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Gout


About
Can occur throughout the body. Too much uric acid in the blood will cause the liver to overload and not be able to efficiently remove the excess uric acid. After a while, the uric acid will crystallize and park in the joint areas creating swelling, inflammation, stiffness, and pain.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Dimethylsulfoxide is used for swelling and easing pain apply topically.
  • Doctors prescribe cortisone to ease attacks. Caution this prescription can add stress on the adrenal glands.
  • Minimal women will develop gout.
  • Venom from honeybees may provide relief to gout sufferers.


Advice
  • During an attack, stick to a strict diet of fruits, vegetables, fruit and vegetable juices, frozen or fresh cherry juice, diluted celery juice, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, grains, seeds, and nuts.
  • Homeopathic remedies such as Belladonna, Rhus toxicodendron, and Arnica can be beneficial.
  • In order to get rid of uric acid, drink a lot of water.
  • Limit niacin intake to 50 mg daily.
  • Overweight people should begin a routine that will help them slowly lose their excess weight.
  • Stay away from alcohol.
  • Stay away from all meats as they have a lot of uric acid in them.
  • Stay away from foods that encourage production of uric acid (foods that contain purines). Avoid the following foods: mackerel, anchovies, consomme, shellfish, asparagus, meat gravies and broths, mushrooms, herring, sardines, peanuts, brewer's yeast, mussels, mincemeat, sweetbreads, and baker's yeast.
  • Stay away from glycine, an amino acid that may turn into uric acid.
  • Stay away from roasted nuts, fried foods, and anything else that has been in heated oil.
  • The following foods are acceptable: starchy vegetables, corn, cornbread, fruit, cheese, nuts, milk, eggs, millet, rice, and green vegetables.
  • Use the following in moderation: cauliflower, caffeine, lentils, dried beans, eggs, fish, oatmeal, poultry, peas, spinach, and yeast.
  • White flour and sugar should be avoided. Cakes and pies are not recommended.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Zinc
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps metabolize protein. Good for tissue reconstruction. Zinc gluconate lozenges and OptiZinc are recommended forms.


Essential fatty acids
Importance: High
Comments: Helps with tissue reconstruction. Promotes healing. Replenishes fatty acids in balance. Excessive amounts of saturated fats can contribute to gout.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: Aids in digestion. Helps with all enzyme systems.


Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
Importance: High
Comments: Eases stress.


Folic acid
Importance: High
Comments: Helps with nucleoprotein metabolism.


Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Decreases levels of serum uric acid.


Kelp
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides necessary protein and minerals to decrease levels of serum uric acid.


Alfalfa
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides needed minerals and nutrients that decrease levels of serum uric acid.


Potassium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Aids in balance of minerals.


Superoxide dismutase (SOD)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Antioxidant. Kills free radicals.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Alfalfa
Type: Internal
Purposes: Minerals, as well as other nutrients, can cut down on the amount of serum uric acid; alfalfa is one of your better choices to obtain minerals.
Dosage: 2000-3000 mg daily in tablet or capsule form

Bilberry
Type: Internal
Purposes: Bilberry extract can provide anthocyanidines and proanthocyanidins. Both of these flavonoids have potent antioxidant tendencies.

Boswell & Turmeric
Type: Internal
Purposes: Boswell and turmeric (curcumin) can both alleviate the redness and swelling of inflammation, which will also reduce the pain.

Cayenne (capsicum)
Type: Internal/External
Purposes: Mix cayenne with wintergreen oil to make a paste and apply it to the area that is swollen, red, and painful. At first, you may feel some stinging; however, this should disappear after awhile. In addition to being an external agent, cayenne can be obtained in the form of capsules or liquid form.

Celery
Type: Internal
Purposes: Multiple elements are available in celery seed extract that will lessen inflammation.

Chamomile, Lady's Mantle (Yarrow), Peppermint, or Skullcap
Type: Internal
Purposes: These four herbs have all been used as treatments for pain and inflammation. All come in capsule form, or you can also use them in a tea.

Devil's Claw & Yucca
Type: Internal
Purposes: In addition to the four herbs listed above, these two can also be helpful in relieving pain.

Birch, Burdock, Colchicum tincture, Hyssop, & Juniper
Type: Internal
Purposes: Among the many other herbs that can assist with gout are these five herbs.