Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Natural Gout Treatments Anyone Can Use

5 Ways to Get Rid of Gout Pain

If you have ever had gout, here are 5 natural gout treatments you can use to get rid of gout while reducing the chances you'll have another attack. At the very least, these remedies for gout will help you reduce the intensity of future attacks.

1. Blueberries. Blueberries are a great natural gout treatment. Blueberries contain excellent anti-inflammatory properties known as anthocyanins. This useful flavonoid is not only good for gout but also other health problems like heart disease and cancer. Blueberries also possess vitamin C which lowers uric acid levels, the most important of all gout causes.

2. Pineapples. Another great way on how to get rid of gout pain is to eat pineapples. Pineapples help reduce pain and prevent further gouty arthritis attacks. They produce an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain also helps reduce swelling. It can be taken as a supplement, but you should consult your doctor, especially if you are taking such medicines as aspirin and coumadin (Warfarin). Otherwise, bromelain can be a very effective alternative preventative therapy.

Pineapples also add potassium to your diet. Potassium helps the body eliminate uric acid. This fruit also contains folic acid. Folic acid is a B-complex vitamin and helps repair damaged tissue scarring caused during an attack. You can use this to supplement other natural remedies for gout that you use.

3. Strawberries. Strawberries main claim to helping with this arthritic disease is it's high quantities of vitamin C compared to many other fruits. Strawberries, along with pineapples also consist of quercitin. Quercitin can be bought as a supplement and reduces swelling.

4. Bananas. Bananas main ingredient for treating gout is potassium. Again, potassium is known to help turn uric acid crystals into liquid so the kidneys can eliminate them from the body. These crystals are what cause the pain and damage to joints during an attack.

5. Grapes. Grapes also contain anthocyanins. The darker the variety of grapes, the greater the quantity of these flavonols. So choose a darker grape if you are trying to overcome an attack or prevent a future one.

Using these 5 natural gout treatments will help you reduce or eliminate current and future attacks. I eat fruits regularly because of their positive effects on gouty arthritis and I have also used bromelain and quercitin, both with good results.

Until later,


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gout Cures|Fish Oil

3 Ways Fish Oil Helps Get Rid of Gout

This blog is dedicated to finding natural gout cures you can use to help you overcome painful attacks. One of the best ways to do this is to take a supplement of fish oil. Fish oil is a great natural remedy for gout pain for a variety of reasons.

Today, we will discuss 3 of them.

Fish oil reduces swelling

Fish oil has been found to be as effective as ibuprofen and aleve for reducing swelling in joints. Most of gout pain comes from the swelling in your joints. By reducing this swelling, you can reduce your painful gout symptoms.

Fish oil is great for your heart

Fish oil has long been noted to be beneficial in helping prevent or slow down heart disease. I personally used a fish oil supplement every day long before I found out it can help with gout.

By increasing the health of your heart, you will be more likely to exercise more often and reduce your weight. Seeing how being overweight is a major problem among gout patients, fish oil can be beneficial. Also, gout sufferers are at a higher risk of heart disease due to usually being overweight.

I highly recommend that you don't go to just any store and get fish oil. Lower grade fish oil can contain metals so you will want to get a higher grade distilled fish oil that gets the metals out of the oil.

As for whether you should take a liquid versus capsule it is a personal choice. I personally take a capsule. If you wish to take the liquid but are not thrilled with sucking down the oil, Carlson's has a high quality fish oil that has lemon flavoring added to it to help you get it down.

A great resource for other useful supplements that help with reducing swelling can be found at alternative cures. Terry has a great blog on alternative methods of curing diseases and has a link on the post to a place you can get high quality health supplements.


Fish Oil helps heal damaged joints

Again, gout patients tend to be overweight and the excess weight, plus the multiple episodes of gout attacks can destroy your joints.

Fish oil has been found to help heal damaged joints which will enable you to exercise and lose weight. Be sure to see your physician before you start exercising.

Give fish oil a try. I use it every day.

Until later,


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Make Money Online with Gout Treatments Products

As you know this blog is dedicated to various gout treatments, especially natural gout treatments you can use to help you get rid of painful gout attacks. Having suffered gout attacks for many years, I am passionate about helping people overcome this crippling disease.

One of the things I enjoy about blogging is helping people, but while I am helping people in their quest to get rid of their gout pain, I also get to make a few bucks along the way.

How do I do this? Mostly through two methods, Affiliate sales and Adsense. I admit I do not make a lot of money on this blog, but I do make a few bucks enabling me enjoy some of the fruits of my labor. Well, you can too!

Gout may seem like a narrow topic, but there are many aspects of gout you can use to make money online with gout treatments products. On average, anywhere from 420,000 to 550,000 people search for information on gout every month according to keyword research tools such as wordtracker and the google adwords keyword tool.

How Can I Learn to Make Money without getting scammed?

The best and most trusted online resource I use to learn how to move up the Google ladder is Grizzly Brears at make money online for beginners. Grizz, as he's known on his site, has an incredible amount of knowledge about website ranking. He is ranked on the first page of google for the term make money online and usually hovers in the top 5. Occasionally, he is #1 or #2.

He knows what he is doing, he likes to help others, he is not out to rip you off, and he is a pretty cool guy. The lessons he has taught me, has helped me consistently stay on the first page of google for one of the main keywords I am using to get traffic to this site.

Let's face it. Whether you are interested in making money or not, it does you no good to have a blog where you can write passionately about whatever topic you desire if no one is around to read it. To have consistent traffic, it is important to rank well on Google. Google receives approximately 60% of all search engine traffic. Grizz is the man to teach you how to climb to the top.

Until later,


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Gout Treatments News

Sorry for the delay in posting lately. It has been a very busy summer. I am getting ready to teach an EMS class in the evenings and have been busy preparing for my lessons, plus summer is the busy season for my area as I live in a tourist area. Our population triples in the summer.

The purpose of this website is to bring you information on different types of gout treatments while mostly focusing on natural remedies and therapies. I ran across an alarming news article. Seeing how a few of my readers are from New Zealand I thought I would mention the article.

According to this article in the New Zealand Times,which you can see here, gout is on the rapid rise among certain ethnic groups in New Zealand. Ultimately, the article comes down to the conclusion the problem is dietary with a lack of exercise. As we've discussed in the past, the average gout patient eats an unhealthy diet and lacks exercise, so a warning should go out to all of us who have this disease.

The article goes into the very basics of what causes gout, the problems associated with gout, such as debilitating joints and having to miss work. Many of the workers in question lost their jobs due to missing work. Another problem was lack of education among those who had the disease, to include the fact they had gout, what caused it, and possible treatments.

Gout can be overcome as the article states, and we have quite a few gout remedies on this site. Please browse around and look at the natural gout treatments we have mentioned. Also, feel free to mention this site to those you know have gout.

Until later,


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Gout Treatments| Watermelons

Watermelon: A Gout Treatments Remedy You Can Enjoy

The dog days of summer are here. Gout foods you should avoid are being barbecued every day. But you can help your diet with watermelon. Watermelon plays a great role in any natural gout treatments plan. Supermarket floors are crowded with crates of watermelons this time of year, so they are plentiful in supply. Take advantage of this time of year.

Besides using gout treatments such as cherries, watermelons provide fresh alternatives to trying the same methods continuously. As much as I like cherries, after a while, I desire to try something different.

Three Ways Watermelon treats Gout

1)They Neutralize Uric Acid

Watermelons contain potassium. As we've discussed in previous posts, potassium neutralizes uric acid. A serving of watermelons contain virtually the same amount of potassium as a serving of pineapples. While it is only 2% of the daily allowance of potassium, using watermelon as one of your gout therapies will add up when combined with other efforts.

2)They lower Uric Acid

High levels of uric acid is the main culprit that leads to gout pain. Watermelons are great remedies in that they are full of vitamin c which has been shown to lower uric acid levels. According to wikipedia, watermelons are full of vitamin C. They have approximately 14% of your daily value per serving. Adding watermelons to other natural gout remedies such as grapes, pineapples, and blueberries, and you will be on your way to not only reducing your overall levels, but you'll be on your way to eating healthier and losing the weight the most gout patients need to lose.

3)They are full of water

The overwhelming majority of watermelons are made up of water. In fact, approximately 2/3 of watermelons are made up of water. Water works well on several fronts. First, it helps you to be hydrated which will help your kidneys pass your excess uric acid crystals which causes gout much easier. This will lower your levels. Secondly, water will help you to lose weight. Most people in today's society are dehydrated and this is true of gout sufferer's as well. Eating one piece of watermelon is like drinking one glass of water. Your cells will function more properly all the way around. You will feel better and be less likely to have an acute gout attack. It will also help you treat one if you do have an attack.

Watermelon is a great holistic food for gout and I highly recommend it, especially this time of year when watermelons are in season.

Until later,


Monday, August 4, 2008

Gout Treatments: April 2009 Privacy Policy Update

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Gout Treatments: Why Weight Loss Should Be Your #1 Goal

Making Weight Loss Your Primary Gout Treatments Method

In our last post on how to get rid of gout, we saw how improving your overall health will help reduce or even eliminate future attacks. Since most gout patients tend to be overweight, one of the most important gout treatments therapies should be to lose weight.

So how does one go about losing weight. The internet, tv, and magazines are filled with gimmicks, fads, and often fraudulent claims on how you can lose weight quickly. If you are prone to gout pain, avoid the quick methods of weight loss. You may lose weight quickly, but at what expense?

Moderation is the Key

Shedding the pounds too quickly is very counterproductive. First of all, you usually lose mostly water weight and muscle. Very little fat is lost. Secondly, by losing weight quickly your body usually rejects your efforts making it less likely you will continue.

As far as gout is concerned, losing weight too fast can be painful. When you get rid of excess baggage you not only don't usually lose fat, you also increase the percentage of uric acid in your body. Since you've lost water weight, the uric acid is more likely to crystallize and you tend to get painful gout attacks.

Also, since you are not properly hydrated due to the lost water weight, your kidneys have to work harder to excrete the excess uric acid making effective treatment of your symptoms of gout even harder than if you had kept the excess weight on.

Go slowly and choose your diet wisely

Losing those extra pounds slowly will not only increase the chances you will keep the weight off, you will be more likely to lose the fat versus muscle and water. Your kidneys will thank you as processing the uric acid will be much easier. Your joints will thank you as the uric acid will not overwhelm them, and you will thank yourself by avoiding gout pain.

Recommended diet

Multitudes of diets exist and results widely vary. The best remedies should include lots of fruits and vegetables and lean meats. One of the best choices is the Mediterranean Diet. Click on the link for good information about the healthy Mediterranean weight loss diet and how it compares to other diets.

If you are serious about getting rid of gout and you are overweight, losing weight must be one of the key remedies of your gout treatments program.

Until later,


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Get Rid of Gout|Why Improved Health is Vital to Get Rid of Gout

Simple Gout Cures Any Determined Person Can Do

If you are serious about getting rid of gout, you simply cannot downplay the importance your overall health plays in your ability to treat this arthritic disease. Most people who have attacks are generally overweight, and their diet contains very unhealthy foods which contribute to high uric acid levels, the chief cause of gout symptoms.

Gout (hyperuricemia) is caused by either overloading your body with purines to the point your body is not able to deal with the excess uric acid produced by the high purine content or by your kidneys not being able to properly eliminate even normal levels of purines.

So How do You Improve Your Health?

Proper diet and exercise are crucial gout treatments if you truly want to improve your health and get rid of gout.

Proper diet

Lowering your intake of high purine foods goes to the heart of what causes gout. Many high purine foods are high in fat and deter your ability to lose weight effectively. Common high purine foods are hamburgers, hot dogs, and bacon. We all know these foods would never make a list of foods to help you improve your health. Decrease your amount of these foods or better yet, eliminate them altogether.

Drinking multiple sodas a day increases your risk of gout by 50%. The empty calories also add to your weight problem, further increasing your risk of gout by putting more stress on your kidneys. Not to mention, high sugar content has been linked with increased risk of cancer.

Diet sodas hinder weight loss. They have been found to increase your hunger and some health experts believe that diet sodas are even worse than drinking regular sodas, especially due to increased risk of cancer from the chemicals used in most diet soft drinks. Bottom line: get rid of soda. Drink water instead.

You can keep the coffee. 4-6 cups of coffee was found in a Canadian study to lower uric acid levels by 50%. Decaffeinated coffee was also found to lower uric acid. I personally drink organic Green Mountain decaffeinated coffee. I use my own grinder and grind the grounds at home.

You don't have to make wholesale changes all at once. In fact, this usually proves disastrous to long term health as most people quit due to the difficulty of making large lifestyle changes in a short time. A very easy goal to reach is one pound a week.

By doing just a few things a little at a time, you will help improve kidney function, reduce the stress load on your renal system, which will have the added benefit of reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. The benefits far outweigh the risks.

There are many alternative and natural methods of improving your overall health through diet. A great site to check out is Terry Didcott's site on alternative cures. His article on alternative cures for acne should not be overlooked by gout sufferers. The same diet problems contributing to acne also contribute to increased gout problems. His research on his site is solid and informative. He also has good articles on arthritis. Gout is a form of arthritis.


Exercise gives me fits due to the extensive history I had of serious gout attacks. I have had numerous attacks in both feet, ankles, knees, and especially my left wrist (this really stinks since I am left handed). Ironically, I have only ever had one attack in my big toe, the most common place to have gout.

I hardly ever have gout attacks anymore, but I do have a hard time exercising. Lack of exercise makes it hard for me to lose excess weight. Gout ravaging my joints is one of the reasons I decided I had to find a way to prevent any future attacks.

I have finally found a way to exercise. My friend is a physical therapist, and he is helping me overcome this problem. When your joints are damaged, he stated your blood supply doesn't heal your joints, synovial fluid does. He has designed easy exercises for me to increase the amount of fluid going to my joints without adding stress to them until they are healed enough to start strengthening them.


Proper diet and exercising wisely will not only help improve your joint and kidney health, but will help your overall health and getting rid of gout pain. If you choose not to lose weight, you can still reduce your painful symptoms, but your alternatives are mostly prescription medications. I, however, prefer to use natural gout treatments methods over medications.

Until later,


Monday, July 7, 2008

Vacation and Gout

Today, I leave for a week's camping trip. As I only post about once to twice a week, there really won't be any interruptions in posting. It has been a rough year as my father in law just passed away and was sick for most of this year, so we are going to take a well deserved break and enjoy the beauty of Northern Michigan.

Now, I shall put these gout treatments to further test. How can one go camping without eating the occasional hot dog or hamburger, neither of which are good for gout. I will have my cherry juice with me, but other than that, we shall see whether I have an attack or not.

Anyways, everyone have a great week.


Monday, June 30, 2008

Gout Treatments Survey

What Gout Treatments are You Interested in Learning About?

This post is to ask you what you would like to learn about gout treatments. Please feel free to post a comment so I can post about aspects of gout you are interested in.

1. How long have you suffered from gout?
2. What treatments for gout do you currently use, natural, prescription, or both?
3. What remedies would you like to hear more about?
4. Are you more interested in what causes gout or remedies to treat gout?

Again, please feel free to use the comments.


Monday, June 23, 2008

Should You Use Cherries for Gout?

Why Cherries are Vital to Your Gout Treatments Plan

This is the last installment of our Natural Gout Treatments series focusing on fruits and how they treat gout. This gout treatments series started with pineapples and now we are going to finish with the king of therapies for gout and arthritis, cherries.

What makes cherries potent in their ability to get rid of gout?

First up is quercitin. Quercitin helps get rid of gout by preventing swelling. It prevents swelling by inhibiting the release and production of histamine. Histamine causes inflammation. You see this a lot in people with severe allergic reactions. That is one of the reasons why those who have minor allergic reactions are told to use Benadryl, because it is an antihistamine.

There is a total of 3mg of quercitin in sweet cherries with a significant more amount in tart cherries.

You can also take quercitin as a supplement, but do not do this if you are on antibiotics. Make sure you tell your physician if you are taking quercitin so you can avoid any unnecessary complications from antibiotics.


Anthocyanins are what cause the dark colors in cherries. Anthocyanins are plentiful in cherries. "Twenty cherries provide 25 milligrams of anthocyanins, which help to shut down the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation in the first place, so cherries can prevent and treat many kinds of pain," says Muraleedharan Nair, the lead researcher on the cherry project at Michigan State University. The anthocyanins also may protect artery walls from the damage that leads to plaque build up and heart disease. In fact, the latest research shows that anthocyanins do a better job of protecting arteries than vitamins C and E.

--Wang, H. et al. 1999 Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory Activities of Anthocyanins and their Alglycon, Cyanid, from Tart Cherries. Journal of Natural Products 62(2): 294-296.

There are approximately 80-300mg of anthocyanins in pitted darker varieties of cherries so you may want to eat darker cherries more frequently than lighter varieties of cherries.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been a recurring theme in this series as all the foods in that have been mentioned contain Vitamin C. Read about how vitamin C is one of the best treatments for gout and how it is essential to helping you get rid of gout. Cherries contain 7mg of vitamin C per serving.


Another reason using cherries for gout is beneficial is due to fiber. Fiber helps you in your fight to lose weight which is a common factor with those who have gout symptoms. The average serving of cherries contains 2g of fiber. While this is not a huge amount ( recommended daily dose of fiber is 24g), it will get you started.

Cherry facts

Michigan produces 70-75% of all tart cherries in the United States with Montmerency cherries being the most harvested. I use King Orchard's Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate, also out of Michigan (2 oz. per day on average) as part of my gout treatments regimen except for mid-summer when cherry fruit stands come out in force. Then I eat all the fresh cherries for gout I can handle. The fresh cherries make a nice break from drinking the cherry juice. If you don't like cherry juice, another option is to take cherry concentrate in pill form.

For more information on cherries, here is an informative article on cherries and their great natural pain killing abilities. The source is from one of the great writers for "Mike the Health Ranger" at naturalnews.com. I am a regular reader of Mike's and if you are into natural remedies for whatever ails you or concerns you, I very highly recommend his site.

How effective is Cherry Juice for Gout?

Cherry juice is very effective for all the gout causes that we are aware of. I use cherry juice concentrate all the time. As long as the company you choose has quality cherries it will not matter which product you use. I personally have used Michelle's Cherry juice and King's cherry juice for gout and both have worked very well. I did not notice any difference in their effectiveness.

How much should you use? I use the concentrated formula because it is much cheaper. It can be around 7-8 dollars for a regular cherry juice and the same sized concentrated juice can cost around 19-20 dollars. That is quite the savings. A regular bottle will last me a day or two, while the concentrate will last me around a month. I simply pour 1-2 oz. in a regular sized glass and fill it full of water. If you use a small glass the cherry flavor can be a bit overwhelming. I do this once in the morning and once at night. If I feel that a gout attack is imminent or am feeling "twinges" I take another glass during the day. I believe cherry juice and gout go hand in hand if you want to get rid of the pain associated with this disease.

Which cherries should I choose?

Tart cherries for gout seem to have the most scientific basis for usage. Darker varieties have more anthocyanins so that is something to consider as well. Ultimately, they all will work fairly well. I personally usually use montmorency cherries.


When it comes to cherries and gout, whether you use tart cherries, bing cherries, or black cherries for gout, they are worth their weight in gold when it comes to gout remedies for this very painful type of arthritis. From helping with inflammation to lowering uric acid levels, they are the complete package. If you have gout and cherries are not part of your gout cures arsenal, make them part of it today.

Until later,


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Gout Treatments-Part 5|Blueberries

3 Ways Blueberries Help You Get Rid of Gout Pain

This is part five of a six-part installment on natural gout treatments. Click on the link for the beginning of this natural gout treatments series if you haven't had the chance to read the other parts of this series yet. So far we've discussed pineapples, grapes, bananas, and strawberries.

Todays post focuses on why blueberries should be a part of your gout treatments plan.


One of the main causes of gout is inflammation. Effective gout treatments should contain foods that have anti-inflammatory properties, and blueberries go to the root of the problem. Blueberries contain potassium which as we've seen throughout this treatments for gout series reduces inflammation and helps reduce uric acid levels. Blueberries have around 77mg of potassium per serving.


Blueberries also contain anthyocyanins. Anthocyanins are what give the blueberries their dark color. These have very powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are very good at fighting disease. This is also why cherries for gout are so well thought of.

The cause for swelling in affected joints is the formation of excess uric acid crystals and anthocyanins help reduce swelling by lowering your urate levels. Not to mention all the other benefits and cancer-fighting antioxidants that blueberries have, you can't go wrong eating these tasty treats.

A government study of anthocyanins in blueberries found that blueberries contained 7.2mg in fresh varieties, 4.3mg in dried varieties, frozen 1 month 8.1mg, and frozen 3 months 7.9mg. They are not quite as potent as cherries at 25 mg of anthocyanins per 20 cherries, but still quite good.

Vitamin C

As we've seen in earlier posts, vitamin C plays a very important role in treating gout. Vitamin C has been shown to lessen serum uric acid levels. Blueberries don't have a lot of vitamin C (around 10mg per serving), but they contain enough of the other elements such as anthocyanins that they are worth eating to help get rid of gout.

Overall, blueberries are an excellent choice to add to your gout treatments plan. Next up, and last in our series are the king of gout treatments, cherries.

Until later,


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gout Treatments-Part 4|3 Ways Strawberries Help Get Rid of Painful Gout Attacks

3 Ways Strawberries Help Get Rid of Gout

We are currently on a series on different methods of gout treatments. So far, we have discussed the ways that pineapples, grapes, and bananas help ease painful gout symptoms. Next up on the list are strawberries. We are almost into strawberry season so if you suffer from gout, please take the time to eat some fresh strawberries in the next couple months because they will help reduce your incidence and severity of gout attacks.

So how do strawberries help get rid of gout?

First of all, strawberries have a high Vitamin C content. As we saw for the other treatments for gout, at least three studies have reported that Vitamin C will either reduce uric acid levels or protect against gout. One study showed that vitamin C reduced uric acid by 10-15%. This alone is enough for me to make strawberries part of my gout treatments program.

Strawberries have a very high Vitamin C content compared to other fruits (59 mg per 100 gram serving) and they also contain a high quantity of flavonoids. Their flavonoids' profile (the anthocyanidins, flavan-3-ols and so on) is comparable to cherries, in some ways they do better than cherries for gout, the leading natural remedy for gout.

The Vitamin C in strawberries helps neutralize uric acid which will help lower the quantities of crystals found in your joints, which is what causes gout pain.

Another way strawberries help get rid of gout is by the flavonoid quercetin. Quercetin, the dietary supplement, is reportedly helpful in treating gout, because it's an antioxidant and because it may inhibit xanthine oxidase which will lower uric acid creation. Quercitin helps reduce inflammation and is found in strawberries. It is also found in pineapples, onions, and apples (the apples' skin). Grapefruits are another fine source as well as some green leafy vegetables.

As with the other fruits we've discussed, it is important to have a balance of different types of fruits and vegetables that can help you get rid of your gout. Strawberries all by themselves will reduce your incidences of gout, but not help you get rid of it altogether. So please consider using variety. Next up on our list is blueberries.

Until later,


Monday, May 12, 2008

Gout Treatment News

New Natural Gout Treatment Being Tested At Science Competition

I thought I'd take the quickly mention one of the possible new treatments for gout some of you may wish to keep an eye on. There is a science competition taking place in the United States and a group of Malaysian students is going to test a natural remedy that Malaysians have used for centuries for differing maladies.

The article stated, "Fatimah Thohirah Abdul Halim from SMK Wangsa Melawati said
she spent a year researching the potential benefits of local plant kelempayan
(Neolamarkcia cadamba) for the treatment of gout. "Kelempayan has always been used in traditional Malay treatment. We could be looking at the cure for gout
without nasty side effects as it is derived naturally," she said. "
This competition is slated to begin tomorrow through May 16th. You can read the whole article here.

Until later,


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Gout Treatments-Part 3|Bananas

Simple Ways Bananas Improve Your Gout Symptoms Naturally

This is the third installment of our series on gout treatments. The first two remedies mentioned in this series were pineapples and grapes. This series is meant to give you alternative gout treatments to consider so you can reduce or eliminate the sharp fiery pain that is so common among episodes of this painful disease. So how can bananas help improve your pain?

A Gout Treatment that Reduces Inflammation.

Bananas are loaded with potassium. Potassium is very critical when it comes to properly treating this condition. As has been mentioned in other posts, potassium helps to liquefy uric acid. The pain from gout is mostly caused by inflammation due to increased uric acid crystallization in the joints, most commonly in the big toe, but this can occur in other joints as well. The liquefying of those crystals helps them to move out of the joint and be processed for urination by the kidneys (your renal system). Your kidneys act as an equalizer and help bring the body into balance by lowering your body's uric acid content to normal (in medical terms this is called homeostasis).

Bananas have a moderate level of potassium. Whereas pineapples and grapes both have potassium, but are lower, bananas have around 10% of your daily recommended allowance for potassium (3500mg). The average banana contains approximately 358mg. Adding bananas to a fruit mix of pineapples and grapes would really help you get closer to increasing your potassium levels to where your body is able to properly eliminate the excess crystallization that is causing you pain. Another benefit to potassium is that it also helps prevent your body from becoming too acidic.

You can supplement potassium, but I seriously advise you to seek a physician as potassium needs to be kept in proper balance since it plays an important role in your heart rhythm regularity.

A Gout Treatment that Reduces Uric Acid Levels

As mentioned above, excess uric acid leads to crystallization in the joints. If you have gout banana helps combat this because they are loaded with vitamin C which has been shown to reduce uric acid levels by 10% when taken in enough quantities (500mg was the test quantity). An average serving of bananas contains approximately 15% of your daily total, although the recommended total is less than the 500mg used during the test results showing the decrease in uric acid due to vitamin C usage.

Vitamin C also helps with repairing connective tissue in your joints that the crystals are tearing down. This is vital in getting rid of gout pain .


Bananas, just like pineapples and grapes cannot beat gout alone. With their ability to go to the heart of gout pain by helping to reduce swelling and the crystallization that causes swelling bananas should be part of your natural treatments for gout program.

Until later,


Friday, May 2, 2008

Gout Treatments-Part 2|Grapes

How Grapes are Helping Gout Sufferers Reduce Their Pain

How many times have we heard that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables are crucial in our ability to get rid of gout. The fact that fruits are so effective as natural remedies for gout is the reason for this gout treatments series.

Next up on the list is grapes. Grapes are another natural gout remedy that is not commonly used as a gout treatments therapy. As with pineapples, grapes by themselves will not get rid of gout, but they have a lot of potential when used with other therapies. There are quite a few ways that grapes can help to relieve gout pain. The following list contains the properties of grapes that help ease your pain.


One of the benefits of eating grapes are they are made up mostly of water. In fact, they are roughly 2/3 composed of water. As we've seen in an earlier post on proper hydration as an effective natural gout treatments solution,water helps flush the extra uric acid out of your system, while helping to reduce inflammation. As I mentioned in that post, you can also help supplement your water intake by eating water dense foods, such as grapes. Water is an excellent gout treatments therapy no matter what form you take it in.


Quercitin is a flavonoid. Flavonoids are known to have beneficial anti-swelling abilities. Obviously, this is a major benefit in getting rid of gout pain as swelling is what causes the majority of a person's gout discomfort. As an extra benefit, quercitin is noted be a great cancer fighter due to it's ability to help fight off tumor growth. You should consider other foods with quercitin such as cherries, the king of gout treatments, to help ease gout attacks. Quercitin also comes in supplement form.


Anthocyanins are also flavonoids. Flavonoid compounds are thought to block the pain messages carried by the COX enzyme in the body. So, anthocyanins, as with quercitin helps to reduce swelling and block pain receptors simultaneously. They are found in dark skinned fruits, such as red grapes and cherries. The best grapes to take in your gout treatments arsenal are red grapes as white grapes were not found to have hardly any levels of anthocyanins.


Grapes, as with bananas also contain potassium. Whereas, bananas contain approx. 115mg of potassium per serving (100g or 3.5 oz), grapes contain approx. 191mg per serving. Combine these two fruits in a fruit salad to help you work towards your daily totals for potassium and fruit consumption.

As mentioned in the last post about pineapples and gout, potassium helps put uric acid into a solution versus being crystallized, which helps your kidneys excrete the excess uric acid out of your system.


Grapes are considered, as well as bananas to be alkaline inducing foods. Your body works on a pH balance and it is healthier for the body to be in an alkaline state versus an acidic state. Part of the problem with gout is the acidic nature of your blood. Grapes are fairly alkaline, despite having acids in them. It is the soluble salts such as salt of potassium in the grapes which make them alkaline. This helps neutralize the uric acid in your body thereby helping reduce your gout symptoms.

Vitamin C

Grapes also contain vitamin C which are a vital part of any gout treatments therapy. The vitamin C content in grapes is not huge, around 10mg, but it is helpful. Whereas grapes have more potassium than bananas, bananas have more vitamin C than grapes. Vitamin C is noted for preventing purines from forming into too much uric acid.


It is possible to find healthy natural gout treatments to cure your painful gout symptoms. Grapes are a great way to mix variety into your diet and is why grapes should be considered as one of the important cures in your gout treatments therapy.

Until later,


Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gout Treatments-Part 1 | Pineapples

If you've ever woken up in the middle of the night with gout pain, you know how important it is to have a gout treatments plan that works. The next series of posts are going to be dedicated to specific gout treatments that are known to have beneficial effects on treating gout. First up on the list is pineapples.

How Pineapples Ease Painful Gout Attacks

Pineapples are not usually the first food that comes to mind when it comes to getting rid of gout. So, is pineapple good for gout? Pineapples do have several beneficial properties that can help you when combined with other methods in your gout treatments program. So, what is it that pineapples have to offer that can help you overcome the painful symptoms of gout?


Potassium is very crucial when it comes to providing yourself with effective prevention therapies. Potassium helps turn uric acid into a solution your kidneys can get rid of more easily during urination. As stated in an earlier post on gout treatments, the suggested daily intake of potassium according to the government is 3500mg. While pineapples do not have an overwhelming amount of potassium, 115mg, when combined with the other therapeutic remedies pineapples contain, this is a fruit that is definitely worth making part of a gout treatments plan.


One of the biggest gout remedies benefits of using pineapple in treating this painful disease is that it contains bromelain. As a gout treatments remedy, bromelain is first-class. It is an anti-inflammatory enzyme that helps to digest protein molecules.

This enzyme can be purchased as a supplement. It can also be used effectively for arthritis, swelling from minor traumas, and digestive problems. It is sometimes used to aid in healing from post-surgical procedures. Another benefit of bromelain is that is known to be helpful as an anti-coagulant (blood thinner) which would be useful if you are prone to blood clots. Please remember, seek your physician's counsel before taking this supplement or any supplement prior to using as a treatment for any condition.

As with most things, too much of a good thing can pose risks. While studies have found that moderate doses revealed no notable side effects, higher supplementation can lead to possible heart rate increase, plus nausea and vomiting. Another downside is the likelihood of diarrhea at higher doses. It should not be used in conjunction with other blood thinners such as Coumadin (Warfarin) or Aspirin. Overall, bromelain is considered safe in moderation and is one of the best natural gout remedies available.

Vitamin C

Pineapple contains a lot of vitamin C which is very good at getting rid of gout pain. These delicious fruits contain on average 36mg which is 60% of the RDA for vitamin C. How does this vitamin make an efficient gout treatments tool? A study performed by Arthritis and Rheumatism (2005;52:1843–7) showed that 500mg of vitamin C administered over a two month period reduced uric acid levels by an average of 10%. While 36mg is not as potent as 500mg, it is a healthy way to get your vitamin C.

The reason why vitamin C works for gout treatments is it helps the kidneys to excrete greater amounts of uric acid. It also helps prevent purines from breaking down into uric acid. Uric acid in and of itself is not bad for you, in fact, it is very beneficial to your body. The problem arises when the uric acid is not able to be metabolized very well by the body or overwhelms the body. This is where vitamin C can help you in your treatment of gout.

Folic Acid

I just thought I'd mention folic acid is present in pineapple, and it has had a reputation of helping with gout. Folic acid combines with folate to make up the vitamin B9. Folic acid is used by some in their gout treatments profile because folic acid helps repair tissue and DNA. While this is very helpful because uric acid crystallization damages your joints, there is very little scientific proof that folic acid is beneficial in gout. It certainly is not harmful, but I would avoid supplementation strictly for a gout treatments remedy.


As you can see pineapple has quite the combination of elements that help ease gout pain. While some of these elements in and of themselves are not in adequate amounts by eating pineapple itself, when you combine pineapple with other gout treatments, you can have a great weapon in your gout treatments arsenal.

Until later,


Monday, April 28, 2008

Herbal Gout Treatments|Celery Seed Extract

Herbal Gout Treatments that Reduce Inflammation

A great way to reduce inflammation when you are having a gout attack is to use herbal gout treatments. An increasingly popular herbal remedy is celery seed. Celery seed is a wonderful antidote in that it is like a multi-pronged attack on this painful disease. On the one hand, it decreases swelling in your joints. On the other, it helps your renal system (i.e. your kidneys) get rid of uric acid through urination while also alkalizing your blood. Celery seed is a diuretic and therefore helps to increase the pace at which your uric acid is flushed from the body.

Celery seed is a good option instead of using NSAIDs. Studies have revealed that every day use of NSAIDs raise the risk of not only liver damage, but also raise the risk of having a heart attack. This potent herb is a diuretic, so you need to have the proper intake of water. We've already discussed in an earlier post that water is one of the most important remedies in helping to cure gout, and it needs to be a major component of your gout treatments program.

Celery seed is sometimes used as a spice in foods, but otherwise, I suggest taking celery seed as an extract. The seeds are bitter when eaten by themselves as I found out during an attempt to find relief during a gout episode a few years ago, so stick with the supplements.

Two Important Notes about Celery Seed Extract

One serious problem with this herb is for those with allergies to celery. Just as with peanuts, celery seed contains oils that are extremely likely to create anaphalaxis (severe allergic reaction). This can be deadly! My intent is not to frighten you from using celery seed extract, but DO NOT use this remedy if you have these conditions.

Another concern is that even though the majority of people with gout are men, women can have gout. Pregnant women should not take celery seed, whether in a spice or extract form. Properties in the seeds stimulate the uterus, thereby increasing the potential for miscarriage or premature birth.

Recommended Daily Dosage

How much should you take of this supplement? Two tests were used to check the effectiveness of celery seed against gout and in those tests the usage was 30mg and 75mg a day. Both had improvement of symptoms. Some naturopathic physicians have suggested using 150mg a day.

If you are tired of cherry juice or some of the other methods you use to get rid of gout and would like to try something new, this may help you. I have used it, and it does help with gout. Celery seed is just one of several excellent herbal gout remedies.

Until later,


Friday, April 18, 2008

Natural Remedies for Gout

Natural Remedies for Gout Anyone Can Follow

If you are like me, you have a desire to get off gout medication while still avoiding painful gout attacks. I accomplish this by using gout cures that I have found from natural sources . I am a former user of allopurinol. I decided I no longer wanted to use it when I discovered that one of the possible side effects of allopurinol is possible liver damage. I also wanted to avoid taking Indocin or colchicine whenever I had an episode of gout (hyperuricemia). I began searching for natural remedies for gout I could count on to help me avoid painful gout attacks without the potentially dangerous side effects. The following natural remedies for gout treatments worked for me.

Natural Gout Remedies Suggestions


Yes, I know, pretty much everyone knows about using cherries for gout, but I do want to mention that I do take a cherry juice concentrate as the main supplement in my gout treatments program. I specifically use Michelle's Montmorency Cherry Juice Concentrate. It is a bit costly, but it is like gold to me. I have no affiliation with this product, but I assure you from experience, it works! Michelle's products are from Michigan, not too terribly far from where I live. Michigan is a huge cherry producing state. Needless to say, I take advantage of living near the overabundance of fresh cherries whenever they are in season. As for the Michele's cherry juice products, if you prefer, you can get this product in capsules versus the concentrate. These are naturally produced products and you can usually get them at your local holistic food store.

Potassium rich foods

Potassium-rich foods are great natural remedies for gout that are critical to overcoming your battle with this painful disease. Potassium helps to liquefy uric acid making it easier for the kidneys to eliminate the uric acid during urination. The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for potassium is 3500mg a day. So, what are a few of the foods rich in potassium?

Baked Potatoes, with the skin

In another post about gout treatments, I mentioned on that if you lose weight, you must lose it slowly or it increases your uric acid levels. One of the reasons for this is that if you lose weight too rapidly, you decrease your potassium levels too quickly which makes it harder for the kidneys to get rid of your uric acid. Go slow!


Gout pain is caused by too much crystallization of uric acid in your joints. Water helps to dissolve those crystals so the kidneys can process them properly. It is for this reason that drinking a lot of water is a important part of any natural remedies for gout plan. If you feel gout symptoms beginning to rear their ugly head, a quick remedy is to drink plenty of water.

Fish Oil

I use supplements for this. Occasionally, I will eat salmon, however, salmon is high in purines and must be eaten in moderation. Trout and sardines are also considered high purine foods. Because of the high purines found in these types of fish, I consider fish oil to be part of my natural remedies for gout therapy even though it is a supplement.

Fish oil is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, in some scientific studies, fish oil was found to have the same benefit as NSAIDs (i.e. Indocin, Ibuprofen, Aleve) without the potentially harmful side effects. My physician stated we should be taking 5000mg (5g) a day. I recommend using a high grade distilled fish oil as some of the lower quality fish oils have small traces of metals in them.

It is worth noting that fish oil is also recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) as a therapeutic help in the fight against heart disease. Make sure you have a minimum of 300mg of EPA and 200mg of DHA in your fish oil.

These natural gout remedies enabled me to wean myself off of allopurinol. I made my physician part of the process, and I recommend you do as well. These natural remedies for gout have helped me be virtually gout free for three years.

Natural remedies for gout are easy to follow when used wisely. The benefit of the natural remedies for gout method is not only does it help you beat gout, you also lower your weight and decrease your risk for dangerous health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, stroke, high cholesterol, and heart attack. Give these natural remedies for gout a try.

Until later,


Monday, April 14, 2008

Gout Cures

Gout Cures You Can Use Help Ease Painful Attacks

People who have gout are always looking for cures for gout that work quickly. Even using prescription drugs such as allopurinol doesn't guarantee one will avoid a painful episode. Indomethacin and colchicine usually take at least a day or two to work. So, what is a person to do? I am a fellow gout sufferer. A couple years ago, I'd get an attack approximately every 2-3 weeks. Even after I was prescribed allopurinol I still had painful gout attacks on a regular basis. This in spite of the fact that I don't drink alcohol and I was not eating gout foods such as beef or bacon. I decided I had enough of the pain and I personally did not wish to be on prescription drugs so I began to research different natural cures for gout I could use to eliminate this issue.

I have used each of these steps in my own personal
gout treatments plan. They are natural methods and have enabled me to stop taking allopurinol* and have helped me to only have two gout attacks in the past three years, and the two attacks I had were minor compared to the ones I used to have.

How to cure gout

The key to curing gout naturally is prevention. The root cause of this disease is your diet. So you need to eat healthy. Here are some of the foods I ensure are a regular part of my menu so I can try to avoid further pain.

1. Bananas.

Bananas may come as a surprise to be on a natural gout cures list, but they contain a couple key elements that will help you in the fight to overcome this painful disease. Bananas contain a lot of potassium.
Adequate amounts of potassium lowers your risk of having a painful gout attack. Potassium helps tear down uric acid crystals which will allow your renal system (i.e. your kidneys) to eliminate excess uric acid. Any foods high in potassium should be considered when you are considering what type of cures for gout to use.

Another important component of bananas which will help you with your gout treatments strategy is that bananas contain bromelain. Bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain during an attack. This is a definite bonus when it comes to the treatment of gout. While bananas didn't provide a huge relief to my symptoms, it did help cut the edge off the gout attack.

2. Blueberries.

Blueberries are a favorite snack for my family, and a big help for those who have gout. One of the main causes of gout is inflammation and blueberries go to the root of the problem. Effective gout remedies should contain foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries, as well as bananas contain anti-swelling elements. Blueberries contain anthocyanins which are anti-inflammatory. The cause for swelling in affected joints is the formation of excess uric acid crystals and these anthocyanins help reduce the swelling. Not to mention all the other benefits and cancer-fighting antioxidants that blueberries have, you can't go wrong eating these tasty treats.

3. Grapes

While not one of the more known natural cures for gout, grapes are also helpful as a supplemental remedy because grapes lower the acidity of your blood as they have a high alkalinity content. This helps in reduction of uric acid levels. As an added benefit, grapes are also high in antioxidants.

4. Cherries

Most gout treatments lists consider cherries the king of curing gout naturally. I know this is the one I use the most. I take Montmorency cherry juice concentrate every single day, and I think this is one of the main reasons I have been able to prevent recurrent attacks. From eating cherries when they are in season to taking a concentrate during the winter, cherries are definitely an incredible gout cures food. Cherries have enzymes which neutralize uric acid. Cherries also contain anthocyanins. This makes cherries for gout very potent as they not only neutralize the cause of gout, they're an excellent treatment against the inflammatory side effects of an attack.

5. Alfalfa

Alfalfa is an herbal gout cure that I decided to give a try earlier for this past year. I've probably used it for a total of six months so far and I have to say the results have been amazing! It is quite the herb. I was at a nutritional meeting with some friends and a nutrition expert and the subject of alfalfa was brought up. I was unaware that alfalfa would help with gout. The expert discussed how this potent herb was great for arthritis and it got my mind churning. I decided to give it a try for gout. After all, gout is a form of arthritis.

After a month I actually weaned myself off the cherry juice to see what would happen. I wanted to check alfalfa's potency by itself. To my surprise I think it worked better than cherries. In fact, from time to time I'd take ibuprofen even while drinking cherry concentrate for gout. Usually when I felt a small flare up coming on. It had done wonders to keep an acute attack at bay. However, with alfalfa, I hardly ever have to take ibuprofen.

This is great in the long term, because not only is alfalfa very healthy for you, but I also get the benefit of reducing the risk of long term side effects from taking ibuprofen, not that I was taking it every day with cherries, I was not, but I have cut down ibuprofen usage by my estimates of around 80-90%. I discussed this with my naturopathic physician and she said she was not surprised at all. She believed that alfalfa was much more beneficial to gout than cherries and she was a firm believer in cherries.

I will say that I did have my first acute gout attack a month or so ago and I was not sure why. It was quite puzzling and my attack was quite strong. I had not had an acute bout with this for easily over a year. It was bad enough I had to take a week off of work. I finally figured it out. I was given by a kinesiologist, someone who studies the nerve impulses to the muscles to diagnose health, depending on the literature you read will depend on whether you get a positive or negative feedback about kinesiology. I find it helpful, but not totally conclusive. Anyways, they put me on a diet, which I did need, and had me taking this supplement to help me out. Unfortunately, that supplement contained beef pancreas, and beef organs is one of the worst things you can take. I was prescribed to take 3 pills a meal, so a total of 9 pills a day. Of course, even alfalfa could not overcome this and I had the attack. The attack took about a week go get rid of, and I eliminated that supplement from my diet. Now, I am back to not taking ibuprofen and I still have only been taking the alfalfa. I still do use cherries from time to time, but I try to only use one mostly for costs sake, more than anything.

Bananas, blueberries, grapes, cherries, and alfalfa are just a few of the available natural gout treatments that you can eat to help you greatly reduce your risk of gouty arthritis. These potent fruits not only are great gout cures, they are also great tasting. Combine the benefits of these fruits and enjoy beating gout instead of suffering the agony it causes.

Until later,


*Disclaimer: While these methods work for me and I believe they will work for you, I am not a physician and you should always consult with your physician before making any changes to your medication usage.

3 Gout Treatments That Improve Your Overall Health

Three Gout Treatments That Improve Your Health

Most gout sufferers who are experiencing the painful symptoms of an acute attack always seem to look for effective gout treatments once it's too late and the attack has already begun. The best way to establish effective gout treatments is to stop an attack before it has a chance to start.

Obesity is one of the main common factors for those suffering from gout. Therefore it makes sense that in order to stop these attacks or at least lessen their occurrence we should strive for gout treatments and therapies that improve our overall health and well being. Not to mention, getting rid of obesity will lead to overall better health. Below are three key elements that must be included in any successful gout treatments program.

1. Weight Loss

As was mentioned earlier, obesity is one of the main factors in those who have gout. Thus one of the most effective gout treatments for gout sufferers is to lose weight. Those who successfully decrease their weight to a healthy level help themselves immensely in the fight to overcome painful attacks.

Losing weight and keeping it off leads to long-term gout relief. While this is probably the most important step in the list of effective gout treatments, moderation is absolutely imperative! Losing weight too fast has all kinds of unhealthy side effects including very painful gout attacks, the very thing we are trying to avoid. When you drop the pounds in a speedy manner you increase your uric acid levels thus making sure you have an appointment with a painful gout attack in the near future. Going too quickly and getting a painful attack will knock you backwards in your gout treatments program and also make it more likely that you will gain your weight back.

What is a good guideline for you to take in losing this weight. Most experts say you can safely lose up to 3-4 pounds a week. Gout treatments are more effective when you have a modest goal of one pound a week. This way you will go slowly, which has a couple of positive side effects. Going slowly reduces the likelihood of increasing your uric acid levels and will increase the likelihood of you staying on the road to long-term weight loss. Not too mention the other benefits of lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower risk of diabetes, and heart disease. While most of us like to have instant success, imagine losing 52 pounds in one year. At the end of the year, I don't think most people would be upset with being able to say they accomplished that kind of feat and it is possible.

2. Proper Hydration

Another significant part of a strong gout treatments program is to properly hydrate yourself. Hydration therapies should be part of your short term and long term gout treatments program. Dehydration is a huge problem among Americans and can lead to many unhealthy problems, most of which are similar to those dealing with obesity. If you need to lose weight, chances are you are dehydrated. Having enough water helps your cells function properly and helps keep high uric acid levels at bay and helps you lose weight, so you get a double benefit. Not only that, drinking plenty of water helps to flush your kidneys which will help to lower uric acid levels to a normal level. Not to mention being hydrated gives you the feeling of being full which will help you reduce your daily caloric intake.

Gout Treatments are enhanced since drinking enough water leads to proper hydration. Proper hydration therapies include more than just drinking-10 glasses of water a day. One of these therapies would be eating water dense foods such as watermelon. For example, eating a normal sized piece of watermelon is equal to one glass of water. Also, eating watermelon with the seeds helps neutralize uric acid, thus helping to give you gout relief and is one of many gout treatments and remedies you can use.

3. Proper Nutrition

Proper nutrition helps make the other two options for gout treatments possible. Without a proper nutrition plan, losing weight and keeping hydrated will be very hard to achieve. One way to helping with proper nutrition is to avoid gout foods. Avoiding foods that cause gout will be the source of another article. High purine foods tend to be higher in fat content or have empty calories. For instance, eating a burger and fries with a soda not only increases your uric acid levels, they increase weight gain and dehydration. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables help you lose pounds, stay hydrated, and either decrease or offset your uric acid levels.

Losing weight, staying hydrated, and eating properly are critical to having a successful gout treatments plan that will not only help you overcome this painful disease, but will also be effective in improving your overall health.

Until later,

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Gout Treatments with Medicman

Welcome to Gout Treatments with Medicman. This site provides tips and plans to help prevent or get rid of painful acute gout attacks. If you have questions not covered in Gout Treatments please feel free to email your questions to Medicman.