9 Herbal Remedies That Treat Gout Naturally
There’s no hiding the fact that gout is becoming more and more prevalent than ever before. With the modern, Western diet becoming more gravitated towards “Quick N’ Easy” instead of substantial and worthwhile, gout–or gouty arthritis is something that has become a common ailment for far too many people.
What’s thought-provoking is that our planet is filled with natural herbal remedies to fight gout.
Sometimes they’re things you can pick up at the store, products that are sitting right next to the ones that are increasing your risk of gout!
Where do I start?
I want to go over several of these natural remedies with you–there’s quite a few. But as I’ve hinted at above, there’s an army of harmful products out there that will only worsen the chances of gout.
While these remedies will work wonders, nothing can compete with a healthy change in diet.
We’ve covered many of these factors in specific articles on our blog, but let’s go over a quick rundown on what dietary changes should be made to decrease your chances of gout, or if you already have it, lessen its effect.
A good rule of thumb is if it once had a pulse, it’s probably going to increase your risk of gout.
I know, nobody wants to hear that succulent meat can lead to pain in your joints, but it’s the cold hard facts.
Meats like beef, pork, and chicken can be incredibly rich in purines. Purines are the golden ticket to the gout gateway. Inside those tendons and muscles, meats are densely packed with purines that will quickly increase your uric acid levels throughout your body.
It’s been proven that someone who eats a daily serving of meat is 21% more likely to suffer from gout. Sometimes the most delicious foods have harmful effects in the backend.
This goes equally for sugars like fructose. Fructose over the years has been transformed from its natural state into the form we commonly know it as today: high fructose corn syrup.
It’s found in many, many consumables and inside its chemical structure is a surefire way to increase your chances of gout.
And how does it increase your chances of gout? While meat creates the purines that cause uric acid to form, fructose prevents your body from being able to filter this uric acid on a regular schedule.
Imagine it like trains that continue to be delayed until the whole track is back-to-back with delayed train cars. Somebody’s getting fired over that.
Lastly, it’s important to refrain from alcohol–specifically, beer. In the same vein as fructose, alcohol stops the kidneys from doing their job at peak performance. Beer is double the trouble, as the yeast inside is purine central.
I’m hearing your cries from the other side of the screen. I know, it’s not a fun pill to swallow. But that’s why I’m here–to share with you natural remedies that you can use to supplement your daily diet with. And hey, there is a pill that’s fun to swallow within my list!
A change in diet is the overall war, but battles can be won with these earthen solutions. I’m going to show you nine natural remedies to help fight gout.
Celery Root Extract
The first natural solution for combatting gout is found in celery root extract.
Now, everyone who is reading this is probably familiar with celery, not as a main component to a meal, but as something that works well in many dishes. The reason that is simply comes down to the fact that celery doesn’t have much taste to it but has a crunchy consistency that makes for a better meal.
Celery’s benefits don’t just make for a more varied dish, it’s also incredibly powerful in fighting gout’s painful effects.
This vegetable is packed full of antioxidants that are perfect for reducing inflammation in your joints, a major symptom of gout. Through these antioxidants, things like phenolic acids and flavaols, celery is not just helpful in soothing inflammation, but it’s helpful in many other aspects too.
As you may have read in our article on this specific topic, the kidneys risk a high level of abuse if you’re affected by gout. As your kidneys try to filter the high levels of uric acid buildup, scarring and infection can occur.
Celery is a great aid in helping your body flush the unwanted buildup out of your kidneys so they can get back to doing what they do best.
You can increase your celery intake in a number of ways, and not just by chowing down on stalk-after-stalk. Celery root extract is available in supplements and you could always invest in a juicer to make celery juice.
Peanut butter is low in purine, meaning you could rely on the time-tested snack of peanut butter and celery. It’s a great way to add some flavor to the healthy, but nearly tasteless veggie.
Keep Reading: Taking Celery Seed Extract for Gout Pain
While there are a number of fruits that are high in–you got it–fructose, cherries defy the pattern with the healthy side effects they provide.
Cherries, known for that rich, dark red hue are flush in a flavonoid called anthocyanin. Just like a handful of delicious cherries, that word is a mouthful.
Anthocyanin is a potent ally in controlling inflammation, helping to keep it under a controllable level. It’s also helpful in increasing your blood’s antioxidant capacity. Higher capacity for antioxidants means a higher capacity for your body to deal with uric acid!
Cherries are also incredibly rich in vitamin C, as well as fiber. Vitamin C has been shown to, over time, help reduces uric acid levels by up to 50%. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Cherries are a simple snack that you can eat at your desk or make into a juice, just like with celery. It’s important to remember that every fruit contains fructose.
As fructose is something that you should keep to a minimum, cherries should be portioned in whatever form you’re consuming them.
In a 2008 study led by Dr. Hyon K. Choi, a renowned name in the gout resistance, high fructose intake was a direct link to gout flare ups. It’s important to know that too much of a good thing–cherries, in this case, can have a negative effect.
The great news is that it takes quite a few cherries to set you into dangerous fructose levels. As a standard, try to keep yourself at around 15-25 cherries per day.
Or, you may want to keep reading. While there are so many natural home remedies you can implement on an individual basis, there’s one way to get them all at once.
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Bioperine may be better known to you as piperine. Still not ringing a bell? How about black pepper? More specifically, the part that gives black pepper its spicy taste.
Bioperine is an enhancer to nutrient absorption. It helps your body get the most out of the things you’re putting into it. As long as those things are good things, then Bioperine is going to help multiply their effect.
Introducing more piperine into your diet should be an easy task, just begin to season more of your foods with black pepper!
This is an effect is known as Bioenchancement and it qualifies as an X-men power for extracts that contain it.
Bioperine, however, is usually found in supplement form. More on this later.
This one may sound familiar to any of you who have read up on our article related to herbal teas and their positive effect on gout.
Nettle, while a skin-irritant plant out in the wild, has some incredible effects on helping to fight gout when made into a tea or an extract.
What makes it so effective? It comes down to nettles ability to work double duty in not only working as an anti-inflammatory, but also as a kidney cleanse.
Nettle, when in tea or extract form, works well as a diuretic. I know, that doesn’t sound like the most fun you’ve had all week, but the diuretic effect can be extremely important if you’re looking to help your body filter through high levels of uric acid buildup.
Sometimes you just need a good cleanse, you know?
Nettle tea is a popular item you can pick up at the store, but it’s known for being on the less-tasty side. Sometimes you can mix nettle tea with some of your other favorite herbal solutions to make a flavorful power-tea!
I never thought I’d start a sentence like this, but, “speaking of diuretics…”
Hydrangea extract is a popular remedy that’s been used for centuries as a natural solution to ailments like urinary tract infection and the like.
Hydrangea, like many other members of this list, is powerful in its cleansing effect. Out with the old, in with the new. In its ability to help move along your digestive process, hydrangea is touted for promoting kidney and bladder health.
Oh, and as if it hadn’t already earned a spot on this list with its digestive effects, hydrangea attacks inflammation right at the source, slowing the crystal formation of uric acid buildup.
Hydrangea, while sold in supplement form, is hard to come by as an ingredient. We’ve got the perfect solution for that. Keep reading to find out more.
Chanca Piedra Extract
This mouthful of a herbal solution hails all the way from the Amazon where it was used as a natural remedy to eliminate kidney stones.
Kidney stones, as you know, are a harmful side effect of uric acid build up within the kidneys. The most common type of kidney stones are composed of uric acid buildup.
Chanca Piedra helps the kidneys to dissolve these potential stones before they get to a size where they can cause harm to the kidneys.
Just as icing on the herbal cake chanca piedra is also very helpful in relieving inflammation. Are you starting to see a pattern here?
Oh yes, magnesium can work wonders for your body’s ability to decrease the creation of uric acid, slowing the buildup to healthy levels.
Magnesium is able to achieve this because it’s an alkaline mineral and one of the most beneficial kinds you can have in your body. It’s in charge of helping convert our food into energy and the more of it we have within our body (to a healthy level), the higher rate our body is able to process contaminants within our system.
Magnesium isn’t a food that you’ll find on the shelf, but it is found in a ton of foods such as spinach, pumpkin seeds, and black beans. Find a selection of magnesium-rich foods that you can add to your diet so your body is performing at the top of its game!
Just like magnesium, you won’t find proteolytic enzymes just hanging out on the shelf next to the fruits. Instead, you’ll find this enzyme within the fruits and vegetables that you buy.
Proteolytic enzymes are best condensed as a mixture known as bromelain. Bromelain is an awesome mixture that helps treat swelling within the joints, as well as inflammation.
And where can bromelain be found? One of the biggest sources of this enzyme mixture can be found in pineapples, of all places! For centuries, people in South America have been using the pineapple, not only as a delicious treat but also as a great way to fight inflammation all around the body. It works just as well for gout-related inflammation!
Coming in as the last natural remedy is fish oil, a supplementary addition to your diet that can have long-lasting effects towards fighting gout.
Fish oil is stocked full of Omega-3 fatty acids that are extremely powerful in reducing inflammation and flare ups, as well as arthritis as a whole.
Earlier, I spoke about the foods you should avoid if you’re looking reduce your risk of gout and meats were at the top of that list. While fish meat can contain large amounts of purine, molecularly distilled fish oil does not.
It’s recommended that those suffering with gout-related arthritis consume at least 2,000 milligrams the fatty acids that are found within fish oil per day. It’s important to buy pharmaceutical-grade fish oil, as that’s the only way to guarantee that it’s without those nasty purines.
This will allow you to get the arthritis-fighting benefits found within fish without having to worry about putting your purine levels through the roof!
Is There an Easier Way?
This list contains nine natural gout treatments. Here they are below.
VitaCherry® HiActives® – Leading the charge is VitaCherry® HiActives®, an anthocyanin-rich arsenal that’s proven to reduce uric acid levels, as well as promote healthy inflammatory response throughout the body.
Celery Seed Extract – Oh yes, the first and more powerful natural remedy is doing just what you’d want it to.
Working as an all-around pain reliever, the anti-inflammatory components of celery seed extract will help relieve the joint pain that’s so symptomatic of gout.
At the same time, celery seed extract is helping to cleanse your kidneys and your bladder, making it easy to filter out uric acid levels that may be reaching a dangerous level.
Chanca Piedra Extract – This is all starting to sound familiar again, isn’t it?
This incredibly powerful antioxidant is a warrior in inflammation reduction. On top of that, it’s a natural remedy for eliminating kidney stones that can arise due to uric acid buildup.
Hydrangea Extract – A time-tested healing herb, hydrangea extract has been proven to help move unwanted waste through your body at peak efficiency.
Working as an internal wash, this mild diuretic can move impurities out of your system. This reduces the chance of harmful buildup later down the line.
BioPerine – Just as this patented extract comes from black pepper, so does it season all of the other herbal extracts to make them as powerful as possible.
With the ability to enhance the bio-availability of other nutrients by up to 2000%, BioPerine is the perfect sidekick in the fight against gout. Without it, the other extracts aren’t fulfilling their full potential.
Looking for more tips?
It’s easy to swallow down a supplement and go about your day, believing that you’ve done all you can to fight a gout flare up.
Truth is, that’s just the beginning. I’ve mentioned there are some consumables to avoid, things like meats and alcohol, but here are some more tips that you should take into account as you begin going day-to-day as an opponent of gout.
1. Water is your friend – It’s true, water is the most natural way helping your body flush uric acid out of your system before it has the chance to build up. It’s recommended to drink 8oz every 2 hours. Try carrying a water bottle around with you and use many of the apps on your smartphone that can help you track your daily progress.
2. Remove sugary drinks completely – While everyone may enjoy a nice soda when they get home from work, it’s sugars and fructose that can cause the most harm towards fighting gout. This also goes for alcohols like beer as I discussed above.
3. Aim for high-fiber foods – Fiber is excellent in preventing gout for the simple fact that it promotes healthy kidney function. While fiber is the well-known digestive aid, it’s a great way to reduce uric acid by allowing your kidneys to return to their normal functions.
4. Exercise, exercise, exercise – There’s no easier way to say it. A healthy, active lifestyle is the Number 1 way to fight against obesity, a leading factor towards gout. There are not enough words to list all the helpful benefits that exercise can have on your body in the long-term. We’ve got plenty of articles that go more in-depth on this specific topic that you should look into!
It’s understandable that changes in your lifestyle don’t come with the relative ease of washing your car or renting a movie, but it’s these long-term changes that will make impactful strides towards fighting gout. A new change in lifestyle, along with the natural solutions that have been explored above that will almost guarantee a relief from gout when they’re all put into effect.
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