Tart Cherry Extract
Gout is a complex form of arthritis that causes swelling, redness, tenderness in joints with unbearable pain that can affect anyone. Gout affects the big toe but can also be in the wrists, hands, knees, ankles or feet. These attacks can come on rapidly and in some cases, people may also develop fever, but symptoms will usually subside within hours to days with or without medication. Most patients with gout will experience repeated attacks over the years.
Gout is an accumulation of uric acid, depositing the fluid around the joints. Gouty arthritis usually attacks one joint at a time and a substantial accumulation of uric acid in the body is representative of gout symptoms Foods such as asparagus, mushroom, organ meats or fish may bring attacks.
There are natural ways to treat gout. A change in diet is a start. Eat less meat or seafood and increase intake of fluids and dairy products. Dairy foods such as milk or yogurt have been shown to decrease uric acid. Alcohol, beer and fructose from soft drinks can increase the risk for gout so consumption should be decreased. Increase the consumption of water and juice. Tart cherry juice being highly recommended. Uric acid normally disolves in your blood passing to kidneys and then to urine. If the body produces to much uric acid and the kidneys release to little uric acid it can build up forming crystals in joints or surrounding tissues inturn causing pain inflammation or swelling.
Research has shown cherry juice or tart cherry extracts have health benefits plus helping relieve pain of arthritis and gout. Consumers have found that tart cherry extracts or cherry juice can ward off pain and are loaded with antioxidants. Being beneficial to gout patients they also help fight cancer, heart disease, diabetes, insomnia, anxiety and joint health. Not only benefits for gout but so many other health related issues. This is getting a multi-function supplement.
Tart Cherry An Age Old Remedy
Our medical researchers may be tapping into an ago old remedy. In a home medical book I received, dating back to the late 1800’s," natural cures for gout " recommended consuming tart cherries or drinking cherry juice. The benefits of tart cherry extracts were known hundreds of years ago. It may be worthwhile to try these extracts as sometimes old remedies really do work. Hundreds of years ago our ancestors relied on natural remedies and could not rely on man made drugs, many of which have other side affects. A far healthier choice was used. There are many drugs on the market for gout relief but ongoing studies are also being done on this natural cure involving inflammation and the lowering of uric acid. Researching the benefits of this antioxidant (tart cherry) shows that it may help obesity along with heart related issues.
Tart cherry extracts include vitamins A, B6, C, E, Fiber, Potassium, Beta Carotene, Melatonin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Folic Acid. There are no known side effects although it does contain melatonin hormone that helps regulate sleep. If you have a sensitivity of melatonin check with a health care provider before taking the extract.
This modern day look at an old fashioned remedy for gout may have many benefits that should be addressed. After all using a natural approch is healthier and more benefical to over all good health.