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Gout is a type of arthritis, characterized by sudden, severe attacks of joint pain with redness, warmth, and swelling in the affected area.

It usually attacks only one joint at a time. It most often strikes the joint of the big toe, where it's also known as podagra, but other toes can also be involved.

Gout is typically a condition of middle age, ten times more common in men than in women, unusual in people under the age of 30, and rarely seen in women before menopause. A first gout attack most commonly occurs around age 47. It's most common in countries with high standards of living, mainly because diet plays a big part in this condition. It affects about 1% of the population.

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The most common sign of gout is a nighttime attack of swelling, tenderness, redness, and sharp pain in your big toe. You can also get gout attacks in your foot, ankle, or knees. The attacks can last a few days or many weeks before the pain goes away. Another attack may not happen for months or years.

See your doctor even if your pain from gout is gone. The buildup of uric acid that led to your gout attack can still harm your joints.

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Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Most of the time, having too much uric acid is not harmful. Many people with high levels in their blood never get gout. But when uric acid levels in the blood are too high, the uric acid may form hard crystals in your joints.

Your chances of getting gout are higher if you are overweight, drink too much alcohol, or eat too much meat and fish that are high in chemicals called purines. Some medicines, such as water pills (diuretics), can also bring on gout.

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Celery (Apium graveolens) seed: stimulates elimination of uric acid. 

Bilberry contains compounds called anthocyanidins that have proven valuable against gout. These substances reduce uric-acid levels and inhibit tissue destruction. Choose a product containing 25 percent anthocyanidins and take 80 milligrams three times daily.

Juniper berry is a diuretic herb that helps reduce uric acid. Take 350 to 500 milligrams in capsule form or 1 cup of tea twice daily.

Squeeze the juice of ½ a lime in 1 glass of water. Drink this morning, noon and night.

Extract ½ a cup of juice of French beans (String beans). Drink this juice everyday for a month.

Take 2 tsp each of organic apple cider vinegar and honey. Consume this mixture once a day.

Consume 3-4 bananas everyday. Since bananas are rich in minerals like phosphorus, it would react with the uric deposits thus eliminating them.

For people who suffer from gout in their toes, fill the bathtub with water and add one-third cup of ground ginger in it. Soak the affected area for about 30 minutes, after which, rinse thoroughly.

Increase in the consumption of foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, green pepper and leafy green vegetables.

Apples, cherries and strawberries are beneficial in treating gout

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Hawthorn offers some of the same properties as bilberry. Choose a standardized extract containing 1.8 vitexin-2 rhamnosides and take 100 to 200 milligrams two or three times a day.

Nettle root increases the excretion of uric acid from the kidneys. Take 250 milligrams three times a day.

Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory action. It is used in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine against gout, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. Take 250 to 500 milligrams three times a day.

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Eliminating protein from meat is not totally suggested because the body also needs some of its nutrients. However, the suggested amount of protein in your diet is a limit of 15% of protein contribution to calories if you are into lean meats and poultry. Our ingestion of animal fat should be maintained at less than 10% while calories from fats as a whole should only be at less than 30%.

Provide more nutrients coming from carbohydrates which we get from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and cereals. Drinking coffee, tea, and chocolate beverages are allowable in moderate levels.

Fruits that are proven to be highly beneficial are tangerines, tomatoes, blueberries, fresh cherries, strawberries, bananas, oranges, and mandarins. There is certainty in countering high uric levels if we eat the following vegetables: red cabbage, parsley, green leafy vegetables, red bell pepper and potato.

Knowing that there is another possible disorder resulting from high uric acid levels, may finally convince us to adhere faithfully in low purine diets. This is to avoid not only gout pains but also the possibility of our genes to carry over genetic codes of autism in our next generation. Purine-rich foods are definitely the gout foods to avoid.

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