What Causes Gout?

Probably Not What Your Doctor Told You!

What causes gout is quite different than what your doctor probably told you. A simple food ingredient that everyone eats is the culprit.

No one disagrees that the cause of gout is too much uric acid in your bloodstream. But there is a LOT of disagreement about why you have too much uric acid in the first place.

Fortunately, once you know the real reason for excess uric acid, you can reduce it with home remedies and natural treatment. In fact...

“Lowering uric acid levels can cure the disease.”

 ...according to researchers, Richette and Bardin, who wrote about gout causes in the prestigious medical journal, the Lancet, in January 2010.

So let's look at what really causes gout...

The Disease of Kings

Gout was once known as “the disease of kings” or “the rich man’s disease”, because in past centuries, only the wealthy could afford the foods that cause gout.

Of course, today, these foods are available everywhere so more people are getting gout than ever before. (In fact, the number of people with gout has doubled in the last 25 years.)

Even ancient Egyptian nobles had gout. But it was not until 1848 that a British physician named Sir Alfred Baring Garrod discovered that his gouty patients had excess uric acid in their blood (hyperuricemia.)

What causes gout and all that pain?  

Gout happens when your kidneys can’t get rid of that excess uric acid.

Then crystals may form in:

  • joints like your big toe (most common place)
  • other joints of your feet, wrists, hands or knees
  • your kidneys, giving you kidney stones
  • soft tissue and tendons
  • lumps under the skin called “tophi.” Tophi can worsen arthritis and cause bone degeneration.

It’s those uric acid crystals that are the cause of gout's horrible stabbing pain.

Where does all this uric acid come from?
Low purine scam!

Uric acid is a by-product of purines. Meat contains the most purines, so the standard thinking about what causes gout is that it's the meat and other purine-rich foods you eat. Meat is usually blamed for hyperuricemia.

Blood purines don't come from cows (c) Karen AlisonDon't blame Bossy

The advice for over a century has been: eat a low purine (low meat/protein) diet.

But this is a scam! Meat, poultry, and other proteins are not the cause of gout. In fact, studies show that low purine diets barely lower your uric acid level. So avoiding that steak won’t stop gout attacks (although there definitely are foods to avoid.)

In fact, vegetarians get gout, too!

But if it’s not the meat, then why do you have too much uric acid in your blood? It comes from...

Frightening fructose

What? What’s fructose?

Fructose is a very destructive sugar that skyrockets your uric acid levels.

And it gets worse! Fructose also makes you produce lactic acid that makes it hard for your kidneys to void all that extra uric acid. You’re stuck with too much and you can’t get rid of it. So it floats around in your bloodstream and starts forming those painful crystals.

Sugar-sweetened foods contain fructose © Karen Alison

Right now, maybe you’re thinking, “But I don’t eat fructose!”

If so, you’ll be surprised to learn that if you eat – or drink – any food that contains sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, or fruit, you are consuming fructose. Refined sugar (sucrose) is fifty percent fructose!

And that, scientists say, is what causes gout.

Science writer, Gary Taubes, reports that...

“...sugar (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup... [are] the worst of all carbohydrates when it comes to uric acid and gout.”

When you have gout, fructose is your worst enemy.

Surprisingly, cherries are an exception, even though they contain fructose. They are one of the best home remedies for gout.

But apart from cherries, sweets are a nightmare for the gout sufferer. They can raise your uric acid levels AND your blood pressure, not to mention your weight. Triple whammy. They can also make you diabetic and insulin-resistant. And insulin-resistance is known to raise your uric acid levels!

So, what causes gout? Well, it ain’t the meat or other purine-containing foods. It’s the sugars. But with the right foods - which are your best home remedies for gout - you can take control and stop the cause of gout in its tracks.

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