When you hear people ask what causes gout, or what are some gout symptoms, the answer is always the same - It's a lifestyle thing.
Gout is an extremely painful form of arthritis caused by the build up and retention of uric acid. It is very rare to see a gout attack in premenopausal women, but it occurs most commonly in men over the age of 40. It is estimated that more than 6 million americans suffer from gout.
During Tudor times there were two popular gout remedies. One involved the creation of a salve made of goats grease or goose fat and saffron. This was then administered as a poultice to the affected area.
The other was much more exciting ~ “Mix together in a large pot 1 cup pigs marrow, 1 cup of worms, some herbs for aroma and 1 red haired dog just for good measure. When mixture has reduced to a thick gruel, allow to cool slightly before applying.”
Gout symptoms may first start to appear when the kidneys fail to process of DNA protein known as purines. As these purines begin to break down, they are converted in the blood stream to uric acid and form deposits which rupture the lining of the joint (synovial lining) resulting in the severe inflammation which characterises gouty arthritis.
Common gout symptoms include severe redness and localised swelling of the joint. Extreme tenderness ~ even the weight of a bed sheet will cause the sufferer of gouty arthritis immense pain, heat and redness.
When faced with the problem of what causes gout there are many alternatives to traditional gout medication which may cause severe side effects.
A common medicinal treatment for what causes gout is Allopurinol.
Some of the side effects produced by Allopurinol may include ~ a hypersensitive reaction resulting in a skin rash, fever, possibly hepatitis or a deterioration of renal function.
Allopurinol is commonly known to cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis both of which can be life threatening.
It is also suspected of causing birth defects similar to Thalidomide and therefore should not be taken by pregnant women, or those attempting to conceive.
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Fortunately for us one of the best home remedies for gout can be found in the Nopal cactus (Prickly Pear). There are more than 114 species of nopal cactus located throughout Mexico and the US.
Nopales are often used in mexican dishes such as in carne con nopales (meat and nopal) and huevos con nopales (eggs and nopal).
Nopal fruit is rich in not only vitamin C (13% of RDI) but also calcium (14% RDI) magnesium (11%RDI) and manganese (20% RDI).
A study conducted by the University of Bridgeport (CT), showed that Nopal fruit lowers CRP levels (C-reactive protein) which may become elevated due to certain lifestyle behaviours such as physical or emotional stress, pollution, diet rich in acidic foods etc.
By eating nopales or drinking it's juice on a regular basis you may experience a reduction of rheumatoid arthritis inflammation and symptoms of a gout attack.
So, the next time you ponder the question, “what causes gout” ~ ask yourself if it would be more beneficial to consider a natural treatment for your gout symptoms.