Turmeric spice for gout

Gout and Turmeric

The healing power of this ancient spice

Turmeric has been gaining popularity in the last few years as a home remedy for gout and is considered by many as a super-food. Turmeric is an herb that belongs in the ginger family. India has been using turmeric since 1900 BC, about 4000 years now, to treat stomach, liver ailments, as well as topically to heal sores, wounds, sprains, aches, pains etc… Ayurveda, which consists of Indian traditional medicine, has recommended turmeric in food for its potential medicinal value. In fact, India is the largest producer and user of turmeric in the world.

What can turmeric treat?

A turmeric type juice is also used to treat many skin conditions like eczema, scabies, shingles and chicken pox. Its’ antimicrobial property is what makes turmeric an effective home remedy. The active compound curcumin is known to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant, antitumour, antifungal and antibacterial activities which points to the huge potential for clinical medicine. It also used in Chinese medicine, to treat a wide assortment of infections and is used as an antiseptic. Curcumin has been a centre of attraction for potential treatment of an array of diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, allergies, arthritis and other chronic illnesses.[1] Since gout is a type of arthritis, turmeric could be used to treat this condition too! Remember that symptoms of gout are said to be closely related to rheumatoid arthritis.

Where does it grow?

Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia including Africa and is a widely used spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking. Many Persian dishes use turmeric as a starter ingredient and let’s not forget Indian food, chicken curry being one of my favourite dishes.

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What is the evidence in regards to gout?

A study done in China and published in 2009 (Insights into the inhibition of xanthine oxidase by curcumin) states that turmeric has been shown to inhibit chronic inflammation, so it may help gout suffers because it can reduce the activity of xanthine oxidase, the enzyme involved in the production of uric acid. The pain caused by gout can be relieved. This is the same action that allows allopurinol, Uloric (febuxostat) and similar drugs to lower uric acid. Studies examining the role of turmeric in the treatment of gout are lacking but more research has been done with turmeric and rheumatoid arthritis which is a cousin of gout. This opens the door to more research into commercial products that hopefully will soon be available to gout sufferers.

In another study, 107 patients with osteoarthritis were given 800mg Ibuprofen or extracts of turmeric of 2 grams daily for 6 weeks. At the conclusion of the study, both groups of patients suffered from less pain when walking or climbing stairs. I’d rather choose turmeric over ibuprofen too, way better on the stomach. So curcumin is a safe and efficient way to treat gout and/or tophi by easing the pain and swelling since curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory. A 2006 study UA College of Medicine done on mice, found that turmeric is able to slow down rheumatoid arthritis and in another study completed by the University of Arizona, the mice were induced with rheumatoid arthritis and then given turmeric, showed that this treatment reduced swelling and inflammation of the mice’s joints. Curcumin inhibits the production of prostaglandins which are related to pain. Turmeric can also help the adrenal gland produce greater levels of cortisone and this can relieve inflammation in gout. By lowering inflammation and oxidative stress, uric acid gets lowered.

How can I consume turmeric?

Turmeric can be taken in powder, tea, capsules or even tablets. You can take 300 mg to 600 mg of a standardized extract of turmeric 3 times daily to reduce gout pain or inflammation. You will also find turmeric root inside my proprietary blend dietary supplement NutriGout! Turmeric is safe for most people but do consult your doctor before use making sure there are no bad interactions with any prescribed drugs that you may be using. Turmeric can be purchased in health food stores, Wal-Mart and of course online, Amazon always has great prices! You can blend it in pineapple juice which includes bromelain which aids in absorption and also has a anti-inflammatory effect. Honestly, I simply add a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a tall glass of water and just drink it that way. I personally don’t find it has a bitter taste; it just gets swallowed up in every gulp I take. I do drink it often, almost daily after a workout to get my joints going again. Don’t forget that the powder can be used in your cooking or do what I do and simply eat at an Indian restaurant in your area from time to time. You can easily find recipes online and start incorporating turmeric into your diet.

Any risks?

Do not take turmeric if you have gallbladder disease or if you require surgery since turmeric has blood thinning properties and is not to be used by pregnant women or women that are breastfeeding.

 

Credits

1. Nagpal M, Sood S (2013). “Role of curcumin in systemic and oral health: An overview”. J Nat Sci Biol Med 4 (1): 3–7.

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28 Comments

  • Joseph n/a Kalinowski

    Reply Reply May 29, 2017

    I am drinking Yerba Mate in an iced tea fashion and just started supplementing with Turmeric. The Yerba kept the gout attacks at bay for 1 year and suddenly wore off. I think the turmeric and Yerba will provide a better solution.
    I am a regular beer drinker

  • Barbara B

    Reply Reply March 25, 2016

    What a wonderful blog! So happy I found you!

    Here’s my story:
    I started with horrible pain in my big toe, ( which put a huge damper on wearing heals) then in the joints of my thumb about 4 years ago. When I was diagnosed with Gout, I was shocked. My whole life ( 50 plus years) I rarely got sick.. I mean.. rarely get Flu, Colds, viruses,etc..

    I immediately started to read as much as I could on Gout and inflammatory issues. I always try to find ways to NOT take prescription meds if possible. So.. I eliminated red meat, reduced caffeine and alcohol and dairy. (I only drink occasionally with friends or events and once in a while on a week night. Drinking for me is average of two drinks.)

    I started to create a morning healthy combination of Fresh Turmeric, pineapple or berries, Fresh Ginger, and some dark greens.. the liquid I use is Tart Cherry juice, Pineapple for sometime just water / and ice makes it all taste better .

    I have done this now for over 2 yrs and I immediately ( within one week) felt relief from pain. And my joints went back to normal. ( not swollen). I was so happy I have kept this up every 2 to three days.. sometimes daily. And I am still happy..

    Except…when I revert back to a couple of drinks of alcohol I will feel the swelling and joint pain the next day. ( I am typically good about saying NO to drinks – my favorite is Champagne or wine) My job and social life has not made this easy but quite a challenge instead.

    What keeps me in line 80% of the time is not wanting the horrible pain in my toe to the point I can hardly wear any shoe. And remember, once you have a flair up it takes days to settle down. And of course as soon as I start consuming the healthy morning drinks I truly do get relief and I am find for several weeks and months till I goof up again and think.. ” maybe this 1 drink will be ok”.. it hardly every is.

    Does anyone know of an alcohol drink that is somewhat better to drink with mild inflammation? Maybe Prosecco? or ? Sometimes it’s nice to have one or two drinks to get happy buzzed relaxed feeling. 🙂

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply March 26, 2016

      Hi Barbara!

      Thanks for your input. If you are craving an alcoholic beverage then I recommend you limit it to no more than 2 drinks in one sitting, preferably red wine or try non-alcoholic beer.

      • William Binn

        Reply Reply April 10, 2016

        Red wine gives me gout in about 1 hour. I stick to scotch and soda or scotch and water (heavy on the soda to make it last longer).
        My real trigger though is high fructose syrup or sugars. Normal sugar is ok as long as I dont over do things, but High fructose stuff (softdrinks, icecreams etc), can effect me in as little as 3 hours. Oh… and dehydration seems to be key to how much gout inducing things I can tolerate before an attack will come on.

  • mono_indian_med_doctor

    Reply Reply March 2, 2016

    MIX CHERRY JUICE WITH TURMERIC OR CURCUMIN
    AND DRINK DAILY
    YOUR URIC ACID ..PAIN IN JOINTS AND INFLAMMATION WILL VANISH LIKE MAGIC

    Monotosh
    old tradition indian medicine doctor..

  • Debbie

    Reply Reply January 3, 2016

    Hi Spiro, my hubby suffers terrible and at the moment this attack has lasted weeks. His foot is swollen terrible and he now gets it in his ankle also. He has tried everything, the prescription drugs make him ill, so we try to look for home remedies. He has been taking tart cherry capsules for about 3 years and they seemed to have kept it at bay, he just has twinges here and there. Then out of the blue, BAM it has come back with a vengence. Any advice would be greatly appreciated or maybe he could read some of your work.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply January 3, 2016

      Hi Debbie!

      A gout diet is key! What is a gout diet? Well read all my posts here on this site and check out my ebook if you can. Basically, your husband needs to change his diet to a more plant based diet where a minimum of 80% of his calories come from complex carbs like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole wheat breads and pastas, whole grain rices…Avoid alcohol, avoid sugary beverages like soft drinks and juices, drink plenty of water every day, some herbal tea or coffee.

  • Peter B

    Reply Reply November 2, 2015

    Like many, I have most likely logged in thousands (no joke !) of hours researching gout . . . foods, meds, treatments, relief, doctors, shamans, help and pity online over the past 17 years of my attacks.

    Like you, genetically this makes no sense ! being Serbian should have excused me from this class.

    I just signed up for your newsletter, and must compliment you for being the first (in 17 years) newsletter that I have ever signed up for.

    I do not know where you are located, I am in Oregon (USA), and the knowledge base here is abysmal . . . “I” am the states expert.

    I quit using NASAIDS many years ago, and went to Curcumin for the anti-inflammatory part of the mix….being a writer and webmaster I have written “volumes” on gout, and if interested would allow you to peruse them. (not created for anyones use but mine and a few gout sufferers I meet), they might be interesting to you.

    Anyway Bravo on the site, it is the best!

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply November 2, 2015

      Thanks Peter! Email me any writings you’ve done on the subject of gout, looking forward to “perusing” them as you say!

  • Spiro

    Reply Reply December 6, 2013

    An interesting article explains how curcumin can be used to fight cancer cells: http://www.businessinsider.com/curry-filled-nanoparticles-can-fight-cancer-2013-12

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