Health Benefits Of Honey In A Gout Diet

Honey has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine and is also a key ingredient in over 600 remedies in ancient Hindu vedic texts, even the ancient Egyptians expounded the medicinal properties of honey containing honey in almost all of their remedies. It was also given as a gift in the Bible.

Honey is a strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and is highly nutritious, you can call it a natural multi-vitamin since it contains B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, zinc, iron, sulphur and phosphate. It is one of the most healing substances on planet earth!

These health benefits of honey can only be found in raw honey which is unpasteurized cause if the honey has been pasteurized (heat processed) killing off the beneficial components in the honey, so make sure to read the label carefully. As a general rule of thumb, the darker the honey, the healthier it’ll be for you. A lot of the pasteurized honey also has the pollen removed. So buy only raw honey and locally from a farmer if you can.

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Raw honey is the best natural sweetener to use for the gout sufferer which stands at an average glycemic index of 30-40, putting it on the low end of the glycemic range. Most commercial pasteurized honeys in the market usually score between 55-80 on the index which is very high. Of course if you eat large quantities of anything sweet, you may cause your blood sugar to rise, so only consume it in moderation please. Honey is not a high purine food, so eating it in small amounts may not trigger any gout attacks but if you are going to choose a sweetener to sweeten your oatmeal during breakfast or your afternoon tea, raw honey should be the choice for the gout sufferer.

Many people who suffer from gout and arthritis use different concoctions with either cinnamon and honey or apple cider vinegar and honey mixed in hot water that may help treat symptoms of gout and arthritis. One must drink this on a regular basis to see any results.

A study from Copenhagen University treated their arthritis patients with a concoction of one tablespoon of raw honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, right before breakfast found that after a week, out of 200 patients, 73 were relieved of their symptoms, walking without pain after a month. Cinnamon and honey mixed together is also promoted by Ayurvedic medicine. This remedy can also be used topically to the painful area and massaged into the skin.

Avoid sugar and other artificial sweeteners and if you have a sweet tooth, a little raw honey may do wonders in a gout diet.

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    27 replies to "Gout and Honey"

    • Ed

      It seems that fructose in honey may be an issue not so much for its increasing of UA through a purine metabolism but rather by its effect on kidneys: inhibiting the excretion of UA and increasing UA reuptake.

      Honey may possess constructive (healing) properties that mitigate fructose’s negative effects by improving UA clearance rate via its affect on the kidneys.

      There are many papers on this subject if you search the web.

    • David B

      Fructose is a hard no. Honey is listed as the completely avoid. I also just learned the purine is not as big an issue as fructose.

      Purines are created by our own bodies during fasting and exercise.

      Still can cause flair ups but fructose is the true problem.

    • frdrick sichilongo

      I,m a regular sufferer of gout. So learning that raw honey is good for gout makes me very happy. This is because raw honey is readily available in my country.

    • Tom Yum

      Honey and fructose in general is my WORST gout trigger. I can trace most of my worst flare-ups to eating too much honey. So, as always, YMMV.

    • Roland

      Hello, i been reading all the comments and heard many pros and cons on honey, i heard bee sting therapy works but make sure you are not allergic to bee stings, Stevia lately has become over rated and recently its coming in packets and to me that rings out DANGER because its processed into a fine sugar. I am a man of risks and i try not to rely on info so much online because he said she said is always confusing and you can spend hours reading, even what to eat or not. I just gave up and just put trust in mother nature and harvested my lemons,ginger and honey from a friends farm, also i am a fery big fan of Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother, i at times add that in my drink, but use just a drop or you may find youreself with puckered lips. I dont discredit proffessional suggestion I just tired yes Yogurt, no yogurt or whatever and said just trust mother nature more shes been on earth alot longer than any doctors. Good luck. Oh the drink has to be hot, to let lemon and ginger and honey blend in.. 10 minutes than mix should be fine. My gout as of right now feels like someone stabbed my wrist leaving me temp. Disabled, our bad habits causes this, avoid bad foods at alll cost, i miss them dearly but if you want a life without gout theres many delicious sacrifices. The yogurt still sits in my icebox frozen, cant stand the taste of it..

    • Gleb

      How much do you think I can eat honey during the day if i have gout? This is my only source of sweet, no sugar at all. I eat about 2,500 calories per day, 100-150 calories from honey will be fine?

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Yeah that’s fine if like you say that is your only sugar intake for the day. You can have up to 26 grams of sugar in one day, so measure it accordingly.

    • James D Lumley

      My experience is that I have to be careful about eating honey if I am having gout problems. I was eating honey on my yogurt and having lots of pain and trouble walking on my right foot. I read here online that honey can be the problem and stopped eating the honey and noticed a decrease in the pain to practically nothing within a couple of days.

    • Peter Jago

      Interesting. I have a teaspoon of honey with oats, yoghurt, blueberries/raspberries for breakfast. Do we know why honey and cinnamon are useful with gout? Honey is used for other medicinal reasons as well e.g. wound healing and by hay fever sufferers.

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Hi Peter!

        Honey contains certain enzymes that acts as a catalyst in the digestion process, especially, to disintegrate the carbohydrates and sugars.

    • Brenda

      I going try the bee sting the next time I get gouts! When I had gout I saw a bee on my Rosemary I thought about that I hope and pray it work anything to kill that pain that will bring tears . A bee sting would not hurt like Gout ! I let you know I am sucking on celery stick ! Summer a killer for me! I pray bee sting will work

    • Shabbirali

      For me no need to take any medicine. Just don’t eat anything for the full day. (Optional: Have couple of cups of black cofee), few times apple cider vinegar mixed with water and if hungry then eat some fruits.
      This works and gives me relief in a day. Even medicine do not do this wonder.

    • Cathy

      I do not see anything addressing the use of Splenda if you suffer from gout. I probably use 4 packets per day in my coffee and the Almased shakes that I drink twice a day to aid in weight loss.

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Hi Cathy!

        Splenda will not affect your gout directly but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that it’s definitely not healthy.It has shown to cause gastrointestinal problems, blurred vision, seizures, migraines, allergic reactions, blood sugar increases and even weight gain which can indirectly affect your gout. It is a man-made chemical at the end of the day and I would stop consuming it if I were you.

        • Cathy

          Thanks, Spiro. It’s time to buy sweetener again, so I’ve done some research on stevia. Seems you can’t really feel comfortable about using that either. Guess I’ll put raw honey on my shopping list! I was just recently diagnosed with gout and the information on your website has been a godsend!

          • Alice

            Cathy, stevie extract is 50% aspertaine which is a wood alcohol and not much different from stevia.

          • Eric

            Nothing wrong with packaged Stevia.

    • Ken

      Bee stings can cure many arthritic ailments. There are many references in many bee books, what the sting does is activate natural cortisone in the body . The first stings hurt but after a while you get used to them and it is no worse than a masquito bite . Raw Honey is also amazing this is honey straight from the bee hive, not the nasty stuff you get in supermarkets,it cures crutch rot, fungal infections, stomach ulcers, leg ulcers the list goes on and on..

    • Mark Williams

      Hi, I was juts rating about the stomach bacteria theory which is very interesting. I was recently in the Caribbean, I work there as a captain on sail boats and had a flare up, interestingly a South African guy approached me who was a bee keep and told me how he has stung people before and cured gout…have you heard anything you this? Thanks for your time.

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Hi Mark!

        No that’s a first! Never heard of anything like that.

        • Mark Williams

          There are a lot of interesting articles about it online, about bee sting theory curing arthritis. Il let you know if I find out any more.

      • Gina

        My grandfather was a bee keeper. When his arthritis was bothering him, he would make a bee sting him. It seemed to work for him. He lived from 1909 to 2002. I think over the years we have lost some old time wisdom. We always had honey and as children helped plant clover so his bees would have a nearby source. He usually put part of the comb in the jar too which was an extra treat.

    • رژیم لاغری

      Treating digestion issues with honey has been done for centuries. Specifically, raw honey may be helpful with treating acid reflux. Honey may also help lower the specific bacteria associated with peptic ulcers, H. pylori.

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