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Gout. is Red Clover a Good Gout Herbal Medicine?
« on: September 01, 2016, 05:50:20 am »
Gout - is Red Clover a Good Gout Herbal Medicine?
Red clover has been used traditionally as gout herbal medicine for centuries due to its ability to remove toxins from the body. However, using red clover isn't without its side effects. Scientists are now seeing that red clover thins the blood, so it should not be taken without the guidance of a doctor or other health professional. If you are already on anticoagulant medicine, red clover should not be used.

Teas   - Tinctures   - Capsules   - Tablets   - Liquid extracts   - Isoflaven standardized extracts   - Topical ointments   When taken as tea, simply use one to two teaspoons of dried red clover flowers in a mug (8 ounces) of hot water; two to three cups should be taken daily. Or, red clover extract can be mixed into a regular cup of tea.

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  • Red clover herbal products are available at many natural and herbal stores.
  • It is quite a common item so should be available in several forms at your local health shop.

Red Clover in Capsule Form is Usually Taken in Doses of 50Mg to 150Mg Daily
If the capsules are red clover isoflavone extracts, then 28mg to 85mg is the normal daily dose. This means that two to three capsules will likely be required. For individual dosage instruction speak to a doctor.

  • The properties within red clover that make it an effective gout herbal medicine are isoflavones.
  • The isoflavones levels in red clover are 100 times higher than those of soy.
  • This helps to heal inflammatory conditions, including gout, but also arthritis and eczema.
Red clover tincture should be thirty percent alcohol (1: , and is taken in hot water as a tea with usually between sixty to one hundred drops (3 to 5 mL), three times every day.

  • Before taking red clover, be sure to speak to your health specialist, as you should before taking any new herb or supplement.
  • As a gout herbal medicine, red clover is available in many different forms.
  • These include:
As a herbal medicine, red clover is also known as:   - Meadow clover   - Cow clover   - Purple clover   - Trifolium pratense (Latin name)

  • For a direct topical treatment, red clover ointment or cream can be applied directly to the affected area.
  • However, take care not to apply to any area where there is broken skin.
An earlier article I quoted examples of studies that have shown Vitamin C can reduce uric acid (UA) levels, the objective of all gout treatments whether by pharmaceuticals or natural remedies. The usual uric acid level target is 6mg/dL in men, slightly less in women. This is the level below which the trouble-causing MSU crystals, formed mainly from uric acid, may dissolve and thus alleviate or cure gout. However, there are no ironclad guarantees this will happen at that uric acid level.

  • The convention wisdom is that vitamins are best obtained from natural sources,that is from fresh foods.
  • So how easy is it to eat or drink at least 500 mg of Vitamin C daily?
red peppers 190mg; orange juice 124 mg; green peppers 120 mg;  strawberries 106 mg; orange 96 mg; grapefruit juice 94 mg; kale 80 mg; broccoli 79mg; pineapple 74 mg; kiwi fruit 71 mg; lemon juice 61 mg; cantaloupe melon 59 mg; mango 57 mg; cauliflower 46 mg; red cabbage 40 mg; roasted chestnuts (European ) 37 mg; peas (frozen) 35 mg; raspberries 32 mg; lemon 31 mg; honeydew melon 31 mg; blackberries 30 mg; cabbage 26 mg; watermelon (one wedge ) 23 mg; tomatoes 23 mg.      Since the potato is so popular, note one baked potato 202 grams size: 19 mg. :)

To standardize and simplify this list Serving size is 1 cup unless stated; raw foods only (except peas); foods with added Vitamin C excluded; doesn't account for different varieties, country or region of origin; climate when produced and other variables; figures rounded to whole numbers. It is, if you like, the big picture. Vitamin C amounts are in mg. :D.

It's Hard to Summarise a Daily Diet for All the Tastes of People Who Read this Article
But the easiest (no cooking time) and probably the most popular way to reach 500 mg daily - drink plenty of orange juice. Or, putting it simply, and you've heard this before, eat these fruits and vegetables. Saying that all that is written here is all there is on Purine would be an understatement. Very much more has to be learnt and propagated bout Purine.

Just add up from the following list to get 500 mg daily. Source figures are taken from the USDA's (United States Department of Agriculture) National Nutrient database release SR  It is accessible online - search "National Nutrient database."

  • This is not the usually explained purine theory.
  • However it should be noted that not all gout sufferers have excessive uric acid in their bodies but most do.
  • If you have gout and excess uric acid, the important thing is to try to reduce it.
  • It's not likely vitamin C on its own will cure gout.
  • But it is helpful especially if combined with a low purine gout diet and other natural remedies for gout.
  • And here are a couple of surprises.
  • Two spices or condiments that are high in vitamin C and not often mentioned: paprika 100 grams (71mg); prepared horseradish 100 grams (25mg).
A few words about strawberries Berries are excellent foods for a gout diet, principally because of their flavonoid anthocyanidins. (It is the anthocyanidins in cherries which are believed to have positive effects on lowering uric acid levels). These act as antioxidants thus boosting general health which is so important for gout sufferers. But among the anthocyanidin berries, strawberries stand out as the highest in Vitamin C.

But Do Not Follow a Strawberries Only Diet
This is a crash diet which is not a good idea since crash diets can trigger gout, and may worsen it. But if you suffer from gout strawberries are an excellent addition to your gout diet plan, because of their anthocyanidins, (the dominant one is pelargonidin), and their Vitamin C. Was it this combination that cured Linnaeus' gout?  Perhaps it was.

Uric Acid is a Major Body Antioxidant and Antioxidants Quell Free Radicals
Excessive uric acid is produced because of free radical production. i.e the body deals with free radicals by creating excess uric acid. Therefore provide the body with more antioxidants so that it doesn't need to create excess uric acid. As you progress deeper and deeper into this composition on Gout Treatments, you are sure to unearth more information on Gout Treatments. The information becomes more interesting as the deeper you venture into the composition.

The Late Dr
Robert Atkins (the Atkins Diet) also believed Vitamin C is helpful in gout treatment. It was one of the vitamins in his anti gout formula, as explained in "Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution" (Simon & Schuster Inc.,  . He included it because of a cause of gout theory that runs on these lines...

  • The most recent of these studies suggested that 500 mg of Vitamin C daily could bring about a uric acid level reduction of about 10%.
  • This is unlikely to be enough to bring UA levels down to the required target, but helpful.
  • This amount of Vitamin C is easily purchased as a dietary supplement.
  • Without question Vitamin C is the world's best known and most widely available vitamin.
  • It's also one of the cheapest.
Strawberries Should be Considered Very Carefully by Gout Sufferers
The Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707-  stated that a diet of only strawberries had cured his gout. His linkage of vitamin C and gout gains extra weight from the fact that Linnaeus was a botanist. He probably knew a lot about strawberries.

What does pH stand for? Is it personal hygiene? Or proper health? Or possibly hydrated? Well no. It actually stands for the power of hydrogen. But without going deeper into biochemistry, gout sufferers just need to know that raising body pH levels makes the body more alkaline, and lowering them, more acidic.

You reduce your uric acid levels to below  0 mg/dL (men), slightly less in women, it is more likely that the troublesome MSU crystals will dissolve and a gout cure will be achieved.

  • So how do you use the pH potential of foods numbers? Firstly learn the extent to which a food or drink is acidic or is alkaline.
  • Any number above pH 7.0 is considered alkaline, and below pH 7.0 acidic.
  • Study for a while the pH tables you have downloaded and get a rough idea of the values of your most eaten foods.
  • For an easy, more exact reference, put up a pH foods chart, or printed downloaded lists, on your kitchen wall as a reminder.
The Ph SCALE
The pH scale ranges from 14 (most alkaline) down to 0 (most acidic). pH of 7 is neutral. It is a logarithmic scale. On this scale, as on pH test strips scales, a single whole number change (whether up or down) means a change of 10 times the previous number. So small number changes on this scale in fact mean very significant differences between the alkalinity and acidity of different foods. :)

NB. The contents of this article contain medical information not medical advice. Please always discuss remedies with your doctor or other health care professional before implementing any treatment.

ACHIEVING a MORE ALKALINE BODY
There are various ways to achieve a more alkaline body but probably the easiest is to drink alkaline (ionized) water which is water with excess oxygen in the form of OH-, not O  It's described as being lively and much tastier than regular water, and you can cook with it. The manufacturers of a well known ionizer brand say food cooked with alkaline water is tastier.

USING Ph VALUES in DIET PLANNING
Most natural gout treatment involves a diet. Firstly, to reach your ideal weight if required, as it probably will be for most gout sufferers. Secondly, to assist the uric acid reduction process. The low purine gout diet, and any diet which has a positive effect on insulin resistance, are two useful diets in natural gout treatment. Dieting is hard work but most gout sufferers will not achieve a natural gout cure without diet.

As well as pH 0 food labels, neither the excellent USDA National Nutrient database, nor most cookery books and articles list pH values of foods and beverages. And it's not the word off the lips of celebrity chefs. But you can find the pH of foods and drinks on the Internet. One good list is at  *****  which can be downloaded. ;)

Keep this natural gout treatment simple. Instead of two simultaneous diets, exclude some acidic foods especially if they are ones you consume a lot. But continue with your primary gout diet plan. Only exclude more acidic foods, if your body pH levels are not rising above pH  0 after testing with pH test strips for a considerable time and at different times of day. (The body's pH numbers change frequently. perhaps even minute by minute).

Record the time and value of all your pH measurements and ensure you follow the test strip manufacturer's usage instructions exactly. Don't overdo it. Just as a highly acidic body can suffer from acidosis, an over alkaline body can suffer from alkalosis, which causes muscle cramps and spasms among other problems. Now that you have got to reading about Uric Acid Reduction, don't you marvel at how ignorant you were about all the Uric Acid Reduction? This is the main reason for us to write an article on Uric Acid Reduction. ;)

  • So a gout sufferer aiming for a natural gout cure is on a diet.
  • He/she has to carefully consider everything eaten or drunk and maybe consider the pH of foods too.
  • This is a very tall order.
  • In effect they would be on two diets simultaneously.
  • Remember too, that there are other ways of raising pH, notably drinking alkaline (ionized) water.
  • Drinking lots of regular water daily also raises pH.
  • So too do alkalizing minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
  • Make your pH rise and your uric acid levels should fall.
  • Ensure that your body is not acidic.
"Miracle" foods for gout, such as cherries, celery and perhaps strawberries, (all have been reported to cure gout in some cases), will not work for everyone, probably only for a small minority. Neither will simple natural gout remedies such as avoiding alcohol, although this did work in one famous case in Japan.

  • Another route is via eating more alkaline foods and drinking alkaline beverages.
  • There is a silence on food and beverage product nutrition labels.
  • They do not show the pH values of the product, but foods and beverages have a pH value.

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