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.


Anti-inflammation

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.

Anthocyanins

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,

Medicman

2 comments:

tomjones5656 said...

Good article on anthocyanins. Living in Northern Michigan the tart cherry is great for gout and arthritis. I have been taking Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry capsules www.fruitadvantage.com for my gout.

medicman said...

thanks, Tom. I've never tried the pills. I use Michele's Cherry Juice Concentrate, from Michigan, also. I get it from Healthy Alternatives in Petoskey. I take 2-4 ounces a day.

Thank heavens northern michigan is loaded with cherry trees, and the season will be in full swing soon. My family loves them.

Medic