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By Alvin Hopkinson

Gout is a form of rheumatic arthritis that attacks the joints, tendons, and other tissues. Most gout patients, about 90% are men over the age of 40. Women who are menopausal and/or take medications for high blood pressure have a predisposition to develop the condition. Natural treatment for gout has become particularly popular in recent years as it is preferred over traditional medical treatments.

People who suffer from gout have an increased concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream. Often referred to as ‘gouty arthritis,’ gout attacks are extremely painful and sneak up on its victims suddenly. The build- up of uric acid form hard crystals that are deposited in the joints causing swelling, redness, tenderness, warmth, and inflammation in the affected area.

The big toe is the most common joint to be affected; however, gout is known to also affect the elbows, knees, fingers, wrists, and ankles. Acute gout attacks must be treated by a physician to lessen the initial pain and deter future attacks. In most cases, the gout patient is prescribed anti- inflammatory medications, yet they also recommend natural treatment for gout.

The ultimate goal for acute gout attack therapy is to reduce the level of uric acid in the body. Natural treatments will not only decrease the production of uric acid, but it is also essential for reducing the amount of purine ingestion.

Purine is normally broken down into the uric acid and excreted by the kidney and then disposed thru urine. Too much purine can cause the kidney to malfunction. Gout patients must avoid foods high in purine which increases the levels of uric acid in the body.

Natural treatment for gout is effective in that you are free of severe side effects that medications cause and it helps to improve the body’s overall health. Natural treatments used to manage gout and decreases the risks for future acute attacks include:

Eliminating Alcohol

Alcohol increases the production of uric acid and reduces the kidney’s ability to properly excrete the acid.

Drinking Adequate Amounts of Fluids

Drinking excess amounts of fluids, especially water, not only dilutes the urine and lessen the risks of hard crystal formulation, it also prevents the risks of kidney stones.

Avoiding Stress

Implement stress- free activities, such as exercise and stress- reduction techniques. Stress generally exuberate gout.

Eliminate or Reduce Niacin

Niacin aggravates gout because it raises uric acid levels in the body. (Generally taken to control cholesterol levels)

Eat Cherries

Eat 1/2 lb of cherries each day (canned, frozen, or fresh) for a week. The cherries will reduce the agonizing pain.

About the author:
Alvin Hopkinson is a leading researcher in the area of natural remedies and gout treatment. Discover how you can get rid of your gout for good using proven home remedies, all without using harmful medications or drugs. Visit his site now at