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Gout is a common but painful condition that affects many people. It’s an inflammatory response in the body – usually at the joints – which causes intense pain and discomfort. And while there are medications to reduce the symptoms, research suggests that some foods might provide pain relief.
A recent study was published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation with the hopes of finding a naturally occurring compound in food that can be used to reduce pain in gout patients. Many gout sufferers are already taking medications for other conditions such as arthritis. However, this study found the powerful potential of certain food compounds and how they can help patients manage pain without taking additional medication.
In this study, histologic methods were used to measure the swelling and presence of pain in mice. When researchers added the compounds procyanidins into the equation, the levels of inflammation and markers of pain were reduced significantly in the test mice.
The results of this simple study concluded that these powerful procyanidins, which are easily found in grape seeds, can be used to reduce pain associated with gout. They also suggested that the compound can help treat the inflammation that causes pain.
When food consumption can help treat a medical problem, it can reduce the dependence on some medications. However, more studies, including human studies, need to be conducted before they’re implemented into treatment programs. Still, these initial findings are interesting and exciting when it comes to the nutritional treatment of diseases.
When it comes to health concerns and new treatments, be sure to consult with your primary care provider before making any changes to your lifestyle.
Jenn Giles, R.D., C.S.S.D. is all about health and wellness. She has over 15 years’ experience, including a dual master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She supplements all of this with her spin instructor certification and USATriathlon Level I Coach Certification.
Jennifer is passionate about (actually, obsessed with) the sport of triathlon. She has been personally participating in triathlons since 2000 and running road races since 1992. She is a two-time Ironman finisher and has completed countless numerous marathons. She has been a member of Power Bar Team Elite since 2006 and competed as a member of the 2006 Aquaphor/Active.com Sponsored Athlete Team. She was ranked as USAT All American Honorable mention in 2006 and 2011. Jennifer does all of this along side of her husband, Patrick, who is an equally accomplished triathlete and runner. They try as hard as they can to do all of their training and racing together.
She will tell you, however, that her most important, most rewarding and most challenging job is as a mother of four. She knows first hand the challenges of maintaining optimal fitness, overall good health and achieving goals while raising a family - of which good nutrition is the cornerstone.
Most importantly, she knows how to motivate, inspire and challenge athletes based on their own abilities, strengths and everyday lifestyles. She believes there is an athlete in everyone - no matter what their abilities are – and if those abilities are manifold, then there is an even better athlete in there!