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Treating Gout

By Aneron Kepasil

Gout is a painful condition that occurs when the body cannot adequately eliminate the uric acid that builds up in the system, causing crystallized uric acid to form in the joints. A form of arthritis, gout can take months or years to build up to critical mass, at which time is becomes extremely painful, with inflammation developing in the joint of the big toe, as well as the joints of the ankles, hips, knees, fingers, heels, thumbs and inset of the feet.

Gout is typically associated with eating meats that contain a high amount of iron, such as liver. Some vegetables also have high amounts of purine. Purine rich foods such as lentils, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli and dried beans and beans contribute to the development of gout. Even normally healthy are not safe from purine content. Oatmeal, wheat bran, and wheat germ extract can cause problems for gout sufferers if they are consumed in excess.

Most doctors will use prescription medicines as the treatment for gout. A medicine called colchicine will help reduce inflammation, swelling and pain caused by sudden gout attacks. The medicine works by decreasing the uric acid crystals built up in the joint. However, the medicine does not reduce the levels of uric acid in the blood stream. Most often the pain usually goes away in about twelve hours of starting the treatment for gout, and is completely relieved by 48 hours. Taking the medicines colchicine, or allopurinol, usually prevents future attacks.

Gout occurs when there is too much uric acid in the blood. Certain individuals are more prone to get gout, including males over the age of 30, people who have a history of gout running in the family, individuals who are overweight, those who consume more than two alcoholic drinks daily or two carbonated beverages sweetened with sugar, cigarette smokers, those who regularly use diuretic medications and those who include abundant amounts of red meat, poultry, yeast and seafood in their daily diets.

Alternative treatments of an acute attack of gout may involve bed rest, immobilization of the affected part and local application of heat or cold. Management of gout also may involve attempts to control the rate of uric acid formation by having the individual follow a low purine diet. Such a diet excludes sweetbreads, liver, kidney, poultry, fish, alcohol, rich pastries, and fried foods. To promote uric acid clearance by the kidneys, individuals with gout will usually be encouraged to drink fluids frequently.

Bioflavonoids that occur naturally in mulberries have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Mulberries have been used to treat gout in China for centuries. The goal of all gout toe treatments is to improve the digestion and absorption of purines, improve the digestion of this chemical, and expel uric acid from the blood stream. One of the most effective all-natural products that achieves this goal is Goutezol. Additional information about this supplement derived from the mulberry tree can be found at www.goutezol.com Remember to check with your family doctor before beginning any gout toe treatment.

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