Vitamin C works extremely well for gout. I get the vitamin C packets. Mix it with as much water as you like for taste. More water, less taste. Less water more taste. Your body can only absorb so much vitamin C at a time, so spread it out over the course of the day. Gout pain is usually gone within 24 hours. This helps the put the uric acid crystals in a solution so that the body can remove it. I also gave up red meat which has helped alot!
500mg of vitamin C, (i use the slow release type) taken for 2 months really does help. It increases the effectivness of the nephrons in the kidneys in removing uric acid. The only down side is that you do need to take for about 6 weeks before it starts to work.... But it works!
So I have tried Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice and Baking soda and all have had mediocre results for gout relief and uric acid reduction. With that said I have found the cure for me. I found a few reports that found a daily intake of 1000 mg of Vitamin C helps the body expel Uric Acid. For 6 weeks now, I have been taking 3-4 1000mg of Vitamin C and have never felt better on my joints. I had one flare up due to dehydration on a camping trip where my left knee was the target. Increased water intake along with the Vitamin C, flare up was gone in 24 hrs. ACV never did this. Pass it along. Vitamin C is the real deal for Uric Acid reduction as it helps the body expel excess uric acid.
New Study: Vitamin C May Prevent Gout in Men
The authors summary is:
"Given the general safety profile associated with vitamin C intake, particularly in the generally consumed ranges as in the present study (e.g., tolerable upper intake level of vitamin C less than 2,000 mg in adults according to the Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine), vitamin C intake may provide a useful option in the prevention of gout," the authors write.
Here is a new study paid for by Tap Pharmaceuticals company. They do not manufacture vitamin C or gout medicines according to their web site.
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