Is gout hereditary? Learn more how DNA genetics can affect gout.

Your genes play a big role in shaping who and what you are. Inheriting genes means you can get your mother’s blue eyes and your father’s superior physical ability. Thankfully, you can rest easy knowing you can’t inherit your brother’s big nose.

Along with the genes, a person can also inherit an array of cultural and socioeconomic experiences from their family.

A person’s family history has also been shown to have a significant impact on the likelihood of developing common disease complexes. …

Famous people who suffer from gout

From tabloid magazines at the supermarket to lavish Oscar award ceremonies on TV, our society can’t seem to get enough of our favorite celebrities. Even amongst the most casual of fans, we can barely resist the urge to at least take a peek at the latest celebrity gossip.

We look up to our favorite celebrities as role models that demonstrate traits and characteristics we would like to achieve one day. So when news hits that a celebrity has suffered from a painful medical condition like gout, we are suddenly reminded that they are humans after all.

By using their star…

Gout is a lifelong condition that affects the joints. It’s caused by excess uric acid where if too much of it builds up in one joint, it can result in a painful gout attack. This is why gout patients are told to manage their uric acid making sure it does not go at high levels.

If you suffer from gout, you’ve also probably been advised by your doctor to take care of your heart health. This is because gout raises your risk for cardiovascular diseases. …

Chocolate is one of the most beloved sweet treats in the world. You’re probably a big chocolate lover yourself but as a gout patient, you might be wondering if it’s something that can raise your uric acid.

Chocolate in your gout diet

Here’s the thing. Chocolate by itself is not bad. It’s the ingredients that are added to mainstream chocolate products that make it bad. They are often very high in sugar, and as you may know, sugar can be a trigger for gout since it elevates your uric acid.

For instance, a bar of Hershey’s Chocolate contains up to 8 teaspoons of sugar! Or…

You’re probably already familiar with celery. It’s gotten quite popular recently with influencers touting celery juice as their secret to optimal health. However, there is more to celery than just its stalk! There’s celery seed and it’s a powerful ingredient that may help with your gout. It’s not a very popular remedy here in North America but it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for many centuries. It’s used for a variety of illnesses such as flu, cold, bloating, poor digestion, bronchitis, skin disorders, hypertension, high cholesterol, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Celery seeds for gout

History of Celery Seed

To be clear, celery seed does…

Did you know cinnamon can have healing benefits for gout? Yes, this spice which can be found in almost any home pantry might just help with your gout woes. But before we delve into that, let’s first take a look at where cinnamon came from.

History of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to man. So old that it’s even written as one of the most important herbs in a Chinese botanical medicine book written in 2700 BC. In traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon is used for its warm qualities. It’s been said to help relieve flu and…

Green Tea benefits for gout

Green tea is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. There’s probably a good reason why. Not only is a relaxing drink, but it also provides a host of benefits for your health. We’re wondering, does it have benefits for gout as well? We’ll find out in this article.

The practice of drinking green toe goes way back many centuries. In China, it’s a drink that’s been consumed since as early as 2737 BC. This is because they believe green tea can cure many ailments such as high cholesterol, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, skin diseases, and even…

Sugar in a gout diet can raise uric acid.

Sugar is one of the worst triggers for gout and yet it’s the one thing that’s very difficult to avoid. Why? Because sugar is everywhere. It’s in your cereal, ketchup, barbecue sauce, fruit juice, coffee — even in food that is supposed to be healthy like yogurt, protein bar, and smoothie.

As a gout sufferer, what are you to do? Just avoid everything and not eat anything? Of course not! There are some ways to go about your diet while still avoiding sugar. But before we get to that, let’s first talk about why certain sugars are bad for you.

Turmeric in a gout diet

Turmeric is a traditional spice that’s been used for thousands of years. You probably have this bright yellow spice in your kitchen if you’re into making savory Indian meals. But if not, you might want to add this item into your pantry as it’s been known to help with gout.

Where Does Turmeric Come From?

Turmeric belongs in the ginger family and its use goes beyond the kitchen. It’s an ancient spice from India known for its healing properties. …

Does Vitamin C help with gout?

Vitamin C is one of the beneficial nutrients for gout. It’s been shown to lower uric acid by improving excretion in the urine. This prevents that buildup which can lead to gout attacks.

Remember that high uric acid levels are caused by two reasons: the body produces too much or the body cannot excrete it fast enough. If you are one of those gout patients who have difficulty getting rid of uric acid, vitamin C might be useful for you.

It’s not the ultimate cure for gout but there has been a number of studies that show vitamin C’s positive…

Spiro Koulouris

Spiro Koulouris is the author of Gout and You: The Ultimate Gout Diet and Cookbook and also writes for the leading website on gout.

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