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Home Remedy Network – Arthritis Types – What is Gout

If you have ever felt the pain of gout you know what pain is like. Gout is a condition that many people as they age have to deal with on a constant and daily basis. This article “Home Remedy Network – Arthritis Types – What is Gout?” looks at the condition of gout and some possible sources of relief from gout pain. There are additional links to gout resources below for you to educate yourself about what is gout.

Define Gout

Home Remedy Network – Arthritis Types – What is Gout

Gout is a painful condition that occurs when the body cannot adequately eliminate the uric acid that builds up in the system, causing crystallized uric acid to form in the joints. A form of arthritis, gout can take months or years to build up to critical mass, at which time is becomes extremely painful, with inflammation developing in the joint of the big toe, as well as the joints of the ankles, hips, knees, fingers, heels, thumbs and inset of the feet.

The use of cherries in alleviating gout can be traced back to a 1950 study conducted in Texas. 12 patients were observed after they were made to consume about a pound of cherries daily. It was discovered that the level of uric acid in their blood dropped to normal, they became less prone to gout and movement became less painful to them.

=>Mayo Clinic: Gout<=

Beef, iron, and pork are also purine rich foods, but these meats do not usually cause gout if they are consumed in moderation. Game meat may also contain high amounts of purine, although most people do not consume a large amount of game meat as part of a modern diet.

A major change in diet is an important, if not primary, natural medicine for gout. Gout is seriously aggravated by purine foods, and may even be the sole reason for the gout. Some purine foods include organ meat, meat gravy, stock, mussels, herring, anchovies, shellfish, sardines, asparagus, and mushrooms. White flour, spinach, cauliflower, dried beans, poultry, and sugar may also need to be avoided, being somewhat high in purine. Alcohol, especially beer, is very high in purines and must also be avoided, unless you can compensate with drinking much water along with the beverages to keep acid from building up in your system. Replace these foods with fruits, berries, vegetables, whole grains, and especially wheat grass.

Treating gout can be easy if the symptoms, genetic history, patients medical history are checked by the physician on time. If a person suffered two or more arthritis attacks, experiences severe joint stiffness in any one area like knee or toe, it could be a symptom of gout.

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Chinese physicians have used mulberries to treat gout for centuries. The bioflavonoids in mulberries help remove uric acid from the blood stream and reduce the production of Urate crystals. Still no matter how well and options work you should always coordinate any changes with a medical professional.

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