Health: What is Gout?

What is gout

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. When uric acid accumulates in the body and the kidneys are unable to effectively eliminate it, uric acid crystals may form and deposit in the joints, causing joint swelling, inflammation, and resulting in pain.

The following are populations that are more susceptible to gout:

๐Ÿšจ ๐€๐ ๐ž: Men between the ages of 40-50 are particularly prone to gout, especially those who frequently consume alcohol.
๐Ÿšจ ๐†๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ: Pre-menopausal women have a lower incidence of gout due to the protective effects of estrogen, but post-menopausal women often experience gout symptoms. The male-to-female ratio of gout sufferers is approximately 20:1.
๐Ÿšจ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: The risk of developing gout is higher for obese individuals, diabetes patients, those who use certain medications long-term, and individuals with autoimmune diseases.
๐Ÿšจ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ค๐ข๐๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ: People with poor heart and kidney function are more susceptible to gout.
๐Ÿšจ ๐๐จ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐›๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ: Those who regularly consume foods high in purines and cholesterol are more likely to trigger gout.
๐Ÿšจ ๐†๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ: Genetics may also increase the risk of developing gout.

โ€ผ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐จ๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ง๐ž๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ?
๐Ÿ’ According to a study published in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™˜๐™ฎ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ, a type of powerful antioxidant, have certain benefits for gout:
โœจ Anti-inflammatory effects: Anthocyanins possess anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate inflammation and pain. Gout is an inflammatory joint disease caused by uric acid crystals, and the anti-inflammatory effects of anthocyanins may help reduce gout symptoms and inflammation.
โœจ Lowering uric acid levels: Some studies suggest that anthocyanins can promote uric acid excretion, thereby reducing uric acid levels. This can help prevent the formation of uric acid crystals and gout attacks.
โœจ Food sources: Anthocyanins are abundant in purple and deep red fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and beetroots.

Arthritis can be further broken down into smaller categories and one of the most common types include Gout, which is a type of inflammatory arthritis which is especially painful.

It is caused by a substance called uric acid in the blood, and if the kidneys donโ€™t work properly, urate builds up and forms tiny sharp crystals, which causes the joint pain.

It starts by affecting a single joint at a time, and the symptoms progressively get worse over time. Common symptoms include intense joint pain, lingering discomfort, inflammation, redness and limited range of motion.

โœจ Black goji berries help to reduce inflammation in gouty arthritis. Research indicates that treatment with anthocyanin extracts from black goji berries significantly reduced these indicators of inflammation such as TNF-a, interleukin-1รŸ, interleukin-18, prostaglandin E2, cyclooxygenase-1, and paw swelling in animal models suffering from gouty arthritis,

Besides, it is also rich in anthocyanins, minerals and other nutrients. After digestion in the gastrointestinal tract, it can produce alkaline metabolites which may neutralize uric acid in the blood and thus reduce the uric acid crystals.

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