Gout is a form of arthritis that usually results in pain in the big toe but can also affect other small joints in the feet and hands. Those who experience it know that it can even make simple tasks like walking painful and difficult. It can form when uric acids build up in the joints, especially the big toe. Fortunately, there are some excellent natural remedies that can help. But before I explore the natural medicines, let’s first review the foods to avoid when it comes to healing gout:
Certain foods contain high amounts of substances known as purines that can cause uric acid buildup as they are metabolized in the body. The foods that are best reduced or avoided include:
organ meats like liver or giblets
alcohol (particularly beer)
foods and beverages that contain high-fructose corn syrup
The Best Natural Remedies for Gout
Cherries and Cherry Juice
Although many people opt for aspirin as the first course of action when they have a gout flare-up, aspirin can actually aggravate the problem. However, tart cherry extract has been found to not only alleviate the inflammation but reduce the pain of gout. Only two tablespoons of the concentrated juice, which is found in many health food stores, needs to be taken daily for effective results. Alternatively, eat approximately 20 cherries daily (tart or sweet are both effective).
Celery and Celery Seeds
James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds, including a substance called apigenin, which is powerful in its anti-inflammatory action. You can eat celery as sticks, add it to soups, salads, stews and curries. If you’re not sure how to use celery seeds, you can add them to soups, stews, or use as a salt substitute in many recipes. You can also eat celery seed bread in place of garlic bread. Or use both garlic and celery seeds for a taste sensation. Simply brush olive oil on whole grain or gluten-free bread and sprinkle with celery seeds (and chopped fresh garlic, if using) and bake in a 300 degree Fahrenheit oven until golden brown.