Gout Treatment, Cure & Remedy
You should always consult a doctor for treatment of gout. But some of the drugs
used for gout - such as allopurinol, colchicine, indomethacin, and prednisone -
can cause serious side effects.
So you may want to discuss with your doctor if an alternative approach might
work for you. An approach without the toxic side effects of gout drugs. One dietary approach is simply to eat cherries. In the 1950s, Dr. Ludwig Blau
discovered that he could keep his gout away by eating a minimum of 6 cherries a
day. It helped his crippling gout so much that he was actually able to get out
of his wheelchair and start walking again.
He discovered his "cherry cure" by accident. One day, he ate a large bowl of
cherries and the next day, his foot pain was gone. He found that as long as he
ate the cherries every day, his gout was controlled. Many other people - some of whom have written to Prevention magazine - have also
found relief by adding cherries to their diets.
Supposedly, if you already have crippling gout or if you feel a gout attack
coming on, you should eat 15 to 30 cherries a day at first to get your gout
under control, then 6 to 10 cherries a day after that to keep the gout away.
Red and black cherries - fresh, frozen or canned - have been used successfully
to treat gout. Drinking several tablespoons of black cherry juice daily may
produce the same effect. It's best to eat the cherries or drink the cherry juice between meals.
Gout Food - Cherry
So why do cherries work for some people with gout?
Because gout destroys the collagen that is needed to form connective tissue and
cherries stop that destruction. Cherries also neutralize uric acid and have
There are other changes you can make to your diet, too. For example, eating a cup of strawberries may help to control gout. You should also drink plenty of water to help flush the uric acid out of your
body. Six to eight 8-ounce glasses a day is probably best.
Losing excess weight may also reduce uric acid levels, but it must be done
gradually and under a doctor's supervision. Severe dieting or fasting can
actually make your gout worse.
Many people also try to eliminate foods with high purine levels from their
diets. Some of these foods may worsen gout by increasing your level of uric
acid. Some high-purine foods are meats, especially organ meats, gravies, herring,
mussels, sardines, fish, and alcohol.
At least one study suggests that high-purine foods such as beans, peas,
mushrooms, spinach and cauliflower do not make gout worse. But you should
consult your doctor for the latest information and recommendations.
Important Disclaimer: This information is presented for educational purposes
only. This isn't medical advice and it's not a substitute for any advice or
treatment from your physician. You should always see your doctor before starting
any new diet plan for losing weight or controlling gout.
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