Reduce Your Gout Pain With These Top 4 Herbal Teas
Perhaps you prefer the calming sooth of herbal tea in the morning compared to the up-and-at-em jolt found in coffee. Herbal teas are great for removing the jitters out of your daily energy boost, but did you know it’s also great for combating gout?
There’s a wide variety of herbal solutions that can help relieve the pain of gout and herbal teas are a great way to introduce these healing components into your body.
We’re going to take a look at four herbal teas that have great health benefits against gout. These teas include green tea, chamomile tea, couch grass tea, and stinging nettle tea. While these are just our favorite of the herbal teas that include gout-reducing health benefits, there are plenty more out there!
And speaking of which, let’s take a look at why so many herbal teas are so helpful in fighting off gout.
Why do Herbal Teas Help Against Gout?
The interesting thing about herbal teas and their effect on gout reduction is that they attack the source of gout, not just the symptoms that follow.
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I’m of course talking about uric acid buildup and the crystals that form within the joints. Herbal teas can actively lower the uric acid levels within your body, allowing you to keep the crystalline shards from ever forming!
There are even herbal remedies that can help cleanse the kidneys which--as we’ve discussed here (link), can also suffer from uric buildup with some not-so-fun side effects.
And if you’re already feeling gout’s painful touch, don’t worry. Almost all of the herbal teas on this list are anti-inflammatories. They’ll help relieve that crippling pain in your joints, some even by being applied to the skin!
We’re going to be taking a look at a few different herbal teas that can be helpful for reducing the risk of gout as there are many different herbs that promote lower levels of uric acid throughout the body.
Tracing its roots all the way back to the Bronze Age of China, green tea has been a go-to for those looking to introduce a natural supplement into their daily diet.
As a great foundation to its healing benefits, green tea is considered a low purine food with fewer than 50 milligrams in every 100 grams. As we know, purines are the compound that then breaks down into uric acid, so the less purines that are in your system will mean that you’re already reducing the chance of buildup.
But green tea’s benefits don’t stop there. Green tea is a great reliever of inflammation throughout the body.
While there still needs to be solid findings within this specific area, green tea’s chemical makeup that includes polyphenols and catechin compounds may help relieve joint inflammation that is so commonly associated with gout. While the medical world is constantly striving to find concrete solutions to gout, The University of Maryland Medical Center was confident enough to say that drinking 2 to 4 cups of green tea may help relieve the symptoms of gout.
Many people consume chamomile tea to aid with digestion or to help with sleep, but it works just as well for relieving inflammation in the joints.
Chamomile works in the same way as many NSAIDS, or “nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug” which is usually one of the first things a doctor will prescribe to help reduce gout-related pain.
These dried flower heads, while most favorably served in tea, can come in a great variety of ways. From extracts to topical ointment, chamomile can even be applied directly to the joints to help relieve inflammation.
Don’t forget that chamomile goes past just reducing information. This herb actively aids in digestion, even speeding up the breakdown of uric acid within your body. So not only is chamomile helping to soothe the pain of gout, it’s also helping reduce the chance of future flare-ups!
Couch Grass Tea
Out of all the herbal teas on this list, you may be unfamiliar with couch grass tea. Make sure you’re taking notes because couch grass tea may be just what you’re missing in your diet.
Couch Grass is a diuretic, meaning it’s actively promoting your digestive functions--much like chamomile. Where it differs from chamomile, however, is that couch grass is also cleansing your kidneys and urinary tract by actively dissolving the crystal formations of uric acid within your body.
Believe me, couch grass tea is an unsung hero. Some other healthy side effects that can come from its consumption include reduced blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels. The detoxification it can cause through your body can even help clear up acne and eczema!
Stinging Nettle Tea
This herb may give you some skin irritation if you brush past it in the wild, but when dried and made into a tea, it’s a great combatant against gout.
Can you guess the ways? I bet you can.
Stinging nettle is a diuretic like many other teas you’ll find above. With a chemical makeup that will help clear out your system, stinging nettle is helping your kidneys to filter out uric acid from your body.
While other herbs on this list can be used in a variety of ways, I wouldn’t suggest that you put stinging nettle on your skin. This herb is a potent weapon in helping your body cleanse itself of unwanted buildup, but it can cause a rash on when in contact with your skin!
Nettle tea may not be as flavorful as some of the other herbal teas on this list. One of the ways you can help make it more palatable is to mix raspberry leaves, goldenseal, or even echinacea.
If you’re looking to learn more about stinging nettle tea and its healing effect, check out Dr. Paul Haider’s in-depth video about all the benefits found from this amazing plant!
Herbal teas may also contain caffeine in them.
If you’ve had a chance to read our article about coffee and its connection to gout, then you may already know that caffeine is a double-edged sword in its relation to gout.
If you’re a long-time consumer of caffeine, your body is used to its potency and you may already be helping yourself stave off gout’s effect. If caffeine is a new substance to your diet, you may want to beware. Caffeine consumption can raise your risk of gout flare-up for the next 24-hour cycle.
Thankfully, most herbal teas have significantly smaller amounts of caffeine than caffeinated coffee.
Either way, herbal teas are filled to the brim with helpful components that’ll help you decrease your risk of gout while also ultimately living a healthier life. If you’re looking for a change in your diet, one that will help reduce your chances of gout, herbal teas are just the way to go!