The Shocking Truth About Gout
Gout, also known as metabolic arthritis, is a painful disorder in which the body can’t properly metabolize uric acid. Usually the bloodstream contains a small amount of the stuff, but in gout there’s a lot of it.
The body doesn’t know what to do with the excess so it bunches it up into nasty little crystals that get deposited in areas like the big toe and the joints, causing a lot of swelling, inflammation, and excruciating pain.
One 18th century writer said it felt like “walking on one’s eyeballs.”
Despite decades of controversy about how gout develops and what can be done to cure it, there’s good news: You CAN do something about it. And today I’ll tell you how.
What Conventional “Wisdom” Says about Gout…
The conventional thinking about gout was that it was a disease of excess, striking overweight people who consumed too much meat and alcohol.
Since uric acid is a breakdown product of purines, and purines are highly concentrated in meat, conventional “wisdom” was to eat less meat and avoid purine-containing foods such as beer, dried beans and peas, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, and cauliflower.
Now, however, a controversy is raging about another promoter of gout that may turn out to be even more important than purines ever were. And that controversy revolves around—what else?—sugar.
The Dangers of Sugar—Especially Fructose…
Much research now implicates fructose, far more than meat, as a causal factor in gout. Through many mechanisms, fructose increases uric acid in the bloodstream.
And insulin resistance—exacerbated by of a high-carb diet—independently raises uric acid through a different mechanism altogether.
Either way you cut it, sugar is bad news for gout.
Bottom line: if you’ve got gout, cut out the sugar. And especially the fructose, which is the most damaging sugar of all.
One food that is particularly recommended for gout is cherries. The anthocyanins in cherries decrease uric acid and can provide relief from the pain of gout. Cherry juice is another way to get the gout-relieving benefits of cherries.
Besides eating a lot of cherries and drinking cherry juice, you can also take a number of high-quality natural products for relief from the pain and to help manage inflammation of gout. Below are some of our favorites.
This is an anti-arthritic remedy that can be used in spring and fall, with excellent results. Blood levels of uric acid can be reduced by as much as 50% within two to three months of treatment with Betula alba.
White Willow offers a unique combination of anti-inflammatory herbs and proteolytic enzymes to reduce inflammation. The product contains a unique mix of boswellia, turmeric, bromelain, white willow bark, bioflavonoids, and enzymes, and is recommended for both acute and chronic conditions. Remember to take it without food in between meals.
Here is an omega-3 supplement with a distinction—it’s very heavy on the EPA with a lighter dose of DHA. While both omega-3’s are extremely important for health, EPA is the one with the greater anti-inflammatory action. So even if you’re taking omega-3’s, this extra super-high potency EPA is a great addition to your program if you suffer from gout.
Because people do respond differently to various supplements, those of you with gout might want to consider an individual consultation with Julie Haugen to really customize your program with both anti-inflammatory foods and the right combination of supplements.
Wishing you health and happiness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team