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Q. Dear Terry, “Please tell me what is good for gout. What, if any, supplements would help? Should I be avoiding specific foods?” — Phyllis D., Madison, WI

A. Dear Phyllis, I believe I can offer you some alternative nutritional options. However, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input.

While conventional medicine would have people suffering from gout avoid red meat and saturated fats, I think it’s better to eat moderate amounts of healthy, grass fed, organic red meat (which behaves differently in the body than the mass market kind) and healthy fats, while avoiding grains (especially grains containing gluten such as wheat, rye, barley, oats). For more information, click my healthy diet plan. Staying hydrated is also important. A study showed that drinking 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day can cut down gout attacks by almost half. The authors speculate that staying well-hydrated dilutes the circulating uric acid in the blood stream which is what triggers gout in the first place.

When it comes to relieving the pain/discomfort often associated with gout, I would recommend trying a combination of high-absorption curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help you get comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times a day.

To reduce gout symptoms and flare-ups, look to freeze-dried sweet cherry extract, which is effective in helping reduce uric acid levels. Cherries are an extremely nutritious fruit, containing important nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin, beta carotene, vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium and magnesium. I learned of this remedy a long time ago, as I have lived in Wisconsin all of my life. In parts of Wisconsin, we grow large quantities of cherries. This has been a folk remedy around these parts for decades. What’s nice about the cherry fruit extract capsules is that you do not have to consume large quantities of cherries or cherry juice nor do you have to worry about extra sweeteners.

Look for a product that contains a freeze-dried extract. Freeze-drying, rather than spray drying or drum drying, fully preserves the plant compounds needed by the body to reduce uric acid levels, instead of losing them during processing (by exposing the berries to heat). I would suggest 750-1,500 mg twice daily of a standardized, freeze-dried sweet cherry extract.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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