Can You Fight Gout With Bananas?

There seems to be a plethora of gout remedies through eating unusual foods such as alfalfa, bilberries, juniper, celery seeds, and even nettle. What about something quite common and very tasty? What about bananas?

We are not talking about banana splits or chocolate covered bananas exactly, but just plain bananas. Well here is a video explaining how this common fruit can help a gout-prone person. Remember, gout is caused by uric acid crystals which are needle-shaped when examined under a microscope, and these crystals are formed out of excess uric acid in the bloodstream.

This, in turn leads to inflammation, redness, swelling, heat and great pain in certain joints that can be affected. Mainstream drug-based medication (e.g. colchicines, NSAIDs, corticosteroids, etc.) can be effective in reducing the symptoms of gout, i.e. the pain and inflammation, but they do have negative side effects like nausea, cramps, vomiting, etc.

Many gout victims who suffer from recurring gout often find this very troubling as well as unacceptable. Along comes the lowly, common, everyday variety of fruit, the banana, to save the day. Who would have known? The video explains how the banana can help to prevent the onslaught of a gout attack by providing potassium and vitamin C.

So you can help decrease the chances of a gout flare-up at the same time you are enjoying a delicious fruit. This is the best of both worlds, so to speak. I doubt that just eating bananas without taking care to avoid other foods that build up acid in the bloodstream, such as foods high in purines, will stop gout attacks, but as least you may enjoy a tasty dessert without any purines.

By the way, there is a weight control diet, called the Japanese Morning Banana Diet that is being followed by a few folks that entails eating up to four bananas for breakfast. Also, one must eat lunch and dinner just until feeling full, drink room temperature water throughout the day, and get at least six hours of sleep starting before midnight.

Of course, ice cream, excessive sweets, and potato chips, to name a few, are not on the menu. It may be a good diet for the gout sufferer also. Before starting any diet be sure to consult a licensed health care professional.

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