Celery as a Natural Gout Remedy
August 22, 2011 by Lynn.
Celery has been used for centuries as a natural diuretic and anti-inflammatory. When it comes to gouty arthritis, celery is believed to act in much the same way as the gout drug allopurinal.
Gout is caused by excess uric acid in the body. Xanthine oxidase is an enzyme that plays a major role in the production of uric acid. Allopurinal is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor that reduces the creation of uric acid.
Studies in rats showed that celery may also inhibit xanthine oxidase. Two small human studies treating arthritis and gouty arthritis patients with celery extract also achieved positive results.
James Duke, PhD, a botanical consultant and former ethnobotanist, is the author of The Green Pharmacy. After Duke developed gout and was prescribed the gout medication allopurinol, he decided to try celery instead. He reported he kept his gout symptoms at bay using two to four tablets of celery extract a day, without taking allopurinol.
Celery's ability to both reduce swelling and increase the elimination of uric acid through the urine makes it a popular natural alternative to prescription gout medications. Herbalists advise that celery extract should not be taken by pregnant women, or by anyone with an allergy to celery.
To read some actual gout patients' comments on their experience with celery and celery seed on PeoplesPharmacy.com, >CLICK HERE.<
The author is not a medical expert, and this article should not be considered medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting or discontinuing any prescription gout medication.
Filed under: Gout Natural Remedies.
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