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Bored of Cherries? Try Berries for Your Gout Treatment!

January 19, 2012 by Julia .

logan and mystery berries
logan and mystery berries
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.


Filed under: Alternative Gout Treatment, Gout Food Diet, Gout Natural Remedies.

Tags: gout treatment, gout food diet, gout natural remedy, cherries, berries, gout arthritis, gout flares, colchicine, colcrys, generic colchicine.


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