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Gout

Gout

“Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when crystals of uric acid accumulate in a joint, leading to the sudden development of pain and inflammation. The affected joint(s) is usually red, swollen, and very tender to the touch. A low-grade fever may also be present. The joint of the big toe is the most common site to accumulate uric acid crystals, although other joints may be affected. High levels of uric acid in the blood may result when a person eats too many high-purine foods such as liver, dried beans and peas, anchovies, and gravies.”

 

Supplement Considerations

High Potency Multiple Vitamin and Mineral
A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral should contain 1000 mg of vitamin C, which is associated with fewer outbreaks of gout. This should be combined with an additional intake of 2000-3000 mg of vitamin for optimal results.

Essential Fatty Acids
An essential fatty acid should contain the exact complement of essential fatty acids that are converted by the body into anti-inflammatory hormones. The production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandin hormones (series 1 and 3) are vital to long term successful management of various types of arthritis.

 

Additional Supplement Considerations

Additional Chinese Scullcap

150-250 mg of baicalein content

Additional Quercetin

150-250 mg. The baicalein flavonoid and quercetin block the enzyme (xanthine oxidase), which produces uric acid in the body.

Additional Cherry Juice

8 ounces per day. Cherry juice contains natural substances that are linked to improved management of gout. The active agents are not known at this time.

Additional Vitamin C

2000-3000 mg – Higher levels of vitamin C supplementation have been shown to increase excretion of uric acid through in the urine and reduce episodes of gout in published studies.

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