Gout is generally associated with elevated levels of uric acid in the blood and kidneys. At high levels this can enable crystals to build up in the joints which can cause severe pain from inflammation. Fortunately it can be easily treated.
Symptoms of Gout include:
- Intense pain in the area – most often in the big toe but also can occur in other joints, including knees, ankles, elbows, thumbs, or fingers.
- Swelling and stiffness – often in the joint at the base of the big toe of other joints.
Both men and women suffer from gout however the majority are men at 9:1.
Causes of Gout include:
- The most common factor is drinking too much alcohol, especially beer.
- A diet high in products containing fructose can contribute to gout
- It can be linked to injury or surgery, hospitalizations & stress.
- Diets high in meat and seafood, and certain drugs like antibiotics.
- Gout may also happen with some tumors or cancers.
- There is also a link between gout and kidney disorders, enzyme deficiencies, and lead poisoning.
- Gout can also happen in association with psoriasis.
- It’s common in people with transplanted organs because of medications that are often needed.
- Gout can be passed down in your family.
- It’s often associated with other common illnesses like high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
- Repeat attacks of gout are common if the body’s uric acid level is not kept under control.
Turmeric can be used in relief for gout sufferers, not only as an anti-inflammatory during an attack, but also, for lowering and maintaining healthy uric acid levels to help prevent recurring attack.
Turmeric not only reduces inflammation during an attack, it also lowers uric acid to help prevent future gout attacks.
Turmeric can be used as a natural home remedy by gout sufferers, not only as an anti-inflammatory during an attack, but also, for lowering and maintaining healthy uric acid levels to help prevent recurring attacks…
It’s been used in India for 1000’s of years as a natural medicine for all sorts of conditions such as; gout, rheumatoid arthritis, general aches and pains,stomach and liver problems, digestive disorders, respiratory conditions, conjunctivitis, sores, wounds, scabies, eczema, and other skin conditions.
How Does Turmeric Help Gout?
Turmeric is rich in curcumin, a powerful flavonoid which is able to ‘deactivate’ inflammatory systems in the body.
In a 2009 Chinese study – Insights Into the Inhibition of Xanthine Oxidase by Curcumin – it was found that curcumin inhibited the enzyme, xanthine oxidase, one of the prime causes of oxidative stress and inflammation.
Studies have shown that Turmeric / Curcumin can relieve the symptoms of gout in as little as 2 hours and prevent future attacks.
The viability of curcumin as a natural anti-inflammatory agent was also highlighted in a review of some 200 studies that was published in The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology in 2009. The review authors were of the opinion that:
“Although safe in most cases, ancient treatments are ignored because neither their active component nor their molecular targets are well defined. This is not the case, however, with curcumin, a yellow-pigment substance and component of turmeric (Curcuma longa), which was identified more than a century ago. For centuries it has been known that turmeric exhibits anti-inflammatory activity, but extensive research performed within the past two decades has shown that this activity of turmeric is due to curcumin (diferuloylmethane). This agent has been shown to regulate numerous transcription factors, cytokines, protein kinases, adhesion molecules, redox status and enzymes that have been linked to inflammation. The process of inflammation has been shown to play a major role in most chronic illnesses, including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases. In the current review, we provide evidence for the potential role of curcumin in the prevention and treatment of various proinflammatory chronic diseases. These features, combined with the pharmacological safety and negligible cost, render curcumin an attractive agent to explore further.”
Xanthine oxidase is also a key player in the production of uric acid, high levels of which is the major cause of gout.
So the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, may not only reduce the inflammation and pain of a gout attack, it may also help to reduce uric acid levels in the body too. In other words, all the things that regular anti-inflammatory and uric acid-reducing drugs can do for gout patients.
Turmeric can be used by gout sufferers, not only as an anti-inflammatory during an attack, but also, for lowering and maintaining healthy uric acid levels which help prevent recurring attacks.
The Turmeric & Ginger Lemonade with Mint recipe (with our 3xR Curcumin Super Blend Powder for turmeric / curcumin) is a refreshing anti-inflammatory drink that will help reduce inflammation and fatigue. See the recipe.