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Understanding Gout - Natural Gout Supplements, Herbs & Nutrients

Gout was once considered the rich man’s disease because it more commonly affected the individuals who had diets rich in meats, alcohol and fat. It is a condition which commonly affects the big toe but can also cause other joints to become swollen, hot and tender. It is essentially considered an acute inflammatory arthritis attack that is brought on by high levels of uric acid circulating in the blood. High levels of uric acid are caused by genetic and dietary factors including heavy meat and alcohol consumption, which causes the uric acid to crystallize and deposit in the joint. Individuals with hypertension, obesity and other cardiovascular conditions are more likely to develop gout. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly used to reduce symptoms of gout but, a combination of lifestyle factors including weight loss, moderating alcohol and fructose consumption and using nutritional supplements like vitamin C are the most effective at prevention.

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