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According to the National Arthritis Foundation, one in five American adult's suffers from arthritis. This means almost 45 million American's feel this excruciatingly pain consistently. In addition, as the population ages, the number of people experiencing arthritis pain is expected to increase dramatically. So with all of the prescription drugs available to help fight joint pain, why is a tiny fruit grown in Northern Michigan get so much attention from gout and arthritis suffers?


The Tart Cherry

Mother Nature's Joint Pain Solution For years, the tart cherry has been the source of legend and folklore. The natural pain relieving properties has been handed down from generation to generation for natural joint pain relief. Just as the old saying goes, "an apple a day will keep the doctor away", tart cherry believers may soon be saying, "Twenty cherries day will keep the pain away". In fact, according to research from Michigan State University, as few as twenty cherries can make a difference in relieving inflammation in the body.

According to the National Arthritis Foundation, one in five American adult's suffers from arthritis. This means almost 45 million American's feel this excruciatingly pain consistently. In addition, as the population ages, the number of people experiencing arthritis pain is expected to increase dramatically. So with all of the prescription drugs available to help fight joint pain, why is a tiny fruit grown in Northern Michigan get so much attention from gout and arthritis suffers? Embarassed

The most basic point of any good gout prevention diet is to reduce gout symptoms. This is achieved by lowering the levels of purine rich foods in the diet as these often trigger gout by raising the amount of uric acid in the blood, which in turn makes the pain worse.



  • Other high levels of purines can be found in fish like herring, and mackerel, and some dry beans are also troublesome.
  • Other meats are not as bad, but they still have higher numbers of purines.
  • It is a good idea to limit meat, fish, and poultry foods to about six ounces a day.
  • Getting information on specific topics can be quite irritating for some.
  • This is the reason this article was written with as much matter pertaining to Gout Prevention as possible.
  • This is the way we aim to help others in learning about Gout Prevention.



The diet will help, and when medication is taken as directed, someone with gout might enjoy long periods of 'remission' before they have to deal with the pain and flare ups that are associated with this condition.

Here are Five Tips to Keep a Gout Diet Fun:

1. Enjoy color: Keep your diet fun and interesting by keeping it colorful. Foods like tomatoes, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, fruit juices, tangerines, potatoes, oranges, and peppers. Now that we think about it, Purines food list actually that difficult a topic to write about. Just looking at the word, ideas form in people's minds about the meaning and usage of Purines. Wink

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Drink as much as possible to feel as good as possible. Though many vegetables are good for the body, those with gout should avoid things like asparagus, mushrooms, lentils, peas, and many dark green varieties of veggies during flare ups. Eat these in moderation at other times. Processed foods and foods that are heavy in oils or that have been deep-fried are also not a good idea for gout sufferers. Idea



  • Fish: Though some types of fish are out, a person on a gout diet can still have tuna and salmon.
  • Both of these are very versatile and can be enjoyed in many different ways. Surprised
  • Chocolate: One thing no one wants to hear when they have a special diet is that chocolate is out.
  • The good news is that chocolate is just fine for someone with gout.



One great thing about concocting a gout friendly diet is that medications help more than ever, and the diet does not have to be quite as restrictive as they used to be. However, that does not mean a person can eat whatever they want, whenever they want, without risking a flare up.



  • Dairy: Dairy is great as long as you stick to the low-fat variety.
  • Thankfully, most of these taste just as good as the normal varieties, and after a while you'll probably develop a preference for low fat anyway.
  • When it comes to drinking alcohol your best bet is to drink in moderation, and you may feel the best when avoiding alcoholic beverages completely.
  • Abstinence is essential when a gout attack is ongoing, as alcohol can slow the release of uric acid from the body.








  • Meats are known to be higher in purines, and they should be avoided.
  • However, you don't have to do without them.
  • The ones that are the biggest problems are the organ meats, and a lot of people don't like them anyway.
  • These include liver and kidney meats.



Gout (Metabolic Arthritis) is a Type of Arthritis Caused by Too Much Uric Acid in the Body

Uric acid is normally flushed out by the kidneys. Gout often affects the big toe but can also affect the ankle, knee, foot, hand, wrist or elbow. A disabling form of arthritis found most often in the feet - specifically the big toe - and occasionally in other joints. Symptoms include intense episodes of joint pain and swelling, which often happen at night, followed by pain-free periods. high uric acid blood level will sometimes allow formation of uric acid crystals in the joints, especially at the base of the large toe. Fortunately, gout almost always can be completely controlled with medication and changes in diet. this condition monosodium urate crystals are deposited on the articular cartilage of joints and in the particular tissue like tendons. Urate crystals may form in joints, resulting in inflammation and pain. Urate crystals may also form in the kidney and urinary tract, resulting in kidney stones.

Apple Cider Vinegar : 1 x tablespoon mixed with a table spoon of filtered water, make sure it is organic with "Mother" still in it , add honey to taste and take about an hour after a meal 3 times a day..this will regulate your pH levels and reduce them...clean your teeth also after using this as it stains..then after an attack reduce this to once a day. It was with great relief we ended writing on Purine Diet. There was just too much information to write, that we were starting to lose hopes on it's completion!

Cut back or eliminate alcohol consumption, because it interferes with the removal of uric acid from the body. Exposure to lead can cause gout. So have your doctor test your system for excessive lead levels. Metallic toxins can be removed from the body with a number of naturopathic/alternative remedies We have also translated parts of this composition into French and Spanish to facilitate easier understanding of Uric Acid. In this way, more people will get to understand the composition. Laughing



  • Drink 10-12 glasses per day of water, in order to help flush out uric acid crystals.
  • Intake of dried legumes, spinach, asparagus, fish, poultry, and mushrooms, should also be curtailed.
  • Refined carbohydrates and saturated fats are best kept to a minimum. Rolling Eyes
  • Vitamin A in large amounts can exacerbate gout.
  • Make sure you take no more than 5,000 I.U. daily.
  • If you are having attacks, you should stop all vitamin A intake.
  • Proper diet, nutrition, and metabolic balance all play crucial roles in the prevention and treatment of this disease.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also be used to treat gout.
  • The NSAID that is most widely used to treat acute gout is indomethacin.



Tart Cherries or Cherry Juice

A daily dose will help to prevent it and a few doses when he has a bout will help as well. It can reduce uric acid within an hour or less. You can also buy tart cherry in a dried capsule form though the fruit or juice is still better. It also helps with other muscle pain and can actually help the body heal faster from workouts. It's a natural anti-inflammatory agent.



  • Learning what it takes to successfully cure or treat Gout is as important as knowing the root causes behind it.
  • First you need to understand what causes Gout so that you can avoid Gout as well as treat Gout.



We expect that approximately two-thirds of the Uric Acid to be removed from the body through the kidneys and urinary system. Gout occurs when the Uric Acid is not metabolized properly enough to send it into the urinary system, so the blood levels reach higher proportions. Once there, the crystals may find a cozy joint (albany state university of a big toe) to gather and collect and proceed to wreak havoc by means of intense, sudden pain and off-the-charts inflammation.

During one 12-year study, it was concluded that the risk for developing Gout was significantly increased in participants that drank at least six servings of sweetened carbonated soft drinks per week (these were non-diet sodas). Evil or Very Mad

You can prevent Gout. Follow the steps and tips listed here. To avoid Gout or hasten the process of curing Gout avoid Purine rich foods and beverages such as organ meats, poultry, seafood and products containing yeast.

Coffee Studies have been conducted that connect the drinking of coffee - and the more of it the better - with marked prevention of Gout in significant numbers of participants. Elmhurst college that there is a correlation between elevated insulin levels and the presence of higher Uric Acid levels in the bloodstream. The researchers believe that drinking coffee lowers the level of insulin, and with it decreases the Uric Acid levels. Drink another cup of java and help yourself avoid Gout!

Alcohol News flash: Drinking alcohol increases the risk for Gout! There is a proven and direct association between alcohol consumption and the presence of Gout. Therefore, if you are an avid drinker, there's no way you can avoid Gout. The risk is greatest for beer drinkers followed by those indulging in liquor, but wine (in moderation) does not seem to have much of an effect on the incidence of Gout.

But It Goes Further

Sugary fruits and juices such as apples and oranges appear to carry an increased risk of Gout as well. For the person trying to avoid Gout flare-ups, the ill effects of sweetened soft drinks proved to be worse than hard liquor and almost as negative as beer. Fructose appears to be the culprit, having been found to raise Uric Acid levels.

Addition to preventing Gout's acute attacks, the effects of good hydration helps keep joints lubricated, flushes Uric Acid out of the body and away from the poor great toe and other inflicted joints and prevents or helps kidney stones pass through if present. The kidneys cannot function optimally in a dehydrated state, nor does any system in the body. It is of no use thinking that you know everything, when in reality, you don't know anything! It is only because we knew so much about Gout Info that we got down to writing about it! Surprised.

To treat and prevent Gout effectively, switch to water, low sugar juices or diet sodas and drink plenty of them.



  • Look closer at our every day consumption of liquids and their up close and personal relationship with Gout.
  • Prevention of Gout is not that difficult.
  • What you need is proper knowledge to treat Gout.
  • After reading what was written here, don't you get the impression that you had actually heard about these points sometime back.
  • Think back and think deeply about Gout Prevention



Read on... Water The most abundant home remedy to prevent Gout on the planet is at our fingertips. Water! There is no cheaper alternative to treat Gout. An individual seeking to prevent Gout or curing Gout it would be wise to drink as much as 96 ounces of water per day to maintain hydration and dilution of Uric Acid crystals in the bloodstream.

Sweetened Drinks Americans are drinking more sugary soft drinks than ever, but is there a coincidental rise in occurrence of Gout as well?

The cycle of Gout begins with the presence of a substance called Purine, which is formed during the normal decomposition of protein molecules in our cells. A by-product of Purine is a crystalline substance called Uric Acid.

Since our bodies rely heavily on the urinary system to rid us of excess Uric Acid, it is easy to understand why good hydration and fluid balance is so important. The balance of fluids in our systems plays an integral role in Gout prevention, cure and Gout treatment. Excess Uric Acid came into being some time back. However, would you believe that there are some people who still don't know what a Excess Uric Acid is?

Elevated levels of Purine present in the body at any given time, whether due to genetics or a high protein diet, may give rise to elevated amounts of Uric Acid in the blood stream.



  • Beer carries the most risk, not only contains alcohol, which can cause dehydration, but it contains Purine as well.
  • As discussed earlier, the higher amounts of Purine roaming in the body, the more Uric Acid will answer the call.
  • And it is the Uric Acid crystals that cause the excruciating pain associated with Gout!



Gout is a disease that is due to an inborn disorder of the uric acid metabolism and is also referred a new lease on life from psoriatic arthritis. When you suffer from this disease monosodium urate crystals are deposited on the articular cartilage of joints and in tissues such as the tendons. Then also causes an inflammatory reaction to the tissue and the deposits get larger and burst through the skin to form sinuses discharging a white material.

You aren't able to get immediate medical attention there are a few things that can provide temporary relief to the pain and swelling commonly associated with gout. NSAIDS including ibuprofen can be used to reduce the pain and inflammation, but stay away from aspirin as it has been known to have adverse affects. You can also apply Preparation H ointment to the affected skin to reduce swelling.

You can also apply ice to the affected area for 20-30 minutes multiple times throughout the day. Some may think that uric acid crystallization is increased with low temperatures but a recent study proved that those who use ice packs experienced a relief in pain without negative effects.

Gout commonly affects the big toe but can affect other area such as the joints in the ankle, heel, knee, wrist, instep, fingers, and spine. There have been instances where gout appears in the joints of the small toes which have become immobile because of an impact injury which leads to poor circulation and gout. The best way of gaining knowledge about Uric Acid is by reading as much about it as possible. This can be best done through the Internet.

The bloodstream usually carries only a tiny amount of uric acid but if there is an increased concentration then crystals are deposited on the cartilage and tissues that surround charcot joints. If you have high levels of uric acid in your bloodstream it can also result in uric kidney stones. Surprised.

To get an accurate diagnosis of gout you must have a light microscopy of joint fluid aspirated from the joint to show intracellular monosodium urate crystal in synovial fluid polymorph nuclear leukocytes. Only a well trained specialist can distinguish the difference from other crystals.



  • Hyperuricemia is a uric acid level higher than 420 mol/L in males and 380 mol/L in females.
  • High uric acid levels don't always lead to gout.
  • If it is suspected that you are suffering from gout the serum urate test should be repeated once the attack has subsided.



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