What are some natural cures for gout?


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Natural treatments for gout include applying cold packs to the joint, drinking water, elevating the joint on a pillow, and avoiding beer, drinks sweetened with fructose, and purine-rich foods such as liver, states WebMD. Other treatments include eating cherries, drinking coffee and increasing vitamin C intake, notes Mayo Clinic.

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Gout patients can reduce inflammation and pain by icing the joint several times daily, for about 20 to 30 minutes, states WebMD. Drinking water balances the body's uric acid level. Studies show a relationship between cherries, lower uric acid levels and fewer gout attacks, according to Mayo Clinic. A link also exists between drinking regular or decaffeinated coffee and decreases in uric acid levels. Vitamin C may reduce the level of uric acid in the blood, but as of 2015, no studies show that the vitamin reduces the number or intensity of gout attacks.

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