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Black Bean Broth for Gout: Natural Relief Guide

| Modified on Jul 03, 2024
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Gout, a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream, can lead to severe joint pain and inflammation. While medication is often the first line of treatment, many are turning to natural remedies like black bean broth for relief. This traditional remedy has been gaining popularity for its effectiveness in managing gout symptoms.

What Makes Black Bean Broth Effective for Gout?

Black beans are rich in anthocyanins, flavonoids that exhibit strong anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds help reduce the inflammation and pain associated with gout. Additionally, black beans are a good source of fiber and protein, aiding overall health and wellness.

How to Prepare Black Bean Broth for Gout Relief

To make black bean broth, follow these simple steps:

  1. Ingredients: You will need half a pound of dry black beans and two quarts of water.
  2. Preparation: Rinse the black beans thoroughly to remove any dirt or impurities.
  3. Cooking: Add the beans to a large pot with the two quarts of water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 1-2 hours.
  4. Straining: After cooking, strain the beans and collect the broth in a container. The beans can be used for other culinary purposes or discarded.
  5. Consumption: Drink about a cup of the black bean broth daily when experiencing gout symptoms. Continue until the pain subsides. For preventive measures, consume the broth once a week.

Potential Health Benefits Beyond Gout Relief

In addition to its effectiveness against gout, black bean broth can offer other health benefits. It's a low-calorie option rich in essential nutrients, making it a great addition to a balanced diet. The fiber content can promote digestive health, and its antioxidants can help reduce oxidative stress.

Potential Side Effects and Considerations

While black bean broth is generally safe, it's important to consider potential side effects:

  • Allergies: If you have a legume allergy, avoid black bean broth.
  • Gastrointestinal Issues: Due to its high fiber content, excessive consumption may lead to gastrointestinal discomfort, such as bloating or gas.
  • Interaction with Medications: Black beans contain vitamin K, which can interfere with blood-thinning medications. Consult your doctor if you are on such medications.


Black bean broth offers a natural, simple, and effective remedy for gout sufferers. Its preparation is straightforward, and its consumption can significantly relieve gout symptoms. As with any natural remedy, it's essential to consider personal health conditions and consult a healthcare professional if you have any concerns. By incorporating black bean broth into your routine, you may find a natural and healthful way to manage your gout symptoms.

7 User Reviews

Posted by Stuman (Oceanside, Ca) on 09/04/2018

In the past, I've successfully used celery seeds and lots of water to treat my gout. One cup of the black bean broth seems to be effective as well. 1 cup of beans, 2 cups water and seasoning. Cook in an instant pot for 30 minutes.

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Posted by Andrew (Singapore) on 01/24/2009

I notice that Black Beans has not been included in the list of remedies under the subject "Cure Gout", although it is included under "Remedies - Black Bean Broth"

I have personally used Black Beans to cure/relief my gout pains and with fantastic results, which are fast and long lasting. I have also recommended it to relatives who suffered from severe gout pains. Those who tried it can attest to its efficacy. Nonetheless, we must also be mindful of taking less of those purine rich food that cause gout.

Many people may have resevations about black beans because bean are know to cause gout. It is the skin or hull of the black beans which contains a very high level of anthocyanins that is effective in ridding gout pains.

As I am writing this, I have just cured myself of a bout of gout attack which recurred because I did not have gout pain for a long time and I simple became complacent and indulged myself in lots of red meat and purine rich food. After taking black bean broth the pain went off as fast as it came - like magic!.

Besides being a good cure for gout,
the skin of black beans are loaded with antioxidant compounds, which when taken regularly have also been shown to offer protection against heart disease, cancer and aging.

For more detailed information about black beans go to the link below:


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Posted by Alice (New Orleans, LA) on 09/18/2008

I love your site. Bless you for having it. After reading just about all the suggestions I have been eating blackbeans that I cook from dry and freeze in small containers about a cup or so. Whenever I feel a gout attack coming on I just thaw out a small amount and eat. I don't even put anything in the blackbeans like seasoning or stuff. It seems to work for me.It is kinda amazing. I also have been doing the ACV and also the pectin capsules (and they are cheap). All these things I learned from your site. It has been about 8 months now since I stumbled upon your site. I thank you sooo much. I hope this will help someone else. I also stay away from certain foods- I have an inkling it might be mercury that activates it so I do not eat anything with spirillina which is in a lot of health foods, I think it caused one of the worst flare ups I ever had, and tuna, salmon or other fish that might contain mercury. I do eat fish though like trout, catfish and yes oysters. And I drink coffee like crazy but only black coffee. I do one thing that I haven't read on your site and that is vitimins from New Chapter called Zyflamend-they are kinda expensive-$22 or so and I'll only take them when I feel an attack coming on. They may or may not help because it might be the ACV, pectin capsules (3-6 a day) and my blackbeans that are working. I am just making sure that if they are working I do not want to not take them. I eat cherrys but don't really seem to benefit from them. Can I thank you one more time for your website. Thanks and I would like to thank the wonderful person that wrote about the blackbeans.

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Posted by Arlene (Toronto, Canada) on 03/11/2008

Hi, Firstly I wanted to express my gratitude for this website, it's fantastic! I just discovered it and am eagerly trying many of the remedies for weight loss and my father's gout. I was excited to read the information about the black bean 'juice' and quickly made a batch for my father as he has been suffering from gout on and off for about 2 months. The day after I made the concoction, he came down with gout. We promptly tried the remedy, infact I had him drink 2 glasses, and unfortunately today it has worsened and swelled up. I feel terrible. Reading about ACV, I will TRY to get him to take some w/ honey - unfortunately I think that his trust in me has probably deteriorated - rightly so I guess. But I'll keep you posted. Also, can you give me any other information as to what foods may cause gout, I've checked so many websites and composed a list for my father - who is avoiding the foods as best as he can, but the gout still comes back on the weekly basis.

Replied by Gout Aware
(Sydney, Australia)

Hi there, I just read about your fathers gout getting worse after taking black bean broth or soup. That could be due to the fact that black bean contains anthocyanins which also contain flavonoids. When the body breaks down flavonoids it produces uric acid. This is the enemy of gout.

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Posted by Tay (Singapore) on 02/15/2008

My hubby got a serious gout attack recently. For the 1st time, he actually felt the throubing pain near the spin area. He though he has developed kidney stone and was worried. Swell subsequently developed at his toe and reaslied that it is another gout attack. Went thru the net for some remedies and chance upon this web site. It is hard to get cherries in Singapore and it is really expensive as well. Tried the black bean soup and the swell did went off very quickly. The next day, the swell was gone and walking was an ease. Hubby also drank 2 glasses of ACV with honey twice each day( morning and night) and the attack did not relapse. He was able to exercise after 3 days. During the same period, he did eat some protein rich food and the attack also never relapse.This is unlike previously when he was down with gout attack. For the previous attacks, he need to keep to a protein free diet even with medication.He takes a long time of more than 2 weeks to recover even with injection and pills. ' Now he is drinking ACV faithfully for preventive and packets of black bean are in our kitchen for any emergency.Hope this is useful for the sufferers out there

Replied by Pam E.
(SW Calif)
139 posts

It sounds like he may have eaten the whole beans instead of broth made from them.... It would be interesting to know for sure.

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Posted by Siong (Singapore, Singapore) on 08/14/2007

Black bean broth helps speed clearing up pain due to gout.When I was a kid I often heard that black beans cooked with pork bones help strengthen the legs. But fearing that black beans will aggravate gout, I avoided black beans. Dennis's article convinced me to try black bean broth discarding the beans.Now I drink it as coffee or tea and make a black bean drink at night when I want to. The flavor and taste is great. Adjust your preference - 2 handfuls of beans for 1 cup(300ml)

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Posted by Denis (Luo Dong Township, Taiwan) on 05/29/2007

I get really severe gout attacks sometimes, usually in my knees, but at times I can even feel the uric acid crystals forming in my finger joints, wrists or elbows! I know that cherry juice, blueberry juice, pomegranate juice, etc (which all contain anthocyanins) can eliminate uric acid from the blood and is much more effective than colchicine which merely stops the production of more uric acid in the liver. But colchicine is also very damaging to the liver, and liver damage is the origin of gout in the first place in many people (or kidney damage in others). After moving here to Taiwan, the manager of a school I was teaching in informed me about black bean broth. Unlike the various juices mentioned above, black beans are CHEAP and are easy to find in local markets and to keep around the house. A close look at the black bean broth shows that the black color is really a dark red. Yes, black beans contain anthocyanins, that group of pigments which range in color from blue to red to almost black. In an emergency, you throw a cup of black beans in a pot of water and boil it and as soon as the water color turns dark, you can get some broth, cool it and drink it. This remedy takes only a few hours to eliminate the crystals from the joints, but the damage to the joints may take up to two days to heal. It is good to prepare some of this amazing healing remedy and freeze it in case of a sudden gout attack.