It’s a controversial issue. Does Vitamin C actually inhibit the causes and reduce the pain of gout? Does it work only for some people? Is it all a bunch of hype? Maybe you can’t decide. However, unlike some other dubious home remedies, Vitamin C provides definite, known health benefits including gout alleviation. Why not give it a try?
Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the body that have formed unwanted crystals on the joints, leading to a painful type of arthritis. Gout most commonly affects the joints of the feet, but it may be found in the fingers and even the elbows.
Vitamin C lowers the level of uric acid in the bloodstream. Rather than blocking the production of uric acid (which is actually necessary to several bodily functions) Vitamin C helps your body to naturally excrete or dispose of the harmfully high levels of uric acid that can lead to gout.
Especially when used in addition to a healthy diet with low purine content and extremely reduced alcohol intake, Vitamin C is able to give your body a boost in the right direction to prevent gout attacks.
Choose the right supplements. If you decide to use a vitamin C supplement, be careful with the product you choose. Conventional forms, including the effervescent ones, are unfortunately poorly absorbed and may cause diarrhea, nausea and headaches. On the other hand, liposomal forms emulate the natural type found in food and is the most beneficial type to take. PuraThrive is one brand producing Liposomal Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is best at helping people avoid gout in the first place. Those who doubt the efficacy of Vitamin C in fighting gout usually point out that the studies involving Vitamin C in gout patients were not very extensive or conclusive. One thing that scientific study does seem to have established, however, is that Vitamin C is far more effective at controlling levels of uric acid before an attack. In other words, it is best used to prevent gout flare-ups.