example would be if you strictly used dairy products, you would get limited results, but if you use cherries and pineapple in the same day, you would get more effective relief. Throw in some potassium and apple cider vinegar and you increase the effect even more.

Now, for comparison, if you continue to drink soft-drinks or sweet tea all day, nothing can overcome it other than colchicine, allopurinol and other pharmaceuticals. But as soon as you stop the meds, the attacks will return.

Not only that, but if you don’t do something significant about the problem other than taking drugs, the problem (gout) will eventually outgrow the power of these drugs. Have you had meds raised or changed to stronger versions? I know many who have.

Meats causing gout or gout attacks is simply not supported by science.

There is no one food that causes or reduces gout to any significant degree other than sugars…fructose in particular is very nasty when it comes to gout.

The trick is to make sure you eliminate as much sugar, carbs and processed foods from your diet as possible. Then just keep a balance of what most refer to as good foods and bad foods for gout.

You should take a serious look at our homepage and you will understand my point, It will show you that there is no science that any particular foods, other than sugars and carbs, can cause or increase gout attacks and higher purine levels. The worst part is that if today’s sugars were mostly eliminated from the western diet, most disease and conditions would magically evaporate into thin air.

It’s been known since the 1960’s that fructose spikes insulin and purine production through a complex system, starting in the liver. It’s also know that the reaction is much more severe in people who already suffer from gout.

Is Oatmeal Good Or Bad For Gout?

Is Oatmeal Good Or Bad For Gout?

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“You are what you eat” – we have all heard that saying more than once, and truth be told, some foods can make you sick while others can heal you.

The same principle applies to gout and other forms of arthritis, as some foods are known to increase the likelihood of developing arthritis at a certain point in the future, or to worsen it if you already suffer from arthritis.

Before answering the question on everybody’s lips – is oatmeal bad for gout – it is important to explain what causes gout in the first place.

What Causes Gout And What Role Do Purines Play?

Gout is one of the most feared and most painful types of arthritis, and that is perfectly understandable given the fact that it hits when you least expect it.

Gout attacks can be incredibly painful, as they trigger an instant inflammation in the joints, causing them to be red, swollen and painful to the touch.

Gout can be a debilitating disease that prevents you from doing basic tasks, such as washing the dishes or gardening, this is why it must be prevented at all costs.

The intense joint pains can affect not just the toes, but also the wrists and hands, and it tends to occur in the middle of the night – most of the time, the gout-related pain tends to subside within a few hours, but it is not uncommon for some people to experience them for days or even weeks to come.

Once again, everything comes down to one’s diet and lifestyle – for instance, studies have revealed that alcohol consumption can lead to more gout attacks.

Gout occurs when the levels of uric acid in the blood are higher than normal – some foods can lower the levels of uric acid, while others can boost it, and knowing which foods to avoid is essential for preventing any painful future joint attacks.

When somebody has more uric acid in the bloodstream, this can lead to the formation of small crystals around the joint.

The crystals are naturally formed by the body when it tries to break down the purines, and for this reason those who suffer from gout should try to focus the right foods and getting rid of the few that are causing the problems.

There are some foods that gout sufferers should avoid at all costs, but this site is not like other gout sites spewing the same garbage out that has failed miserably.

Gout is on the rise, so the medical system is far behind, and the reason they are far behind is that there are multiple billions each year in in profits for gout drugs in the US.

It’s definitely not a broken system for big pharma who are enjoying the increases in revenues each and every year. Why should they study diet over pills? They make nothing if food is the answer.

How Can Oatmeal Affect Your Gout?

Oatmeal is, by all means, one of the healthiest cereals out there – high in copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, chromium, fiber and a plethora of other valuable nutrients, oatmeal will provide your body with all the minerals and vitamins it needs in order to function correctly.

Things change a bit when it comes to gout sufferers – although oatmeal is not the cereal with the highest amount of purines, it is still quite rich in purines and proteins and all gout sufferers with high uric acid levels should steer clear from it.

But proteins lower uric acid according to scientific studies, so what gives?

In order to understand why oatmeal can be bad for a person who suffers from gouty arthritis, it is important to mention that this is a carbohydrate, which spikes insulin because the body converts it all to sugar.

When insulin spikes, it’s a builder by trade and orders up more purines from the kidneys to build with. It’s really a vicious cycle for someone with gout.

Purines are necessary for cell growth and replacement throughout the body, but too much is a problem.

Science is building a solid case against sugars, and people will sooner or later figure out that sugar is one of the biggest threats to Americans health.

Get one of the cookbooks below and fix your diet and you can cut down or even eliminate gout attacks. I’ve been gout attack free for 5 years now.

I know, most will not, but some of you will take advice from an older gentleman who has already been there and the rest will continue to suffer and live a life on pharmaceutics that are slowing killing you.

Don’t believe me? Look up the drugs they prescribe and read for yourself.

Is Pineapple Juice Good For Gout?

Is Pineapple Juice Good For Gout?

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The amount of pain experienced by gout sufferers varies widely from bearable to excruciating. If you have ever woken up in the morning with gout pain, then you know how essential it is to have a gout treatment and counter-attack plan that works.

Pineapple, native to South America, is a fruit that’s not only loved for its juiciness, but it’s a formidable foe in the fight against sudden gout attacks and doubles as a preventative in your diet to stop attacks before they start.

Helping Gout With Pineapple Juice

Pineapple is the first remedy that comes to mind when it comes to relieving gout pain. The most up to date evidence suggest that pineapple juice can help ease and prevent gout symptoms, similar to how non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs would. Pineapple boasts a number of positive compounds including potassium, bromelain, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin B6, manganese, and copper, all of which play a significant role in reducing inflammation and pain.

You would likely be surprised by how many foods help, like cherry juice for gout, but you need to know what kind of cherries work. Stick with us, we’ll get you through what’s real and what is loosely based hypothesis.

How Does Pineapple Ease Gout Attacks?

Pineapple contains potassium, which has been shown to be helpful in turning uric acid into a solution your kidney can excrete effortlessly during urination.

While the amount of potassium this fruit contain is not enough to treat gout, it is worth it when merged with other remedies. Another compound is bromelain, which helps in reducing swelling and inflammation. The reason why it is effective is that it interferes with the hormones that signal the brain that something needs to swell up. This ingredient also speeds up the digestion of protein.

Vitamin C is beneficial for the reduction of the amount of uric acid in the blood. However, no study has confirmed that vitamin C interferes with the severity of gout attacks. The reason why vitamin C is effective in treating gout is that it helps the kidneys to get rid of excess uric acid.

Another ingredient in pineapple is Vitamin B6, which apart from helping with digestion, fights inflammation associated with such issues as gout and arthritis.

Pineapple owes part of its effectiveness to manganese, which has been linked to diminishing the levels of uric acid.

How Much Pineapple Juice Should I Drink?

What is the right pineapple juice dosage? Here is what the experts have to say on dosage or amount you should consume.

To reap the benefits of pineapples’ countless healing qualities, it is recommended to drink a cup of fresh pineapple juice once or twice a day before a meal or consume a slice or two of fresh pineapple at a couple of meals a day or as a snack.

Among popular fruits such as apple, grapes, watermelon and plums, pineapple is the lowest in fructose.

Research shows that high fructose intake can increase the level uric acid in the blood, leading to gout.

Because pineapple is a low in fructose, it can be used freely to fulfill the 2 to 3 servings per day recommended by experts.

We’re going to share with you some awesome information on pineapple, but you should also try other natural remedies…like apple cider vinegar for gout.

It’s one of my favorite weapons against gout.

Now for what I teach that matters. Sugar and fast carbs are the majority of your gout problem. Eat like a diabetic and your gout will likely go away.

If you look at my meat and sugar post, you will see that it was a change in my overall diet that has put an end to my gout attacks, using no prescription medication and no attacks, all because of diet.

I would highly suggest you go low carb and eliminate as much sugar from your diet as possible because there is no one superfood that stops gout.

I have a list of cookbooks you need if you want to stop your attacks. This works for over 90% of the people who have actually tried it and stuck to this diet.

What Type of Pineapple Is Best?

The first choice for getting your every day servings of fruit should be a fresh pineapple, so you don’t get added sugar and preservatives in your diet.

If you can buy a pineapple in fresh condition and slice it raw. This is a great way to get fresh fruit that will give you the most benefits.

But if fresh pineapple is not available, you can use canned pineapple or juice. If you opt for canned pineapple juice, be sure to go for the kind with light or no syrup.

One serving of canned pineapple in light syrup comes with more calories than a fresh fruit. If you choose to go with canned pineapple, make sure there is no sugars added because fructose is bad for gout.

How Do You Use It?

During a gout attack, it is advised to take a cup of pineapple juice every three hours until the pain subsides. As mentioned earlier, three cups a day is the recommended dose.  A majority of gout sufferers are able to get relief only in a matter of days after starting their treatment. If you are allergic to pineapple, just use the other methods on this site.

Does Pineapple Actually Help With Gout?

Yes it does.

Pineapple is the only fruit which contains bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that provide medicinal effects. Pineapple is also packed with vitamin C, an effective antioxidant. Studies have found that bromelain helps to decompose uric acid crystals, relieving you from the pain related with gout. Bromelain has also been shown to prevent repeated gout attacks. Vitamin C, which is one of the primary ingredients in pineapple, has been shown to be effective in lowering uric acid levels in the blood.

How Much Pineapple Juice Is Safe?

While pineapple juice is effective in treating and preventing gout, there are some side effects associated with it. Bromelain in pineapple is a powerful enzyme that may lead to stomach disorders, nausea and diarrhea.

Pineapple juice should be avoided during pregnancy as it can cause the contraction of uterus, which might result to miscarriage. When taken in large quantity, it can lead to swelling of the lips, tongue, and cheeks.

Protein is a crucial nutrient that helps rebuild muscle cells. Because bromelain breaks down protein, it should be avoided by people who want to gain muscles.

If you are looking for the magic bullet, this is not it, but it plays it’s part in the fight against gout and I am grateful to have it as one of my many weapons.

Does Olive Oil Help Gout?

Does Olive Oil Help Gout?

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Are you a male with a family history of gout? Do you drink alcohol and consider yourself overweight? Well, you could be on your way to becoming one of the 840 out of 100,000 Americans who are affected by gout.

According to the National Institute on Aging, the factors mentioned above are the most common risk factors for gout and actually increase your chance of developing a case of the King’s disease by 75%.

Still, even though 1 out of every 4 people with gout has been found to have a family history of gout, scientists maintain that anyone can be affected.

Characterized by deep persistent pain that attacks the joint especially at night, Gout is a form of arthritis caused by a build-up of a chemical called uric acid in the joints.

Mostly associated with over indulgence of alcohol and sugary foods, Gout has been around for over 2,000 years and is one of the longest known disease to man, but primarily the wealthy who could afford sugar.

In the same respect, this form of arthritis has one of the widest treatment spectrum, among these, olive oil has been identified as an effective remedy.

Can one of the oldest foods known to man be the solution to a similarly ancient ailment? Does olive oil help gout? In this read get to know how olive oil can alleviate the symptoms of gout and how it compares to other popular forms of treatment.

How Does Olive Oil Help Gout?

With more than 24 anti-inflammatory nutrients and at least 9 different categories of polyphenols, Olive oil is unarguably a powerful natural anti-inflammatory.

Keeping in mind that the primary cause of gout is inflammation ( a results from the buildup of crystallized uric acid in joints) you start to understand how an anti-inflammatory agent like Olive oil can offer alleviation to the symptoms of gout.

In fact, the polyphenols and anti-inflammatory nutrient reported to be present in olive oil have the ability to suppress at most 100 genes that cause inflammation.

For better understanding, Polyphenols are a large family of natural compounds that are widely distributed in plants like olive and the lychee fruit.

Studies have shown that Polyphenols possess anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties apart from being anti-inflammatory.

According to a recent study published in Journal of Functional Food, Polyphenols were reported to lower uric acid through the inhibition of xanthine oxidase (an enzyme responsible for catalyzing the oxidation of xanthine to uric acid).

The study concluded that Polyphenols were effective for prevention and treatment of gout. Therefore, polyphenols in combination with the powerful anti-flammatory property of olive oil makes it part of an effective solution for the thousands of Americans whose lives are affected by gout.

How To Include Olive Oil In Your Diet For Gout Relief

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil a day is recommended for reduction of the production of uric acid and reduction of inflammation in the joints .

Given that olive oil has a multitude of other healing properties including the ability to improve your cardiovascular health and your digestive system as well, you really stand to gain much from this century-old form of treatment.

Alternatively, you could also use olive leaf extracts in the same way since they too have the same nutrients as the olive fruit.

As a matter of fact, natives of the Mediterranean region recognize the use of olive leaves as traditional treatment for arthritis and gout. You could also use cold pressed extra olive oil in place of cooking oil.

Unlike butter or vegetable oils, cold pressed extra virgin oil is non-saturated and low in calories meaning you get to kill two birds with one stone; alleviate gout symptoms while reducing your caloric intake.

As if the medical properties of Olive oil aren’t enough, studies have proven that olive oil is just as potent as Ibuprofen or Aspirin and can actually be used as a healthier alternative.

In the studies, 3 tablespoons of olive oil were equated to a 200 mg tablet of aspirin and declared to be just as effective.

However, it is important to mention that Ibuprofen or Aspirin can cause damage to kidneys and the stomach making olive oil, once more, the best choice for anyone looking to treat their gout.

Unfortunately not every olive oil brand in the market can produce the same effects as those mentioned in this read.

For the best results, you need to emphasize on the terms ‘cold pressed’ which means that minimal heating was used during the pressing of the oil to preserve its nutrients, and ‘extra virgin’ which means the oil is a product of the first pressing and hence most rich in antioxidants and Polyphenols. This is where I purchase my olive oil.

What are other forms of popular treatment for gout and how do they compare with olive oil?

Hold On! Before We Get Into Popular Treatments!

Diet is what caused your problem and it’s exactly how you fix it. There is no magic bullet with gout, but there is relief.

Everyone talks about purines and high purine foods, but what causes your body to overproduce purines or uric acid? Why did you all of a sudden develop gout?

You’ve broken your body by putting garbage into your body, plain and simple.

You have to learn some new recipes… unless you want to suffer the rest of your life.

Let’s get real, food is to the body as oil, gas, water and grease are to cars.  Put garbage in it and you will pay the price. Everything is cause and effect. It’s basic physics.

Here is the cookbook that has led me to being gout attack free for right at 5 years as of this writing.

If you’re tired of suffering, but that damn book, if not, suffer and hang up your search for solutions, because the rest of the “more popular”  methods will keep you in a vicious cycle and trap.

Remember, the solutions below are treating the symptoms of the problem, not the actual problem.

1. Colchicine

At a recommended dose of 0.5mg 2-4 times a day, Colchicine is available in tablet form and works to numb the persistent pain quite synonymous with gout.

This form of medication is to be administered at the start of an attack and therefore diagnosed individuals are allowed to keep their own supply. However, unlike olive oil which is natural and has no side effects, colchicine tablets may cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea or vomiting.

It gets worse. Many have died with just one 0.5 or 0.6 milligram dose of this drug. It’s nothing to be played with.

2. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

This is a form of treatment that is taken orally for the purposes of alleviating the pain associated with gout. Unlike olive oil which suppresses the production of uric acid through the action of Polyphenols, NSAIDs have no effect on the amount of uric acid in the body.

This treatment features a ‘top limit’ beyond which it cannot reduce the amount of pain regardless of any increase in dosage.

On the other hand, olive oil possess the ability to suppress up to a hundred genes that cause inflammation.

3. Corticosteroids

These are anti-inflammatory hormones that are taken orally or injected in to the body. They are known to induce bone thinning and decrease the ability of the body to heal on its own.

Olive oil does just the opposite, not only has it been found to increase bone density, but it also improves the overall immunity of the body.

Dear reader, as is quite evident, Olive oil has the ability to effectively prevent and treat gout even more effectively than popular forms of treatments. The verdict couldn’t be any more obvious.

Attacks of sharp persistent pains crawling into your joints in the wee hours of the night need not be an affliction that you must live with. Furthermore, you do not have to put your health at risk by exposing your body to treatments that have dangerous side-effects.

Olive oil as a remedy provides you with a natural and healthy treatment option that will not only save you from the pain but keep other ailments at bay as well.

Although my praise for olive oil is high, we must keep things in perspective. I was once told to see things as they are, but not worse than they are, but when it comes to gout, in hopes of relief, we need to see things as they are, not better than they are.

You’re not going to fix gout with a silver bullet. It takes a change in lifestyle and eating habits, but not like most push.

You can see how I’ve become gout free mainly through diet and a few supplements, and I believe you can too.

I will release what you’ve been looking for soon, and it’s free (for now anyway).

Cherry Juice For Gout: The Complete Story

Cherry Juice For Gout: The Complete Story

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Do a little word association. If I say the word “gout”, what do you think of? Do you think of old men or pork? You probably don’t hear much about gout, though it effects millions of people each year.

Specifically, over 8 million people have gout. In 2008 alone, 8.3 million people reported that they had been diagnosed by their doctors with gout! While gout is considered to predominately effect men, the numbers become much more even after women reach menopause. After that time, the rate of gout in men vs. women is almost even.

So what exactly is gout? Gout is an incredibly painful form of arthritis caused by a build up of uric acid crystals in the bloodstream. It usually effects the big toe, but can cause pain in other joints as well.

Uric acid is naturally found in our bloodstreams, but when too much of it builds up, it forms into crystals. Those crystals build up in the big toe, causing debilitating pain.

The pain is often described as a fire, and sufferers report not even being able to have a sheet over their toes when a gout attack hits. To make matters worse, flare ups traditionally wake patients from their sleep because they occur most often in the middle of the night.

To understand how to treat gout, we have to understand how it got started in the first place. While genetics play a part, lifestyle factors are largely to blame for gout symptoms. Meat is traditionally blamed for gout, because it effected mostly the ruling classes in earlier times.

Now we know that sugar and alcohol are more damaging and more likely to cause gout. The best treatments, in addition to lifestyle changes, come in a combination of homeopathy and scientific medicine (I have made it over 3 years without pharmaceuticals, so stick with me if that is your goal).

One of your secret weapon at home: cherries.

Don’t use just any cherries though. The type of cherry can make all the difference. So which cherries do you eat? Is it better to have the whole fruit or the juice? Are supplements as effective? Let’s talk about those things.

What Causes Gout?

So you know the basic causes of gout, but how does your body go from taking in too much sugar to having your big toe feel like it’s on fire? We’ll break that down now in plain language.

The foods you eat are broken down into enzymes and proteins. Your body funnels these where they need to go, and then your body uses them as fuel to run or building materials. When you eat more than you need of something, your body has to do something with it.

With water soluble things, you excrete them through your urine. The process from food to gout is begun with purines. The purines are filtered through your kidneys. When your kidneys get too much to filter properly, they end up in your bloodstream as uric acid. Different foods contain different amounts of purines.

While the science is not exact, sugar jacks these levels way up. This includes sugar from fruit, soda, and alcohol. All that uric acid can’t just hang out in your bloodstream, so the bits of it bond together into crystalline structures that have sharp edges. The sharp edges in these crystals cause them to stick together. They get all clumped up in your big toe, and your body responds as it would to any foreign object. The big toe swells. The more swelling that happens, the more those crystals stab.

The resulting redness and burning is incredible. A gout attack can last a few days up to over a week. After it goes away, it might be a few weeks, a few months, or even a few years before you experience another one. The goal, obviously is to lessen the time an attack lasts and to extend the time between attacks.

How Cherries Help With Gout

So now you know how your food can turn into gout. The next question is: how do we stop it? Let’s talk about how that secret weapon can reduce your gout symptoms and lengthen the time between attacks.

Scientists have been astounded by what they’ve learned about a simple cherry’s ability to help gout patients. Recent studies involving hundreds of patients concluded that gout sufferers who at one cup of cherries every day reduced their likelihood of another attack by 35%. More cherries equaled a lower risk of attack.

How do cherries help? I told you earlier that the foods you eat are broken down into parts. When cherries are broken down, your body puts parts like bioflavonoids and anthocyanins to work. Simply, these things fight inflammation and lessen uric acid levels in the blood.

Less uric acid in the blood means less work your kidneys have to do, keeping the buildup of uric acid down and eliminating those harsh, sharp crystals.

It takes as few as two servings of cherries every day to get your uric acid down a significant amount. Doing this over a long period of time can help you keep steady control over your uric acid levels, all but eliminating symptoms when combined with other pro-gout foods and foodstuffs like apple cider vinegar.

What makes cherries that one magic bullet though? Don’t other fruits have the compounds that can help your gout? Yes and no. First, let’s get something clear. There are no magic bullets for gout. A change in lifestyle is the only sure method to winning this fight, but back to the cherries because they do help from my personal experience.

Anthocyanins 1 and 2 are found in the best concentration in cherries. Other fruits usually only contain one of the two types. Cherries also pack bioflavonoids and antioxidants too, making them basically a gout super fruit.

Bioflavonoids act as both an antioxidant and as an anti inflammatory agent. Antioxidants in cherries help prevent uric acid from building up.

All these things together make cherries perfect, but what kind of cherries are the best for gout?

Sweet Cherries vs Tart Cherries For Gout

When you talk about cherries and gout, you hear two types of cherries first: tart and sweet: Comparing the two can help you decide what’s best for your body.

Tart cherries have much high concentrations of anthocyanins, three times as much in fact. The anthocyanins are what give tart cherries their deep, rich color and their healing abilities.

While sweet cherries are much tastier than their tart friends, you have to eat more of them to help with your gout. More sweet cherries means eating more sugar, and we discussed that sugar is one of the things that is causing your gout in the first place.

Making tart cherry juice drinkable is the biggest hurdle. In juice form, you can mix it with other things to enhance the flavor, which tart cherries on their own are harder to work with.

Try mixing your tart cherry juice in with some green tea or sparkling water. Much like cranberries, the flavor is strong, so it can be used as a flavoring for beverages.

The Black Cherry Extract

Another things you might consider is black cherries. While they are not a replacement for tart cherries, they can provide protection against gout symptoms as well. Black cherry extract is a great source of antioxidants and is well known to help joint pain.

Black cherry extract also helps process the uric acid in your system, and you want to do anything you can to keep that uric acid from building up and crystallizing.

It’s common to take one or two doses of black cherry extract three times per day, but talk to your doctor first. Consulting your physician can head off any problems you might have. It also allows you to scientifically track your progress so you know what is helping and how much.

Cherry Extract Pills & Supplements

If drinking cherry juice is just too much for you, pills and supplements are available. While they are helpful, following instructions and measuring doses is incredibly important here!

The first thing to consider is the brand you choose. Many brands of supplements have recently been accused of making fraudulent claims as to what is in their pills. Independent testing revealed the brands using filler products instead of the listed ingredients. When in doubt, do your research and go with a brand that you trust.

The second thing to consider is an appointment with your doctor. Bring your research and a list of questions with you to the appointment. Let your doctor know that you’d like to start taking the supplements, and get an opinion.

This will do several things for you. First, if you have any allergy or negative reaction, your doctor will know where it’s coming from. Secondly, you can track your progress medically through tests, which lets your assess your progress scientifically to tailor the best program for you.

Homeopathy should always be used alongside the medical advice and treatment of your doctor. You should also use it with the same care you use when your doctor gives you instructions. If you have a prescription that tells you how much and when to take a medicine, you follow those instructions. Homeopathic supplements should be taken with the same care and discipline to be effective.

With supplements, consider dosage and efficacy when choosing a product. Also remember that dried cherry in a supplement will take longer to digest than cherry juice, and you should allow for that time.

Combining Homeopathic Medicine And Traditional Medicine For Gout

There is not one simple magic pill to cure your gout. Different things help in different amounts. It varies person to person. You want to attack the cause of the problem, the symptoms, and the disease itself. Cherries help a lot with these things, but they may not be enough for you.

I want to warn against adding things to your routine without thought, research, or discipline. Just pouring some cherry juice now and again will not help you, and it will likely put you off of finding help for your gout. Anything you take, use a measured dose at regular intervals. Use the same discipline you’d apply to traditional medication.

Your doctor can test the uric acid buildup in your blood. If your doctor knows that you are going to start a line of treatment like cherries, they can test your baseline uric acid levels.

They can also provide regular testing to see how much the cherries are helping. This allows you and your doctor to work as a team, adjust your dosages, and find exactly what works for you.

Your doctor can also provide Cox-2 inhibitors via certain NSAIDS. Cox 1 and 2 are enzymes that promote inflammation. An inhibitor, found in some NSAIDS, can reduce the inflammation and keep it down.

There are many things you can use to help manage pain and inflammation. Use cherries, apple cider vinegar, eliminate alcohol and as much sugar as you can from your diet and you will see marked improvements.

 

Your Diet Is The Number 1 Way To Stop Gout Attacks Before They Start

It’s really strange that most do not take diet seriously, but given the (excuse the language) crap that is out there, even main stream science based medicine is full of hogwash.

What you need is a cookbook that gives you what you need to eat and how to prepare it. Let’s be frank, most will not change their diet if it taste like 20 year old cracker that was lost in the pantry. But the book I am suggesting is not like that. It made it easy for me to not only change my diet, it made me change my mind about food in general. You can find this book here. I promise, you’ll thank me later.

How Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For Gout?

How Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For Gout?

Gout

If you ask somebody diagnosed with gout about how the symptoms of a flare up or “gouty” attack feel, you can bet your dollar on the fact that the first response is going to be a wince of pain.

This is because as far as a victim is concerned, even the thought of the next attack elicits anxiety and mental agony.

Symptoms and Manifested Signs

Most victims of the condition have reported experiencing “pre-attack symptoms” that may occur a couple of hours prior to the actual attack.

These symptoms include stiffness and an itchy feeling around the affected joint. There is also tingling, mild burning sensation and a sore feeling around the joint. Not more than an hour or two after these warnings, the agony of the actual attack sets in completely.

The big toe is generally the most commonly affected joint, but an attack can occur just about at any joint such as the ankles, knees, or even the hands.

A flare-up episode can last anywhere from a day to a couple of months depending on the condition and the patient.

Other victims of the condition have no such warning symptoms, and the attack can occur suddenly, even when you’re sleeping in the middle of the night.

Once the attack begins, there is little you can do to reverse it quickly unless you know exactly what to do; but thankfully, there are simple home remedies that you can apply to make the pain much more bearable and less uncomfortable and there are some products that people rave about.

This actually works well at stopping gout attacks and even preventing them, and it’s not just my opinion, there are many like myself.

As a gout sufferer, I know ACV works at relieving gout pain. Take two table spoons in a glass of water and within an hour, you will feel some relief.

What Causes Uric Acid Elevation

Now to the real question, how does uric acid get elevated beyond healthy levels?

There are a wide range of factors that can contribute to elevation of uric acid levels beyond optimal levels. These include excessive alcohol consumption, , sugar/fructose, certain foods, consistently high stress levels, and even some medications can lead to elevated uric acid and subsequently a gout attack.

Over the years, health care professionals have been looking at gout from various perspectives to better understand the causative factors and to design a viable treatment solution for gout attacks.

The reality is that your diet as a gout sufferer is the no. 1 factor in gout. You can manage your gout, virtually eliminating it with proper diet.

I am now 5 years without an attack after having over a year of very traumatic and continuous gout attacks. Here is the cookbook that turned it all around for me.

There are plenty of home remedies that have been implemented by victims to keep the symptoms at bay. Apple Cider Vinegar is considered among the most popular and proven agents that have been used for decades to fight against gout, but there are no silver bullets.

If you want to avoid gout attacks as a whole, you need to work on your diet.

Apple Cider Vinegar - Age Old Miracle Worker

Apple cider Vinegar is not something that just popped out of nowhere a couple of years ago on the medical scene.

Created from fermented apple juice, the miracle vinegar has been actively used as a generic cure for a wide variety of health conditions since 1958.

According to Vermont country doctor, D.C. Jarvis who has written a comprehensive book that informs readers about the virtues of the vinegar, especially in the background of its treating capabilities for conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and even as an effective treatment for excessive weight.

The only factor that prevents the miracle worker from breaking on to the mainstream is the fact that there is no conclusive scientific proof that it actually has any positive role in curing these conditions…unless you look closer at what ACV brings to people who suffer from gout.

So how does ingesting this vinegar benefit gout patients? For starters, it comes packed tight with valuable nutrients like potassium, iron, and calcium which have been proved to be highly effective against gout symptoms.

That being said, it also needs to be mentioned that the most potent active ingredient contained in this potent vinegar is acetic acid.

The remarkable characteristic of acetic acid is that while it maintains all the characteristics of a typical acid outside the body, once it enters the body, it transforms into an alkaline agent that disrupts the favorable environment required for gout.

The Gout Mix

The standard modus operandi for the treatment of gout attack includes drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (with mother) along with a cup of water two times during the day. Drinking the vinegar results in the break-up uric acid crystals and it essentially stops the process of reformation in the joints.

Regular apple cider vinegar works some, but you are getting less than half of the effect unless you have ACV with mother, and yes, as you know, when the pain is bad, a 50% extra drop in pain is worth buying ACV with mother.

I personally use the capsules now because I don’t like the taste of apple cider vinegar, but they don’t work as well, but  the taste of ACV is terrible from my perspective. It’s an all out struggle to down the dastardly stuff as a drink.

Things You Should Know

More extensive research is being done to explore in greater detail the benefits of apple cider vinegar on the body, specifically in relation to the treatment of gout. Hopefully, we may be looking at an “apple-cider-vinegar pill” that cures the symptoms instantly, but perhaps it is just wishful thinking. Though there has been no reported cases of any harm being done through its consumption, it’s always best to keep your doctor in the loop about its usage.

If you want to know how I control my gout, you may want to read how I’ve been attack free for over 3 years with simple changes to my diet and nothing to sell. No ebooks, no products, no scams, just pure information you will not hear from your doctor or few, if any other sources other than here on my blog.

Sometimes the answer is right in front of us and we still don’t see it for what it is. Then you have the profit margins of pharmaceutical companies who would rather sell the drugs than a cure or natural management system, like small changes to diet.

I am by no means advocating that you drop your doctor or pharmaceuticals because believe me, if I ever have another severe attack, I will be headed to my doctor for a round of prednisone so fast that you will think superman flew by. But if you can eliminate daily doses of man made drugs with the same basic results, why take potentially dangerous drugs long term?