The liver, brains, kidneys and hearts of certain animals all have one thing in common; it is that they are purine rich foods, and if they are consumed on a very regular basis, they could increase the chances of undergoing an attack of gout. This is a painful condition that affects the feet especially the joint at the big toe. A compound called uric acid crystallizes at this joint causing swelling, inflammation and a strong burning sensation. Eating purine rich foods can make this condition much more severe and can leave the sufferer almost unable to walk.
Many purine rich foods also contain the proteins needed to sustain a healthy life style and so they should not be removed from a naturally controlled diet, however there should be a moderate intake of these foods so that the chances of gout are reduced. There are other purine rich foods also that have a high content level of this substance; sardines asparagus, cauliflower and even the yeast in beer, are all known to be candidates. Fortunately although there are remedies that are naturally available and can, with their high antioxidant content, reduce the level of gout causing uric acid in the blood.
Of these remedies, one of the best ways to combat the excesses of purine rich foods is to consume black cherries. They have proven to be one of the most effective, and if these are purchased as a fruit, will make a tasty daily treat. Alternatively, the juice is available; from the larger shopping outlets or health food stores in bottles of concentrated liquid, and can be diluted as a refreshing drink or taken directly. Be warned though, the undiluted concentrate is very sweet. But it can be added to other less sweet desserts and make nice topping syrup. It is recommended to use this remedy twice daily to keep the production of uric acid under control.
One thing that should be remembered here though is that purine rich foods alone are not responsible for high uric acid production. There are other things, like coffee and tea that can help to increase acid content in the blood so all aspects of the diet should be looked at and taken into consideration. Although gout is a very painful condition, with the right foods it can be reduced and even cured. Sufferers who have begun to use natural remedies have shown remarkable improvements to their condition, and though it is not an overnight result, the continued use of the natural way has historically cured them. Avoid purine rich foods.