What is your Gout trying to tell you?

The five most common forms of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, gout is one of the most painful forms of rheumatoid arthritis. Gout affects approximately 3.9% of the US population and has been steadily rising as more and more American’s struggle with obesity and hypertension. Statistically, more men are afflicted with this condition than women because men have higher uric acid levels in their blood than women.

There are four types of gout:

  1. Asymptomatic (without symptoms) Hyperuricemia – Elevated levels of uric acid only. No other symptoms.
  2. Gouty Arthritis or Acute Gout – Often triggered by aggravating diet, stress, alcohol or another illness. Attacks usually happen at night and subside within 3-10 days with or without treatment.
  3. Interval or Intercritical Gout – The symptom-free time between acute gout episodes. These intervals tend to get shorter and shorter over time.
  4. Chronic Tophaceous Gout – Usually develops over a long period of time (like 10 years) with possible permanent damage to the joints or kidneys.

Purines are natural chemical compounds found virtually every type of food. Here is a short video on purines in relationship to gout. Usually the body eliminates uric acid via the kidneys by dissolving it into urine. When excessive uric acid builds up and the kidneys can’t keep up, urate crystals can form. These sharp urate crystals can develop in the kidneys, joints or tissue surrounding joints, causing severe pain and inflammation.

A 12-year study on foods related to gout recommended primarily avoiding high-purine foods like hearts, herring, mussels, yeast, smelt, sardines, and sweetbreads. Moderately-high purine foods are game birds, mutton, veal, bacon, liver, salmon, trout, haddock and scallops.

Risk factors for gout include genetics, obesity, excessive weight gain (especially during youth) moderate or binge drinking, high blood pressure, abnormal kidney function, heart disease, joint injury, chemotherapy, diuretics, some medications (including low-dose aspirin, steroids and immunosuppressive drugs).

Use of steroids and pain-killers may temporary alleviate symptoms of gout, but a diagnosis of gout is a good indication that systemic problems have been brewing for a long time and some lifestyle and comprehensive nutritional changes need to take place.

Improving kidney function and reducing C-reactive proteins (an indication of systemic inflammation) are two key aspects to preventing gout. If you’re a bit fuzzy on what kidneys do, here is a quick three minute video on the critical role kidneys play in filtering the blood and supplying vital nutrients to the body.

Reducing or eliminating high-purine foods would clearly be a smart way to reduce the burden on the kidneys.  Supporting the body’s overall digestive health would also help kidney function and reduce uric acid imbalances. Drinking lots of fresh water and eating a high-alkaline diet full of fresh raw foods and fiber meets those objectives.

Studies have shown that many supplements can benefits gout-sufferers by improving kidney function, reducing systemic inflammation caused by free-radical damage and aiding in digestion. Click on the name of each supplement type below to see how it can address gout related problems:

Anthocyanins – Plant flavonoids that give red, purple, and blue hues to fruits, vegetables, some grains and flowers.
Digestive Enzymes
– assist in the digestive process of breaking down food.
Vitamin C – A study found a 17% drop in gout risk with every 500 mg taken daily Vitamin C and a 45% drop at 1500 mg daily.
Aloe Vera Juice
– provides naturally-occurring enzymes, nutrients and alkalizing benefits.
Resveratrol – Studies show resveratrol supports healthy cellular function and lowers inflammation.
Curcumin – This active ingredient from the turmeric root has numerous anti-inflammatory properties.
B-Complex – Assists enzyme production, neutralizes uric acid, boosts energy and improves response to stress.
Omega III Fish Oil – Unique anti-inflammatory when taken at a therapeutic dose of at least 3 grams daily for a minimum of 21 consecutive days.
Vitamin D3 – Low levels have been linked to poor immune response, rheumatoid arthritis and increased joint pain.
Fiber – Supports kidneys by assisting in detoxification and digestive health.

Many natural remedies for gout suggest drinking cherry juice. That’s because cherry juice is very high in anthocyanidins and an oxidized form of Vitamin C called dehydroascorbic acid (DHA). Anthocyanidins are found in tea, beets, plums, red grapes, hawthorn and some berries.

Anthocyanidins differ from their better known precursors called proanthocyanidins. Proanthocyanidins are found in tea, bilberry, apple, pear, grape seed, pine bark, beer, red wine, cranberry and red beans.

As always, bioavailability is always key when it comes to supplementation. Many people become frustrated when they discover how a nutrient may benefit them, but spend time and money trying the nutrient in various forms with little or no results.

If you’re looking for supplements that are designed for maximum absorption, effectiveness, safety and value, here is a list of excellent gout-fighting products to choose from:

Isotonix® Maximum ORAC – Delivers up to 95% absorption of anthocyanidin from rich, dark fruit phytonutrients.
Isotonix® Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics – Provides enzymes and good bacteria to optimize nutrient absorption and digestion.
Isotonix® Vitamin C – A synergistic formula providing ultra absorption thanks to the drinkable isotonic form.
Ultimate Aloe® Juice – Pure whole leaf aloe (minus the undesirable aloin) with 50% more active compounds. Wonderful flavors certified by the International Aloe Science Council.
Isotonix® Resveratrol – Superior isotonic delivery of the three best patented forms of resveratrol extracts.
Curcumin Extreme™ – Contains BCM-95®, which is 6-8 times more bioavailable than standard curcumin.
Isotonix® Activated B-Complex – Great tasting, metabolically-active essential B-vitamins & minerals.
Heart Health™ Omega III Fish Oil – Provides 60 therapeutic serving sizes of 3000 mg (900 EPA/600 DHA) of contaminant-free, small bodied fish oil plus 23 IU’s of Vitamin E.
NutriClean® Advanced Fiber Powder – Delicious soluble fiber with inulin, probiotics and l-glutamine.
Isotonix Vitamin D with K2 -Supports hormone production, bone, heart health and immune system response with an active form of D3 and K2.
Complete Greens® – Unique blend of over 50 natural enzymes, nutrients, probiotics and phytonutrients with a pleasant orange-vanilla taste. Great for digestion, decreasing acidity and increasing alkalinity.

3 Comments

  1. Crystal said,

    October 8, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Resveratrol and curcumin? Oh, that is new information to me. Thanks! Do you mean suggest all these supplements, including and vitamin C?

  2. Julie Lange said,

    October 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Crystal,
    Supporting the body with various antioxidants and nutrients can help when dealing with gout. All of the products mentioned in this blog contain excellent synergistic combinations of vitamins and nutrients which can assist the body in healing.

    – Julie Lange

  3. Sam said,

    February 26, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Good sharing. I read an article title “To Those Having Gout Problem” mentioned that a special gout remedy call gout papaya green tea and it’s extremely good to help cure gout issue.

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