Treating Gout Pain Naturally – Try eating pineapples

shutterstock_114066385Gout is a relatively common condition caused by the build up of uric acid crystals that happens in our joints.  The most common symptoms include severe pain, redness, swelling, and disability. The  most common location is at the base of the great toe (first metatarsophalangeal joint, known as podagra).  Other joints can be involved as well including the  ankle or instep, wrist, finger,  shoulders, hips, knees and knees.  Gout can cause problems with the kidneys as well if crystals form there.

If you’ve been diagnosed with gout, it is important to avoid foods that are known to trigger a gout attack.  Some of these foods are red meat, seafood, beer (also other forms of alcohol), foods high in high fructose corn syrup.  Once attack occurs, however you’re searching for relief.  When you go to the doctor and the diagnoses is established, your doctor may offer you treatments for your immediate pain including non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen.  They might also offer you treatment with colchicine or injections of steroid medications into the affected joint. For many, these treatments work well, however  they can be expensive and they can also have substantial side effects.

I’ve recommended natural treatments of gout to my patients including foods which have increased levels of  Bromelain.  Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme extracted from the pineapple plant. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties that are ideal to reduce the inflammation of gout. I’ve had patients tell me that eating pineapples after experiencing gout pain is much more effective for treating their pain than any traditional medications.  It can be taken as a supplement or eaten naturally in the foods which contain it such as pineapple. As with any supplements, make sure you talk to your doctor before starting them.

Also, make sure to keep  your body very well hydrated  because this makes uric acid crystal formation much more difficult. And by drinking lots of water on a daily basis, you are helping your kidneys to process and excrete uric acid from your body more easily.  Drink a minimum of twelve 8oz glasses of water during every day.

For more information:  National Library of Medicine

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

American College of Rheumatology

The Arthritis Foundation

This document is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual patient.  If you have questions please contact your medical provider.


I hope that you have found this information useful.  Wishing you the best of health,

Scott Rennie, DO



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