People have been suffering from gout for thousands of years. The first recorded case can be traced back to the Egyptians in 2640BC. Knowledge of natural remedies for this painful condition has developed over many centuries to inform us of what we know today. This painful condition is certainly no fun, so why not try some of these natural remedies to help drive out gout for good.
Crack out the Cranberry
Cranberry juice or extract helps to increase the clearance of uric acid from the body. Uric acid causes gout. It is a waste product in the blood that becomes stuck in joints and forms painful uric acid crystals. Avoiding certain foods can help to reduce the formation of uric acid in the first place. For more information on this, and gout in general, go here.
Serve up the Celery
Whilst eating more celery certainly wouldn’t hurt, it is the seeds of this plant that seem to have the best effect.
Celery seeds are anti-inflammatory and diuretic. This means they can help reduce pain and redness, whilst at the same time helping the kidneys to clear out the body’s waste products. Celery seeds are available in some health food stores.
Whip out the Willow Bark
For 4000 years this plant has been used to treat pain, fever and gout. Considering significant pain is one of the most unpleasant symptoms of gout, this remedy may be best placed on your shopping list. Willow bark is famous for containing salicin, an active ingredient that was isolated in 1829. This discovery led to the creation of the modern day medication aspirin. Willow bark is still available today in supplemental form.
Chow down on Cherry Juice
People swear by this remedy, and the science seems to be catching up. Researchers suggest drinking concentrated cherry juice may help to prevent flare-ups of gout. This is thought to be due to the anti-inflammatory effects of this remedy.
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