Is Basil Good for Gout? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Basil is good for gout. Because it has eugenol and BCP, and they can reduce inflammation and uric acid levels.

Gout is a condition that affects your joints.

In gout, your body experiences an overaccumulation of uric acid in the joints, which can crystallize and cause intense pain and inflammation.

This can lead to various health problems, such as kidney stones and chronic gouty arthritis.

One of the key factors in managing gout is diet.

What you consume can affect your uric acid levels, which can impact your gout symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage gout, you should consume anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich foods like cherries, berries, and leafy greens and avoid purine rich foods like red meats, organ meats, and certain seafood.

Now, basil is an herb.

People usually add it to dishes for flavor or use it in teas and supplements.

Basil is good for gout because it contains eugenol and beta-caryophyllene (BCP).

Eugenol is an anti-inflammatory component that lowers uric acid and reduces the intensity of gout attacks.

BCP is believed to help against gout.

A typical serving of basil can give you a good amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and iron.

For example, 100 grams of basil provides 5275 IU of vitamin A (which is over 100% of your daily needs), 18 mg of vitamin C (30% of your daily needs), 3.2 mg of iron (17% of your daily needs), 177 mg of calcium (18% of your daily needs), and is also rich in manganese and magnesium.

Eugenol can positively affect gout by reducing inflammation and uric acid levels.

Vitamin C can positively affect gout by potentially lowering uric acid levels and providing antioxidant benefits.

Vitamin A and vitamin K are important for overall health but do not directly affect gout.

Furthermore, basil is an herb and herbs are good for gout.

Because, they contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help manage gout symptoms.

You can add basil to your dishes or drink basil tea safely in typical culinary amounts.

More than that can cause no known side effects when consumed as a food.

However, as a concentrated oil or supplement, excessive amounts could potentially slow down blood clotting.

Also, you shouldn’t overconsume basil supplements if you have bleeding disorders to prevent increased risk of bleeding.

Because eugenol and other compounds in basil can slow blood clotting.

You can buy fresh basil in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose bright green leaves without dark spots or yellowing.

Because freshness and color indicate quality.

You can store them in the refrigerator wrapped in a damp paper towel for up to a week.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with gout effectively.

I always recommend my gout patients to follow a gout-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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