Anyone who has suffered from it can tell you that gout can be excruciating. In this condition, uric acid crystals precipitate out of the blood into the joints. The joint of the big toe is especially vulnerable to gout, although the condition can also affect ankles, knees, elbows, and wrists. During an attack, even the light pressure of a bedsheet may be unbearable. Doctors prescribe a number of medications for gout, and one or more may be necessary. When home remedies work, however, they are less expensive and less likely to cause side effects.
I began taking celery seed extract capsules six months ago for gout. Within a day, all foot pain was gone. A blood test six weeks later showed normal levels of uric acid. I take two capsules each morning. It’s a miracle for me.
Celery seed was a traditional treatment for rheumatism, an old-fashioned term for inflamed joints. Ethnobotanist James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy, says that celery seed extracts have helped him ward off gout attacks.
I suffer from gout from time to time. Have you ever heard of curry relieving the symptoms? My wife made a soup containing curry powder, and within one hour after eating it, I could feel the pain going away. I ate the soup the next two nights, and my gout was 95 percent gone.
Thanks for the tip. Gout is a painful inflammatory condition in which uric acid crystals collect in the joints. The yellow spice in curry powder is turmeric. For centuries ayurvedic practitioners have used it to treat inflammation. Research on animals confirms that turmeric extracts can reduce joint swelling from arthritis.1
I have heard that sour cherry juice can ward off gout attacks. Have you heard of this remedy? My doctor thinks it is ridiculous.
Cherries have traditionally been recommended for gout prevention, but the medical evidence has been limited. One study showed that uric acid drops after people eat bing cherries.2 Elevated uric acid triggers the excruciating pain of a gout attack, so this finding supports the potential usefulness of sour cherries against gout.
My sister has had two recent episodes of gout. Without health insurance, she could not afford to go to the doctor. I gave her some samples of an anti-inflammatory medicine I had on hand. She took them but got relief only when she started eating sour cherries. Someone told her it was an old remedy to eat six cherries a day. Was this relief all in her mind? Will the gout return? It was extremely painful and left her almost immobile.
Once someone has an attack or two, they may be more prone to others unless their uric acid levels are lowered. Many readers have reported that sour cherries can ease the pain associated with gout and even arthritis. Fresh, dried, or frozen cherries, cherry juice, or even cherry extract capsules may be helpful. No home remedies have been clinically tested, however. There are medicines that help lower uric acid levels, but they require a prescription. A diet low in red meat, fish, and other seafood and high in low-fat dairy products seems to help some people avoid gout attacks. One study confirms that alcohol, especially beer, increases the risk of gout.3
I was on Celebrex but experienced side effects. A friend recommended that I try FruitFast Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate from Brownwood Acres. It took four weeks for the juice to kick in, but at the ripe old age of 79 I’m tap dancing again. It worked for me.
We’ve heard from others that tart or sour cherries or cherry juice might ease joint pain from gout. Your testimonial is terrific, and we suspect others will want to try cherry juice for arthritis as well. The brand you mention is available at 877-591-3101 or www.brownwoodacres.com.
I was fascinated to read about a 79-year-old person with arthritis who is tap dancing again after drinking tart cherry juice. I too have been drinking the juice in addition to watching my diet and cutting out shellfish. I have had no further attacks.
We’ve received many anecdotal reports that tart cherries help relieve gout. You are smart to watch your diet. One article confirms that people who eat a lot of meat and seafood are more inclined to have gout attacks.4
Joe Graedon & Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy: Quick & Handy Home Remedies, published by National Geographic