Gout is a form of arthritis. It develops in people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. This acid forms needle-like crystals in the joints which lead to painful flare-ups, including tenderness and swelling.
If you've had a flare-up in the past, don't assume the problem has subsided unless you've directly treated the high levels of uric acid in your body. In between flare-ups, low grade inflammation continues to damage the joints.
Find out below how to reduce uric acid levels in the blood...
5 Natural remedies that lower uric acid levels
In one study, ginger was shown to reduce uric acid levels and reduce pain
associated with gout. You can make ginger tea by steeping sliced ginger root in boiling water, grate it into your food for a wonderful flavour and aroma, or even just snack on thin ginger slices for a zingy effect.
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This fresh and aromatic vegetable is high in alkalinity, which helps balance pH levels in the blood and reduce uric acid. It's a great snack when filled with tuna or peanut butter, for example. You can also juice it for a healthy drink.
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#3: Milk thistle
Better known for its use for liver conditions, this herb has also been shown to reduce uric acid. And if you do drink alcohol, it could double-up to protect your liver and reduce inflammation levels.
Pick your favourite kind - red, black, sweet or tart, cherries have been shown to be effective in lowering uric acid. It's especially effective during flare-ups - reducing pain
and inflammation quicker. Have three servings per day - either whole or juiced (don't add sugar).
Anyone, with any chronic condition, should be taking a magnesium supplement. It lowers inflammation and higher levels are associated with lower levels of uric acid.
Other ways to help contain uric acid is to drink a lot of water to flush it out of the system and protect the kidneys. Also reduce or avoid triggers such as alcohol, red meat and shellfish. Try to lose weight if you're obese, and cut down on sugar as much as possible - even fructose in fruit juices. Stay away from fizzy drinks especially too.