Italy's Healthy Little Secret - Broccoli for Gout

January 5, 2012 by Julia.

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Now, as gout sufferers, I am sure you have heard tons about what you should be eating and drinking to fend off painful attacks. The biggest factor of course, is to stay away from foods high in purine. Foods like red meats, fish and shell fish, mushrooms and asparagus. One big thing to stay away from is alcohol. Booze is one of the strongest gout aggravators.

But what have you heard about broccoli? Broccoli, a leafy relative of cabbage, is high in many of the vitamins proven to help lower uric acid levels, and as a bonus, it's very low in purine. Broccoli only contains 50-100mg of purine per 100g of the vegetable. When eaten regularly, broccoli is a natural detoxifier, helping to flush out uric acid and free radicals.

Broccoli is rich in fiber and vitamin C, and is a great source of folic acid and potassium. Potassium, along with the magnesium and calcium also found in broccoli, is also good for lowering blood pressure. A great thing about broccoli, with its high levels of dietary fiber, is that it makes you feel full. A nutritious diet is great for keeps gout flares away.

Broccoli is a deliciously versatile vegetable; it can be eaten raw, steamed, or boiled. You can often see it on party trays with dip or in a delicious broccoli salad. For some delicious broccoli recipes please click here.

Broccoli was first used over 2000 years ago. Ever since the Romans started using it in their cooking, broccoli has been turning up in many Italian dishes. It was Italian immigrants who first brought broccoli to North America, but it didn't start gaining popularity until the 1920's.

If a well-balanced diet (including broccoli!), abstaining from alcohol and exercising regularly are helping to control your gout flares, talk to your doctor. They may prescribe you colchicine, a drug proven to lessen the severity of gout attacks, or if taken daily, may prevent them all together. Colchicine can be bought at a discount from a licensed online pharmacy such as Big Mountain Drugs, where you will be taken care of quickly and securely.


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Gout Sufferers - Are your shoes helping you?

January 9, 2012 by Julia.

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Researchers based out of AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand have discovered another environmental factor leading to gout flares- your footwear. "We found that gout patients in our study often wore improper footwear and experienced moderate to severe foot pain, impairment and disability," explains Professor Keith Rome, who led the research team.

Just over half of the subjects wore proper footwear, which includes walking shoes, athletic shoes ("sneakers") and loafers. All of these shoes have a solid foot bed, for good arch, ankle and knee support, and are close-toed. However, 42% of gout sufferers wore unsuitable shoes such as flip-flops, sandals and moccasins. Another factor of good shoes is their age. Some of the sufferers were wearing the right shoes, but researchers were finding them to be over 12 months old or older. The benefits of good shoes steadily decrease as the get older and more worn.

When choosing which shoes to wear or buy, consider these factors once you slip a pair on:

- Cushioning - Do you feel your feet lightly depress the insole? Do your toes have wiggle room?
- Support - Can you feel the shoe all along the bottom of your foot? An important detail many people forget is arch support. A lack of arch support can over time cause ankles to turn in, causing discomfort which may eventually radiate upwards towards the knees and hips.
- Stability - Walk around your house or the store. Do you feel your ankles turning in or outwards? Are your feet staying firmly in the shoes?
- Motion Control - Walk quickly and slowly. Do you feel your feet moving in the shoes?
- Wear - before putting on that old pair of sneakers to garden, consider what they felt like when you first bought them. Over time, our weight breaks down the sponge or gel insoles, losing that important support and stability in your shoes. If you notice they are 100% conformed and depressed to your foot's shape, it may be time for a new pair.

Good foot support is important in many ways for gout sufferers. A properly fitted shoe should be comfortably snug, but not tight. Too tight and too loose (flip flops) shoes can irregular circulation. Regular, circulation is essential for flushing of uric acid, buildups of which cause painful gout flare ups. Comfortable shoes are also important for keeping active. An active lifestyle has been proven to lessen the severity of gout flares-but no one wants to exercise if their feet hurt. Talk to your doctor about your gout, and ask if your shoes may be affecting your comfort.

Your doctor may also prescribe colchicine, a herb-based drug used to prevent and treat gout attacks. Read more about colchicine here.


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Recall of Allopurinol Tablets made by Teva

January 16, 2012 by Estella.

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Hong Kong's Department of Health today instructed the wholesale drug dealer to recall a batch of Allopurinol tablets.

Allopurinol (under brand name: Zyloprim) is a drug used to treat hyperuricemia and multiple recurrent gout attacks.

According to the investigation, no fungal elements and the black substances were found in the tablets. Hydrocarbon oil might be used in equipment for the production of tablet. It may cause the quality issues.

Almost 23-thousand boxes has been imported into Hong Kong and were supplied o HA, local pharmacies and private doctors.

So far, A Health Department spokesman said they had not received any reports of adverse affects in connection with the product.

Colchicine tablet is another alterative gout drug for the treatment of gouty arthritis and gout attacks.


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Bored of Cherries? Try Berries for Your Gout Treatment!

January 19, 2012 by Julia .

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When searching for a natural remedy for your gout, cherries and cherry juice are often the first food that pops up. But we are now finding that it's not just cherries. Other berries are also helpful for lowering uric acid levels. Strawberries, blueberries, and other red-blue berries are high in antioxidants, low in purine, and have low acidity, making them perfect snacks for gout sufferers.

Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid, which then crystallizes in the joints, especially in the toes, feet and knees. Large amounts of these sharp crystals cause painful gout flares. The goal of many natural remedies and prescription medications is to either reduce uric acid levels (prevention) or pain and inflammation relief from current gout flares, or both.

Eating berries won't stop a gout flare, but eating them regularly helps to lower uric acid levels, staving off the painful attacks. Some of the best berries to keep your uric acid levels low are:

Strawberries - Flavonoids are another inhibitor of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX), the same enzyme that is inhibited by the flavonoids in cherries and by NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. Flavonoids are helpful in the reduction of swelling. Strawberries are high in flavonoids such as pelargonidin and contain small amounts of the cyanidin, delphinidin and petunidin. Pelargonidin is the substance which makes strawberries red.

Blueberries - These little berries are quite high in anthocyanidin, an important flavonoid. As with most other berries, they are also extremely high in antioxidants. Eat plenty of these to keep your uric acid levels as low as possible.

Elderberries - Elderberries are great for gout as they are also low in purine, but high in cyanidin. However, the red elderberries shouldn't be ingested at all, and white elderberries should not be eaten raw. If you want to get the benefits of elderberries, choose elderberry juice or elderberry extracts.

Check out a tasty antioxidant-rich, low purine dessert option here at Health.com

If eating a low purine diet hasn't helped to reduce your gout flares, talk to your doctor about colchicine, a prescription drug proven to reduce the severity and numeracy of gout attacks.


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Drinking Enriched Milk for Gout Pain Relief

January 24, 2012 by Estella.

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Drinking from the jug
Daily consumption of enriched skim milk may help reduce gout flare-up.

The new study shows that people who drank an enriched skim milk shake made from powdered milk and additional dairy components has fewer gout attacks and painful symptoms.

Previous study showed that people with low diet and dairy products are more expected to develop gout.

The researchers also say that they need further clinical trials for the diary recommendations for gout.

Gout is a form of arthritis. Colchicine and other gout treatments that will help relieve pain and reduce swelling.


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