Gout is closely linked to dietary factors but there are also genetic influences which play a role. It effects approximately 90% males and is diagnosed through examination of joint fluid and blood tests measuring uric acid levels.
Gout tends to occur in short attacks; medication from the GP is available as a preventative approach but is not always effective and can have side effects
A general recommendation for treatment and prevention of Gout is a diet high in alkalizing and anti inflammatory foods. Being predominantly vegetarian with lots of nuts, seeds, wholegrains & vegetables is a good start.
Avoid foods high in Purines (which convert to uric acid) these include anchovies, mackerel, shellfish, sardines, peanuts, minced meat, organ meats, gravy and sweet breads.
As a daily regime Gout sufferers should consider the following:
¨ A high dose Omega 3 supplement. We recommend Pure Oil Innovations Opti-strength Omega, Bioceuticals Ultraclean EPA/DHA or Ethical Nutrients High strength Fish oil. 4 capsules daily.
¨ Vitamin C 1000mg 3x daily
¨ Digestive Enzymes, particularly Bromelain which helps break down protein and is also anti-inflammatory
¨ Drink teas including alfalfa, chamomile, birch, burdock, peppermint, skullcap and yarrow
¨ Herbs of Gold make a specific formula including Cherry, Celery, Alfalfa, Vitamin C, Potassium and magnesium. This is a great option as a preventative but can be used at a higher dose for flare ups.
· Eat predominantly raw fruits and vegetables including juices, berries, distilled water
· Drink more water and include cherry juice
· Use anti-inflammatory herbal supplements including Boswellia, & Tumeric. We recommend Nutrition Care Nalgesic Ultra or Mediherb Boswellia complex.
SUPER GOUT FREE DAILY JUICES
· 2 CARROTS, 2 APPLES, 2 CELERY STALKS
· 2 CARROTS, 2APPLES, CABBAGE, GINGER
· PINEAPPLE, CARROT, GINGER, CABBAGE
· CHERRIES, CUCUMBER , FILTERED WATER
· 2 APPLES, 1 BEET, CUCUMBER, 1/4 LEMON