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Anyone who has waken-up in the middle of the night with a severely painful gout attack will know that this disease is no fun. Gout is a disease in which tiny crystals (urate crystals) deposit in all the wrong places like joints and soft tissue. The quintessential gout picture is a swollen, big, red toe. However, many joints can be affected by gouty arthritis including the ankle, foot, knee, wrist or hand. Crystals deposit in these places when a person cannot get rid a chemical called uric acid (which is produced by the breakdown of purines, see below) very well and the uric acid accumulates as crystals. Did you ever have one of those crystal gardens as a child? Watching the crystals grow was so exciting. Well, imagine having one of those crystals lodged in a joint. Now, that is some serious pain. Living with this painful disease requires some education; here are some little known facts about Gout.
1. All humans are at risk for gout, but gout is rarely seen in men before adolesce...
Consuming food can still be enjoyable, especially with the wonderful flavor of chocolate paired with a nice red wine. In fact, many advantageous health benefits can become a reality with such a pleasurable pairing. Besides the joy of eating something that tastes so good, both chocolate and wine have some serious nutritional powers with seemingly unending uses towards the prevention and treatment of diseases including chronic pain. These powers are rooted in the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties found in both chocolate and red wine.
Chocolate is rich in chemicals found in plants, in this case the cocoa bean. Because plants are constantly berated by the environmental elements, the chemicals found in plants, called polyphenols, are the primary defense mechanism for the plant. In turn, by consuming the plants, humans gain some of the same defenses against the elements by incorporating these powerful protective chemicals into our own chemical matrix.
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