How many four-letter words you know?
If you ever suffer from a gout attack, you’ll find out pretty quick — because you’ll use up every single one of them… maybe even a few you didn’t even know you knew!
Lucky for you, letting loose with some salty language actually can help you cope with pain.
But when it comes to gout, there are a few things you shouldn’t bother with — and one of them is the steroid drug that’s been backed by a new study.
Researchers claim that prednisolone is “just as effective” in treating those painful gout attacks as the NSAID painkiller indomethacin, but don’t be too impressed.
The study didn’t even include a placebo, a basic tenant of good science! And the pain relief results between the two treatments were so identical that even the lead author admitted that it just might’ve been what he called “the process of natural recovery” at work.
Now, anyone who knows anything about scientific research could tell you that the only way to say for sure would be to include a placebo group.
Which…for reasons that are beyond me…they didn’t.
Don’t be blinded by bad science. if you’re going to recover “naturally” anyway, you shouldn’t have to expose yourself to the risks and side effects of drugs. And with steroids, you run the risk of anything from headaches and dizziness to sleep disturbances, muscle weakness, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, seizures, and extreme mood changes and confusion that are so bad that you could lose contact with reality.
Here’s another four-letter word for that kind of treatment: N-O-P-E!
I want to give you something better…something that will kick in right away…and that can even safely PREVENT a gout attack from happening in the first place, if you do it right.
There’s one delicious natural remedy that can do all of those things at once: cherries.
You see, those painful gout attacks come on when uric acid crystalizes and crowds around a joint, usually a big toe. But cherries are packed with anti-inflammatory phytonutrients called anthocyanins that can break up those crystals.
In fact, in a 2012 study, either popping around 30 cherries or knocking back a glass of cherry extract during an attack cut the risk of a future flare-up by more than a third.
Just be sure you use cherry extract, not cherry “juice” — which, in most cases, is actually a blended drink containing little cherry and a whole sugary mess of other things.