Teas for gout
Gout has been affecting people for thousands of years, and the frequency of this disease has spread to the average man, doubling over the past two decades. Often, the condition is debilitating and lowers the quality of life of the patient. Gout is a form of arthritis that results from excess uric acid in the blood. Uric acid produces crystals that remain in joint tissues, especially those of the large fingers of the lower limbs, and causes an inflammatory reaction that leads to swelling and causing pain. Approximately 90% of the victims are men and most are over 45 years of age. Other risk factors include various medical conditions such as: hypertension, obesity, diabetes and some types of medications such as diuretics.
Gout crises appear suddenly, as the uric acid level grows slowly in the body and does not cause obvious symptoms. Eventually, uric acid crests begin to form in the joints, causing inflammation, swelling and pain. People who suffer from gout pain say the sensation is similar to walking on pieces of glass, and the foot seems to explode. If the gout is not treated it can spread to other joints, it can damage both the liver, the heart and other organs.
Gut has been associated in the past with an indelible lifestyle and diets that include large amounts of red meat, seafood, dairy products and alcohol. For decades, the main dietary advice for those suffering from gout has been to limit the amount of protein and avoid foods rich in protein, such as beans (uric acid is formed as a result of the breakdown of proteins in the body).
But new research has shown that protein and beans do not increase the risk of gout.
Gout patients should include in their diet
- vegetables: vegetables with green leaves, carrots, onions are rich in antioxidants and other substances that fight against gout. Parsley, thyme, mint have extremely high content of a certain type of flavonoids, called apigenin, which helps keep uric acid under control. Beans should not be avoided because they have many positive effects on the body and must be included in the diet of any person, not even harmful to gout. A recent study has confirmed that even spinach, which has been associated with triggering the gout, does not increase the risk of developing the disease.
- fruits: red-blue berries and pineapple are the right choices. Still the best are cherries. Some experts recommend eating 6-8 cherries every day to prevent gout and 20-30 cherries during an acute crisis.
- Liquids: dehydration can trigger gout attacks, so it should be prevented by drinking 6-8 glasses of water or teas a day.
- coffee: according to some studies, if you drink about 4 cups of coffee every day, the risk of triggering gout decreases by up to 40%. However, coffee will be consumed with caution by hypertensive people.
- skim milk: as a result of research it was found that men who eat low-fat dairy products reduce the risk of developing gout by up to 50%.
Gout patients will avoid the following
- fructose: sugar and fructose increase the risk of developing gout.
- red meat: pork, beef, lamb and animal organs increase the risk of developing gout.
- shells, lobster, shrimp, oysters and crabs: but will be consumed over, which has a positive effect on the body, as fatty acids in their composition reduce inflammation.
- alcohol: it can trigger an attack within 24 hours. The risk varies depending on the type of alcoholic beverage.
The following dietary supplements may be tried to treat or prevent gout
- Vitamin C - Intake of at least 1500 mg of vitamin C per day reduces the uric acid level and the risk of developing gout by at least 50%. High levels of vitamin C can prevent gout.
- Cherry extract - you will avoid both extra pounds and acidic juices, and instead you will be given 500 mg of black cherry extract. Studies have shown that they contribute to lower levels of uric acid in the blood thanks to compounds called anticians, which have the role of reducing inflammation. Experts say all kinds of cherries offer the same benefits.
- Quercetin - One gram of this type of flavonoids daily reduces the chance of forming uric acid crystals.
- Turmeric - an essential ingredient in curry, a 300 mg capsule of this herb with a natural anti-inflammatory effect, three times a day, reduces inflammation and gout pain.
- Apple wine vinegar - malic acid in its composition is considered by some beneficial experts to dissolve uric acid and eliminate it from the body. It is preferable to consume 30 ml of organic apple vinegar every day.
- Fish oil - two grams of fish oil per day reduces gout inflammation.
For gout diuretic-depurative teas are recommended for a period of at least three weeks.