A few years ago, I was at the end of my rope trying to deal with gout attacks that had become frequent and severe. I was taking Allopurinol and Colchicine, but still having attacks at least twice a month. I also developed gouty tophy and required operations. I was miserable.

But just when I was ready to give up hope that anything could relieve my gout, I came across some intriguing information about the health benefits of raw, unprocessed dark chocolate for gout sufferers. Without much to go on, I decided to give it a try. After all, at this point, I had nothing to lose. And besides, who can turn down chocolate? I committed to including healthy dark chocolate to my diet three times a day.

As someone who tended to have a lot of aches and pains when I woke up in the morning, one of the first things I noticed about a week after starting this dark chocolate regimen was that this stiffness seemed to be disappearing. This was interesting, so I kept eating the chocolate. And then, in what felt to me like a miracle, I went one month without having a gout attack. I kept eating the chocolate and two months went by and no gout, and then three months, and my gout symptoms were gone. It’s now almost three years later. I am still including dark  chocolate into my diet and I have not had a gout flare-up since.

However, my thinking about dark chocolate has changed since I began this natural therapy. While at first the effects of chocolate really did seem like some kind of gift from the gods, I have since uncovered an incredible wealth of scientific research that explains exactly why healthy dark chocolate is so helpful in relieving gout symptoms. Turns out it’s not a miracle, it’s just good science that any of us can understand and put into practice.

The following summarizes recent research about the health and nutritional benefits of dark chocolate and how it can apply to ending your gout for good. Give it a read! I truly hope this information is as life-altering for you as it has been for me.

The Basics: How Chocolate Helps To Relieve Gout
Chocolate and Gout – The Science
The Details: Not All Chocolate Is Created Equal