3 Natural Remedies for Uric Acid Buildup and Gout
Here, you’ll discover 3 simple natural remedies for uric acid buildup that will help you to get rid of gout. You’ll also learn what causes high uric acid levels and why natural remedies are preferable to drug-based treatments.
Uric Acid Buildup and Gout
Gout symptoms are caused by the presence of needle-like crystals in the joints that have formed out of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid is a byproduct of your body’s metabolizing process and so it’s quite normal to have some in your system. But when the levels are higher than normal, then crystals can form in the joints over time, thus causing painful and debilitating gout.
Your Kidneys and Uric Acid Buildup
Normally, your kidneys process and flush excess acid from your body via urine. But if your kidneys aren’t working efficiently, or, your body is producing too much acid for your kidneys to process as normal, then you’ll get uric acid buildup in your body. So, when it comes to trying to reduce your acid levels, you need to do all you can to help your kidneys do their job to the best of their ability.
Drugs for Uric Acid Buildup
Doctors typically prescribe drug-based medication to help relieve the gout symptoms during an attack. But they also quite often prescribe drugs such as Allopurinol and Acidaburn Probenecid to help lower your acid levels. Unfortunately, these only work while they’re being taken. They can’t lower your acid and keep it there permanently. And for very many gout victims they have to be used long-term.
Natural Remedies for Uric Acid Buildup
Because of the long-term nature of conventional drugs to lower uric acid, and the fact that they can have several nasty side effects for many people, natural remedies to reduce acid levels are increasingly being sought by gout sufferers like yourself. There are quite a few ways to lower your acid naturally, but here are three which have worked for me…
1. Vitamin C
In a small study, a group of gout sufferers increased their urinary excretion of excess uric acid within just a few hours when they took a minimum of 4 grams of vitamin C. Furthermore, a different group within the study taking 8 grams of vitamin C over several days, managed to actually reduce their blood uric acid levels.
You can take in vitamin C through your diet, by consuming plenty of fruit such as oranges, tangerines, mandarins, etc., and plenty of vegetables such as potatoes, red bell peppers and red cabbage, and so on. But you can also take vitamin C supplements.
Note: Don’t be too aggressive at the start as taking too large amounts of vitamin C can actually trigger a gout attack just by reducing your acid levels too quickly!
Cherries have been known for some time now to both reduce the inflammation of a gout attack and to lower uric acid levels in the body. A certain Dr. Ludwig Blau is reported to have cured his gout in 1950 simply by taking 6 to 8 cherries every day.
But everyone is different so you may find that you need to take more than he did. There doesn’t seem to be any agreed amount per day, but there seems to be a general view that 20 cherries per day can be effective. For my own part I found that 30 to 40 per day worked best for me. You can get concentrated cherry juice from health foods stores too.