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Dietary changes can help improve symptoms in patients with Gout. Tea is best avoided.

Cherries are good.

New Delhi: The most common inflammatory arthritis in men and older women is the Gout. This excruciatingly painful condition is caused by the crystallization of uric acid within joints. Following proper remedies can make one come out of experiencing such inconvenience.

Not many people know that purine intake of animal origin increases the odds for recurrent gout attacks by nearly five-fold. Another major cause is heavy alcohol consumption. So, strictly stay off organ and other meats, fish, seafood, sugar and alcohol (particularly beer, which contains purines). People are scared of purines of vegetarian origin also but the risk from them is almost negligible.

One item which most people don’t associate with gout is tea. Tea addicts pass three times more urine than a healthy person. Yet, the toxic substances in it do not go out and instead form the uric acid that causes gout and arthritis. So dispense with your daily cuppas.

The standard medicines include Prednisone, Cortisone and anti-inflammatory drugs. Initially, these help but cause serious side-effects if continued for long.

Fortunately, this debilitating condition can also be tackled with the help of certain food items. The most useful being cherry. Eating just 45 cherries per day for a month brings about a dramatic reduction in this chronic inflammatory disease. Not only that, residual anti-inflammatory benefits can be felt even a month after one stops this cherry treatment.

According to research at East Lansing’s Michigan State University, anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red colour, are anti-inflammatory and 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin.

If cherries are not in season, you can go for the frozen ones. Even cherry juice concentrate helps control the pain but is no patch on the actual fruit.

Cherries bring down uric acid levels as well. A significant drop can be noticed within five hours of eating a big bowl of cherries. Not only that, antioxidant levels in the blood go up as vitamin C levels start to rise.

Several other fruit like grapes, strawberries and kiwi fruit have been tested but none of these significantly lower uric acid levels. The cherries can come in handy for those who cannot afford prohibitively costly gout drugs. Not only that, uric-acid-lowering drugs like allopurinol have rare but serious side-effects which include the worst of them all called Stevens-Johnson syndrome in which one’s skin gets detached from the body.

Our lowly ‘dhania’ (coriander leaves) too is a saviour for gout patients. Properly clean a bunch and boil it in a glass of water for 5-6 minutes. Drink this concoction for a month to see the difference. This is also good for kidney patients.

Those who don’t like the taste of dhania can instead blend cucumber, celery and ginger and drink it twice a day with a dash of lemon. Even those on a medicine can try these complementary therapies.

Another surefire remedy is to take two to three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with half a teaspoon of aluminium-free baking soda thrice a day, about half an hour before every meal. (Amar Chandel, IANS) (Image source:

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Drink Tea for Thinner Body, Beautiful Skin

Experts at the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP), which provides objective information about tea, have enlisted the beauty secrets behind a cup of tea:

Drinking tea can be beneficial mentally, emotionally, socially and physically. Pixabay

Scientific research testifies to the health benefits of all kinds of tea, which not only help with beauty factors but also weight loss and hydration of skin, reports

Experts at the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP), which provides objective information about tea, have enlisted the beauty secrets behind a cup of tea:

* Provides water to skin: Good hydration is important for the health of all our body organs, tissues and cells. A recent study suggested that drinking up to six cups of tea per day, has the same hydrating properties to water.

* The role of tea in skin health: Healthy skin is well hydrated skin.Drinking enough fluid which can include all types of tea is important for restoring fluid loss which can occur to a greater extent during summer. Adequate hydration can help to keep the skin in good condition.

A recent study suggested that drinking up to six cups of tea per day, has the same hydrating properties to water. Pixabay

White tea has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory activity in human skin. In one study, human skin cells were exposed in the laboratory to hydrogen peroxide. White tea was shown to reduce the inflammation that would normally result from hydrogen peroxide exposure.

* Tea and weight loss: Tea consumption has been associated with less weight gain over time. Drinking tea more than once a week has been linked to lower body fat percentages and smaller waist circumferences than non-tea drinkers. It is also important to note that all teas, including black tea, with semi-skimmed milk and no sugar, is a lower calorie alternative than other popular drinks. Tea has been recommended to take precedence over other beverages to help reduce energy intake and maintain hydration.

Also Read: Want Glowing Skin? Include Vinegar in Diet

* Tea bags for beauty: While tea has great hydrating properties vital for our skin beauty and helps aid weight loss, the humble tea bag can also offer a host of beauty secrets. Tea bags soaked in warm water and placed over closed eyes revitalise tired puffy eyes. Freshly brewed tea as a conditioning final rinse after a shampoo. Peppermint tea makes a great soothing mouthwash. (Bollywood Country)