Uric acid is a chemical created when body breaks down the substances called purines, found in few foods and drinks. Most of uric acid dissolves in blood and gets excreted by the kidneys in the form of urine.
However, high levels of uric acid causes hyperuricemia, a condition that can lead to painful inflammation of the bone joints. This inflammatory arthritis is commonly known as gout.
Doctors recommend diet and lifestyle changes to deal with gout, while Ayurveda believes that high levels of uric acid is a result of ‘vata dosha.’
Ayurveda recommends avoiding high purine foods like cabbage, squash, bell pepper, brinjal, beans, beetroot, certain type of fish to bring down uric acid.
According to Ayurveda, adding following foods or supplements to your daily diet will bring down uric acid levels naturally.
Triphala is a popular supplement in Ayurvedic medicine. Made from three fruits – bibhitaki, amalaka, and haritaki – Triphala works on all three doshas – vata, pitha and kapha. Triphala supplements are anti-inflammatory and reduce pain related to arthritis.
Giloy is a climber and its leaves are extensively used in Ayurvedic treatment. Drinking a glass of Giloy juice extracted from its stem daily not only treats inflammation of the joints but also brings down the levels of uric acid. Alternatively, one can also take supplements of Giloy.
A glass of bitter gourd juice works wonders in bringing down uric acid naturally. Bitter gourd is a powerhouse of iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. It is also loaded with good amounts of calcium, beta-carotene and potassium. Include bitter gourd in the form of curries, stew in your daily diet to fight gout.
Neem is Mother Nature’s blessing and treats various ailments. Apply neem paste on the affected areas, swollen joints to lessen the pain and reduce swelling. Neem oil and supplements also work effectively in treating this disorder.
Turmeric is a wonder spice. Curcumin an active ingredient in turmeric possesses extensive healing benefits. Apply turmeric paste on the swollen joints to reduce inflammation and include good amounts of turmeric in cooking to treat it from within. Take turmeric supplements daily to stabilize the levels of uric acid.