Natural support for gout

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By Mike Ventresca, Vital Choice Healthstore

Gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. It’s caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, leading to pain, redness and swelling. It usually affects the big toe but can occur in other parts of the body as well.

Mike Ventresca

I’m often asked if there are any natural remedies that can help reduce the pain of a gout attack as well as prevent future events. Fortunately, there are.

Tart cherries provide a variety of benefits that make them effective in managing gout. First, they contain compounds called anthocyanins, which possess strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the pain and inflammation of a gout attack.

Next, studies suggest tart cherries can help lower uric acid levels in the blood. By doing so, they can reduce the risk of uric acid crystallization in the joints and subsequent gout flares.

Over the years, the product I’ve found to be the most effective for gout sufferers is Gouch by Redd Remedies. Gouch provides an effective dose of tart cherry extract, but what I believe really sets this product apart is the inclusion of additional compounds, including the natural, anti-inflammatory quercetin and a little known herb called boerhavia.

Boerhavia plays an important role by supporting the kidneys’ critical function of excreting uric acid through the increased production of urine. In addition to acting as a diuretic, boerhavia is believed to have a protective effect on the kidneys.

Gouch can be taken for acute short-term relief as well as daily for a long-term approach to help prevent future attacks.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Health Store, 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. Call 440-885-9505 or visit This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.