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Gout is a type of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, tenderness, and inflammation in the joints. It affects different body parts like the ears, wrists, knees, ankles, and small joints in the hands. High levels of uric acid in the body typically causes gout, but some other causes include lack of exercise, high levels of alcohol consumption, stress, excessive protein intake, and genetics. Gout is also linked to other, more serious, health problems so you should seek proper medical treatment. But trying these home gout remedies for gout pain can help with symptom relief.
Cherries have antioxidant properties, which are an excellent home remedy for gout pain. Cherries also help reduce inflammation and gout flare-ups because they contain anthocyanin. Try to eat 15 to 20 cherries a day. (Don’t miss these eight silent signs of gout.)
Ginger root has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as one of the many different gout treatments. One way to take ginger root is to just incorporate it into your daily meals when cooking. Another way is to add half a teaspoon of ginger root to boiling water and drink the mixture once it has cooled. A third option is to create a paste by combining the ginger root with water and applying it to the affected area and leaving it on for about 30 minutes. These are some surprising health benefits and risks of ginger.