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Gout is known to be aggravated by foods containing substances known as purines. Purines encourage the build-up of uric acid crystals in the joints, causing the characteristic pain and inflammation of gout. Celery seed helps to encourage the breakdown of these uric acid crystals and their removal from the body in the urine. It is important to follow a low-purine diet to prevent recurrence of gout.

Foods high in purines, and therefore to be avoided, include:

Liver and other offal; red meat

Meat stock, Bovril, Marmite, Brewer's yeast


High fat fish (especially anchovies, herring)


Rhubarb (high in oxalic acid)


Foods with a moderate purine content (may be eaten only in moderation):

Other meats

Other fish


Pulses and wholegrains

Asparagus, cauliflower



Low-purine foods:

All other vegetables


Milk, cheese, eggs

Refined cereals and carbohydrates (e.g. weetabix, cornflakes, pasta)

It is important to drink lots of water and herb teas such as dandelion leaf, celery seed or nettle to help the kidneys flush toxins from the body. A minimum of two litres of water per day is recommended. Alcohol, tea, coffee and fizzy drinks all aggravate gout. During acute attacks, the diet should be low-protein, i.e. no meat, fish or dairy products.


Toetal™ Sour Cherry Concentrate 500mls

The unique benefits of sour cherries (not to be confused with sweet cherries) first came to light in the 1990s, when numerous studies were published concerning the antioxidant content of this fruit. Further research has identified the active antioxidants as eight polypholic compounds, including anthocyanidins and quercetin.

As well as potent antioxidants, anthocyanidins have been purported from studies to also possess anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore it has been shown from studies on sour cherries that particular compounds found in these fruits may inhibit the inflammatory pathways associated with uric acid production.

Toetal™ is a sour cherry concentrate that has been carefully processed to ensure the powerful antioxidant properties are retained. Sour cherries are thankfully not however a reflection of the taste of Toetal™, which is naturally sweetened with red grape and apple.

 £14.95 for approx 50 days supply

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Last updated 27th November 2014     ©Purple Sage Botanicals