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What is Gout?
Gout is a common form of arthritis, especially in men. It occurs when uric acid accumulates in the blood (hyperuricemia) and crystallizes to form a shape resembling a needle. Symptoms of gout include sudden attacks of excruciating stabbing pain and inflammation, often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe.
What Causes Gout?
Uric acid is produced in the body during the breakdown of purines – chemical compounds that are found in certain foods. Since it is a by-product of many foods, gout symptoms can be directly linked to diet. Rich foods and alcohol are the main culprits, though gout can also be brought on by stress, certain medications, crash dieting, or injury to the joint.
Foods to Avoid When You Have Gout
You can reduce your risk of gout attacks by limiting alcohol and foods high in purines such as some fish and seafood, including anchovies, sardines, mackerel, scallops, herring, mussels, codfish, trout, and haddock. Other foods that are considered high in purines are meats such as bacon, turkey, veal, venison, liver, beef kidney, brain, and sweetbread. Lastly, alcoholic beverages are also high in purines.
Foods that Help Gout Symptoms
If you are experiencing a gout attack, consuming raw fruits and vegetables can help, especially blueberries, cherries, and strawberries.
Natural Health Products to Support Gout
Osteo Gout Pain Relief from Webber Naturals contains a unique blend of natural plant extracts and vitamin C to help reduce pain associated with elevated levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia), commonly known as gout.
Celery seed extract has been traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to reduce the pain associated with gout. Grape seed extract and sweet cherry concentrate have been shown to have superior antioxidant activity due to the procyanidin and anthocyanin content, and have been shown to reduce inflammation and pain associated with gout.
Turmeric has long been used to reduce joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. Osteo Gout Pain Relief features turmeric’s main active ingredient, curcuminoids including curcumin in a complex with phosphatidylcholine for greater absorption and bioavailability. Curcumin provides significant antioxidant support, and may modulate inflammation and pain pathway activity.
Osteo Pain Gout Relief also contains vitamin C, an essential nutrient that has been shown to reduce serum uric acid levels and protect against gout. This comprehensive formula is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and offers natural support for relief of joint pain associated with gout.