Gout is a severe form of arthritis, and although it’s clouded in mystery and often overlooked by people who don’t suffer it, it can be agonizing and debilitating to those who do.
It is caused by an accumulation of uric acid in the blood, which is the product of the breakdown of waste elements that usually dissolve in the blood and get processed by the kidneys.
For individuals that suffer gout, their kidneys don’t get rid of the uric acid quickly enough and it crystallizes and gathers in the joint.
Symptoms include sudden ache, soreness, heat, and redness in joints. In any situation, it is at the base of the big toe,
Gout is chronic and many individuals out there don’t want to be on drugs (aspirin) for the rest of their lives.
By making a mixture of these ingredients and tapping into their natural healing component, you can help relieve or prevent the symptoms.
Pineapple, turmeric, ginger root, tart cherry juice.
Bromelain, an enzyme contained in Pineapples has been shown to be useful in reducing inflammation. The theory behind this is that it affects prostaglandin synthesis (basically, it interferes with the hormones that signal for inflammation).
Bromelain enzyme also aids in the digestion of proteins (the reason why pineapple is so popular for tenderizing meat) and gout has been connected to diets high in protein, which can cause an excess of uric acid accumulating in the blood.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is famous for pain relief lately. Curcumin halts the production of the protein that signals the blood vessels to enlarge.
Gingerols contained in the ginger root is an active component and can be related to capsaicin. Gingerols are structured similarly to capsaicin on a molecular level.
This means that it may help inhibit the signals sent to your brain that trigger pain. They also reduce the enzymes causing inflammation.
Tart cherry juice (optional)
Cherries have been associated with lowering levels of uric acid in some researchers. Although these studies were not specifically done on gout, it is possible that it would help avert an attack if consumed regularly.
You will require
- 1 whole pineapple
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of powdered turmeric, 2 to 3 teaspoons of
- powdered ginger, (or 1 inch off of fresh ginger root).
- A cup of tart cherry juice.
- A blender, food processor, or lots of elbow grease.
- A glass container with a firmly fitting lid and a strainer
peel the skin and stem off of the pineapple. You can choose to chop up and use the stem and strain the drink, or you can choose not to use it.
The reason for the inclusion of the stem is because of its high concentration of Bromelain, but using just the fruit is ok too.
Cut the pineapple into slices that are rough of the same size and put them in your food processor or blender.
Whirl them around until they are evenly mashed up, pour in a cup of tart cherry juice, and then sprinkle in 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric and 2-3 teaspoons of ginger.
Store in a sealed glass container and put in the fridge for up to a week and a half. You can add honey to taste, and you can also choose to use the greater or lesser amount of turmeric and ginger depending on how you like it.
It is believed that daily consumption of nettle tea might help prevent a gout attack in the first place. If it is not possible for you to get a pineapple, there are bromine supplements out there.
And do not get any type of canned or preserved pineapple as the enzymes will have been killed off by heat used in the process of making the product.
As our diets change and more individuals experience high blood pressure, cases of gout are becoming more and more frequent. Finding out what foods that cause it will be hugely beneficial, as well as following a gout diet.
Remember that just because something is natural doesn’t give the assurance that it’s safe. If you are on medication or you don’t know how these ingredients might affect you, always check with a medical expert before using it.