Honey and Gout

Gout and Honey

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 will cause your blood sugar to rise, so only in moderation please. Honey is not a high purine food, so eating it in small amounts will 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 to treat symptoms of gout and arthritis. One must drink this on a regular basis to see 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 are 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 can do wonders in a gout diet.

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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19 Comments

  • Raco

    Reply Reply September 22, 2019

    I have been free of gout for the last ten years now, I love Raw Honey which I spread on my toasted grain bread, with coffee no sugar just. Cream only.
    I drink water with a squeeze lemon everyday from 8-10 glasses and when I’m traveling, I always buy lemon and squeeze it on my water bottle. And I also do not eat food with high purines, also do not eat meat anymore other than poultry chicken. EAT HEALTHY and drink WATER with squeeze lemon and you will be just fine.

  • Peter Jago

    Reply Reply June 20, 2018

    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

      Reply Reply June 20, 2018

      Hi Peter!

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

  • Brenda

    Reply Reply April 8, 2018

    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

    Reply Reply April 19, 2017

    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

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    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

      Reply Reply July 8, 2016

      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

        Reply Reply July 9, 2016

        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

          Reply Reply January 20, 2019

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

  • Ken

    Reply Reply March 16, 2016

    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

    Reply Reply February 19, 2016

    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

      Reply Reply February 19, 2016

      Hi Mark!

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

      • Mark Williams

        Reply Reply February 19, 2016

        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

      Reply Reply September 15, 2019

      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

    Reply Reply February 1, 2016

    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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