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A type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood and joints, gout is a very painful condition with symptoms including stiffness, pain, inflammation, and redness in the joints. Gout often attacks the feet, toes, fingers, elbows, wrists and ankles. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are typically prescribed to treat gout but often come with some troubling side effects. If you have gout, you may be able to control the condition and relieve the symptoms using certain types of food.
Garlic is a natural anti-inflammatory, which makes it effective against gout. Try eating a few fresh cloves of garlic when an attack of gout begins, or eat one clove of raw fresh garlic a day to prevent gout attacks. Red clover is good for removing toxins from the blood as well as thinning the blood, so it may help with gout symptoms by reducing uric acid levels. Add some fresh parsley to your meals to control swelling from gout. Cayenne pepper also combats gout pain and swelling when it is boiled in vinegar and applied topically.
Berries are one of the most effective remedies against gout. Blueberries, black cherries, strawberries, grapes and red cherries contain compounds that remove uric acid from the joints and relieve pain while reducing swelling and inflammation. If eaten at the onset of a gout attack, the berries should help to clear up symptoms within 48 hours.
Celery seeds can help with an attack of gout due to their anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. To prepare a celery seed remedy, simply boil a handful of celery seeds in water until they become soft. Then, strain the liquid and drink. The compounds from the seeds will help the body to eliminate uric acid, bringing relief from an attack of gout.