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,