Q. I began taking celery seed extract capsules six months ago for gout. Within a day, all my foot pain was gone. A blood test six weeks later showed normal levels of uric acid. I take two capsules each morning. Celery seed is a miracle, as far as I’m concerned.

A. We could find no clinical trials proving that celery seed extract controls gout. Nonetheless, herbal expert James Duke, Ph.D., reports that this botanical medicine works well to prevent flare-ups. An animal model of arthritis and gout suggests that a combination of celery seed and New Zealand green-lipped mussel extract (Lyprinol) eases inflammation (Inflammopharmacology, Dec. 2003).

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  1. Terry

    My understanding of gout is this. It is caused by the decline of an enzyme that breaks down the uric acid caused by eating food with something called purines. Apparently uric acid is too big of a molecule to pass through the kidney. Also a uric acid level of 11 or so is the level of saturation after which the UA crystals start to precipitate. Gout also moves around and I have more trouble with my hands when I have flare up. I don’t think there is any food that causes instant gout but shellfish, beans, oatmeal, organ meats are not good diet foods to prevent gout. I have a list of diet control if interested and will make a copy. email it to PP to get them to post the list.

    I also take enzymes, supposedly for gout control. None of what I say can be verified and is based on my experiences and what a couple of doctors have told me. I take prednisolone for inflammation control if my UA get out of whack. The enzymes, I sort of think, do reduce the UA level below the saturation level. I was not aware of celery or its seeds as help. It too may have supportive enzyme(s) to break down the uric acid? Plus it is cheap and tastes OK to good with no side effects.

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