Gout And Black Beans
Black Bean Broth has been touted as a symptomatic cure for gout and arthritis. Scientific research has not been done, but many many sufferers of gout report it improving their symptoms.
It depends on the individual, though; some sufferers of gout find it works well, and some don’t. It’s theorised that this difference is caused by the fact that there are many different pathways which can cause gout in a person. Because of this, different people have gout that responds in different ways.
It’s easy, though, to find out if black bean broth works for you! Just try it. There are no side effects, in fact many quite enjoy the flavour.
To make black bean broth, simply take 200g or so of black beans. Boil it in 2 litres of water for one to two hours. (If you cook it for two hours, the beans should be done and you’ll be able to eat them, if you wish. Some keep the beans, others choose to throw them away and just keep the medicinal liquid. Consult Black Bean Recipes for some ideas about what to do with them). You may want to also add 100g of chopped ginger to the pot as you put it on to boil; this adds extra anti-inflammatory properties and improves the flavour.
Although I personally do not have gout and have never had to use black bean broth to cure gout, I have drunk black bean broth for pleasure and can recommend adding some onion and salt. With this, it should be quite enjoyable on its own, although it will have a strong flavour for sure, which might take some getting used to.
To treat your gout, drink 2 cups/half a litre of black bean broth once a day so long as you are experiencing the symptoms of a gout attack. From then on, drink it once a week as a preventative.
More About Black Bean Broth As A Treatment For Gout
Black bean broth as a treatment for gout originated as a home remedy in Taiwan. It quickly spread to all corners of the globe as its effectiveness became known.
It’s theorised that the active component of black bean broth are the anthocyanins, those antioxidant chemicals which are responsible for the beans’ black colour (see also: Antioxidants In Black Beans). Indeed, some gout sufferers report having equally good results using black soy beans, which are a very different species to “ordinary” black beans, and which have only one thing in common: the anthocyanins.
You can get anthocyanins from other sources too: blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, black rice, black maize. Elderberries in particular have a huge amount of anthocyanins and have been used as a gout remedy for centuries. They have also been used at times as an effective relief for colds and flus. If you’re lucky you can buy elderberry juice from your local supermarket; otherwise it’s also quite likely you can find the berries growing at the roadside at September. If you pick your own, only pick the black ones, and stew them before eating or drinking; they should not be eaten raw.
I drink elderberry juice for health and pleasure personally, and I find it’s most palatable when combined 1 part elderberry juice to 2 parts orange juice.
In conclusion, black bean broth and other “black” foods can be excellent remedies for gout! Do try it and tell me how it goes. And don’t forget to eat some of those black beans – they really are tasty. As I mentioned before, I have a page on black bean recipes that might be worth consulting.