Gout can be horribly painful, causing arthritis-like symptoms and tender, swollen joints that may be reddish in color and warm or even hot to the touch. While the exact cause of gout is not known, it has been thought for centuries that a diet heavy in rich foods and alcohol, combined with a sedentary lifestyle, were chief contributors.
It is believed that a buildup of uric acid crystals causes gout. Naturalnews. com writes that gout may be improved naturally by using cherry juice and eliminating or reducing the intake of sugar, alcohol and heavy, regular use of meat products.
Gout is one of the oldest recorded disorders in history, with records dating back to the 1200s. It was then known as a "Disease of Kings" due to its connection with rich, fatty foods and other gastronomical indulgences.