Gout is known as the disease of kings, but there is little noble about it. It's a painful arthritic condition that causes swelling, discoloration and discomfort in the joints, feet or big toe.
Gout occurs when there is a buildup of monsodium urate crystals (uric acid). These crystals are the source of the painful inflammation.
Genetic conditions, alcohol, toxic lead, foods rich in purines and being overweight are all factors that can contribute to this unfortunate condition.
But now there may be a new way to fight gout: dietary fiber.
Fiber has long been lauded for its ability to control cholesterol and protect heart health.
In addition, a study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology found that a diet rich in fiber may also curb the inflammation caused by gout.
When we eat fiber, the microorganisms in our guts use that fiber to create materials that have the potential to reduce inflammation. Here’s the scientific explanation in high-dollar words: (from the press release)
"Specifically, researchers found that diets high in fiber trigger microorganisms in the gut to produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which induce neutrophil apoptosis and the resolution of inflammation."
The researchers believe this study is a first step towards developing future gout treatments and prevention methods. It also shines a light on how the body and its beneficial bacteria work in conjunction to curb inflammatory conditions.
If you would like to introduce more fiber into your diet, two distinct yet compatible fiber products are Herbal Fiberblend® and fit 'n fiber® (orchard peach).
Herbal Fiberblend® is not only a fiber supplement, but it also contains a powerful selection of invigorating herbs, including slippery elm, oatstraw, passionflower and more.
fit ‘n fiber® is a supplement that contributes to a healthy high-fiber intake, with a combination of supplemental fiber and herbs that supports optimal digestive function.
To avoid the pain and swelling of gout, try Herbal Fiberblend® as well as fit ‘n fiber® and see how they work for you.