Can juicing cure gout?

by Jane (Petaling Jaya)


Dear Sara,

I have a family member with gout who is getting attacks more and more frequent these last 3 years. Can juicing cure gout? If so, how, what, and how long does it take? Gout sufferers have limited choices in fruits and vegetables since they have a long list of food to avoid which can trigger attacks I feel at a lost to help. Hope that you could advice on how to go about it. Thanks in advance!




Sara says:

Dear Jane,

DRINKING juices helps cleanse and detoxify blood toxicity.

What happens in a gout sufferer’s body is that his blood is highly acidic and his “thick” blood is not circulating as smoothly as it should.

Due to his many years of consuming foods that are high in uric acid, these build-ups begin to accumulate in parts of his body where circulation is much slower that is at the toes. Excess uric acid crystalized over time which causes pain.

One of the first things a gout sufferer should do is to reduce/eliminate the foods that are high in toxic substances and purine that contribute to the uric acid build-up. Some of these culprits are:

Processed foods, salt, sugar, dairy products, carbonated drinks, preserved foods, anchovies, asparagus, herring, red meat, meat gravies and broths, mushrooms, mussels, all organ meats, sardines.

Another group of foods to avoid are the bean products including soya milk, bean curds, bean sprouts, bean paste, (and our local favorite, ‘tau foo fah’), etc. These vegetarian favorites have fairly high amount of purine content.

In the plant food department, those to be avoided until he gets well, are: tomato, tomato products, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, rhubarb and peas.

I always say that detoxification BEGINS when you STOP putting harmful foods into your body. Once he has eliminated the harmful foods, then begin to take juices that are cleansing for the liver to help the liver filter out the toxic blood.

Easy to say, but healing by diet will take time (although a little faster if he’s disciplined and determined). After all, it has taken him so many years to build up the crystalized uric acid; don’t expect for it to go away in one or two weeks nor two months. It’s a change of lifestyle/dietary habits to get rid of gout for good. It CAN be done.

Some foods that may be good in helping a gout sufferer: Cucumber, bitter gourd, beetroot (moderate), celery, carrot, green apple. Rich vitamin C fruits: lemon, lime, orange, guava, cherries, and other berries, etc.

Make these into juice form for best absorption. What we are trying to achieve is to flood the system with plenty of fluids that are high in vitamins and minerals contents to hydrate the cells. The enzymes and phytonutrients from juices are tremendous help for healing.

Drinking plenty water (2-3 liter a day) is essential.

This should help reduce the attacks over time.

Please also read:

Harmful foods to avoid

Explore the healing foods

Foods that will help reduce gout attacks



Here’s a helpful contribution from a fellow juicer, Tony, who used to suffer from gout:

Here is my story …

It was the middle of the night. I opened my eyes and was awakened by earth shattering pain. My big toe was throbbing. In fact it felt like a towering inferno. I turned on the light and was startled to see that my great toe was 3 times its normal size. It was bright red and red hot, just like a firecracker and the pain was the most severe that I’ve ever experienced by far. The suffering that I had to endure was almost unbelievable. That was over ten years ago.

At the beginning, I was having attacks every 6 months. Then gradually I was getting them every 3 months, then every month and eventually every week. It started at my big toe and then it was moving sometimes in my knees, and generally all around my joints, in my feet. The pain was agonizing.

I have tried all the cures you can imagine. I tried ACV, lemons, drinking a lot of water, but to no avail. I tried water fasting, juice fasting, baking soda, again without success. I almost gave up meat, limiting it to only once a week, gave up alcohol completely, again no success.

I was living on vegetables, lots and lots of fresh fruit, milk, cheese beans and so on. My eating habits could not be healthier, or so I thought. But my gout was worsening.

Then I decided to increase the amount of fruits I was consuming, thinking that if some fruit is healthy, more fruit will be healthier. Some days I was eating fruits only, others over 10 portions a day. And alas my gout instead of improving it became chronic, it was there all the time. I was desperate and did not know what to do.

And then one day accidentally I read an article about fructose, which is contained in fruits in large quantities. It said that it increases uric acid, in a matter of minutes. Fructose is also present in table sugar, and in HFCS, which is used in soft drinks. I put two and two together and realised what I was doing wrong. I stopped eating fruits and all other sugars, for a period of 3 weeks, and by magic I saw a dramatic improvement. Pain was gone, swelling was gone, I was fine.

I reintroduced fruits again in my diet but reducing them to 1 or 2 a day, and my gout completely disappeared. I do eat more meat now, and occasionally have an alcoholic drink, and thank God, everything seems to be fine. Fructose was my enemy.



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