Gout a Growing Problem
BBC News today highlighted the soaring prevalence of gout. One in 40 people in the UK suffer with this extremely painful condition.
Gout is a form of arthritis, caused by the build up of uric acid in the blood and some joints. Uric acid is the waste product created when the body breaks down purines (a type of protein found in many foods and all of our cells).
The disease is more common in men and particularly affects people who are overweight. The growing rates of obesity will mean that more people will suffer with this debilitating joint problem.
Avoiding alcohol, particularly beer and fortified wines along with certain foods high in purine is important as well as taking additional Vitamin C which can help reduce the uric acid in the blood. Cherries and berries, including goji berries and blueberries are high in Vitamin C and it is claimed that eating plenty of cherries or berries every day, or drinking cherry juice is extremely helpful with gout. Of course using Vitamin supplements would be very useful also. Don't expect immediate results, one has to take the Vitamin C daily for a least a month to see improvements.
Although many hospitals these days offer good general dietary advice, even better results can be achieved when this advice is based on detailed analysis of one’s diet and food reactivities.
As with arthritis, identifying the foods to which you may be intolerant can have huge health benefits when they are conscientiously avoided. Checking important nutrients in the blood so that deficiencies can be corrected that may have anti-inflammatory effects is essential.
Allergy Medical UK offers both dietary advice and testing as well as blood tests to identify nutritional deficiences.