Gout is undeniably painful. Those who are suffering from gout experience swelling and inflammation of joints which cause pain that may last for quite some time. Gout may be caused by the food we eat or at times may be caused by hereditary factors. Painful attacks of gout may be triggered by a sudden change in the uric acid levels which may be caused by excessive intake of alcoholic beverages, eating too much red meat and internal organs. Gender and age factors also contribute to the development of gout. There are more chances that men develop gout than women. Being overweight is also one reason for having gout as there becomes more tissue in the body available for breakdown which leads to excessive production of uric acid.
When symptoms of gout occur, it is always best to consult the doctor for effective treatment and medication. Gout could also be treated using herbal remedies and supplements. Among the many treatments for gout is bromelain. Although bromelain is not always the first thing that gout patients call to mind for treatment, it has proven to be very effective.
Bromelain is an enzyme which is present in pineapples. This enzyme is a good remedy for swelling making pineapple an excellent fruit for gout treatment. The swelling in joints caused by the build-up of uric acid cause excruciating pain and bromelain helps in lessening this pain by providing remedy to the swelling.
Bromelain has also been used as supplement for other sickness aside from gout. It can also provide remedy to some digestive problems and other forms of arthritis. Bromelain has also been suggested by naturopathic doctors in order to reduce blood clotting problems.
Taking bromelain for gout treatment is best consulted to your doctor especially if you are taking other forms of medication. Bromelain is believed to be an effective blood thinner and anti-inflammatory that works by breaking down fibrin, a blood-clotting protein that can impede good circulation and prevent tissues from draining properly. When inflammation is reduced, blood can flow freely and can help reduce pain.
Specifically, bromelain may help to:
- Relieve pain associated to arthritis.
- Alleviate muscle strains and pain. It helps reduce swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness.
- Assist digestion. Its digestive enzymes help make digestion easier.
- Relieve gout symptoms for gout. Bromelain for gout treatment is proven effective and taking bromelain on regular basis may help reduce the risk of having gout attacks.
- Help relieve minor injuries such as cuts, insect bites, and stings.
- Help relieve cough and ease congestion. Bromelain is also good for the treatment of chronic bronchitis.
A bromelain research shows that using bromelain together with two other active substances called trypsin and rutin may work as relief for osteoarthritis, a common joint disease.
Determining the exact amount of bromelain to take is not an easy job. It is measured in Gelatin Digesting Unit (GDU) or Milk Clotting Units (MCU). It is always best to ask for expert advice regarding the dosage of bromelain for gout treatment.