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Diet For Gout?

Are you looking for gout pain relief? Following a diet for gout is an important part of controlling this condition. What types of foods are OK to eat and what should you avoid?

What is Gout?

Gout is a painful type of arthritis condition caused by the buildup of uric in the blood (called hyperuricemia). This build up of uric acid is caused when chemicals called purines are broken down in the body and your kidneys are unable to eliminate them. This uric acid build up results in the creation of sharp urate crystals that accumulate around joints. These crystals often feel like glass or needles, resulting in significant pain.

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Controlling Gout Symptoms

A diet for gout plays an important role in controlling gout symptoms as many foods contain purines, the substance that builds up in the body and can lead to a gout attack. Thus controlling the amount of purines ingested is the focus of a gout diet.

Foods that are high in purines and should be avoided include:

* seafood such as sardines and herring

* chicken


* asparagus

* cauliflower

* organ meats (liver and kidneys)

* meat gravies * dried beans

* dried peas

* mushrooms

* oatmeal

* alcohol, specifically beer

Foods that are low in purines and should be included into your diet include:

* cherries

* cereals and cereal products

* eggs

* rice (especially brown rice)

* noodles

* fruits

* breads

* cheese

* green vegetables

* milk products

Finally, there is some evidence that coffee and supplementing with vitamin C can be used as a preventative measure as they lower uric acid levels.

Gout Recipes

Finding good recipes that fit into this gout diet can be a challenge. This gout diet recipe link includes a variety of main dish recipes in addition to links to other recipe ideas.

Take the time to organize your daily diet routine around these simple principles to help minimize the potential of gout attacks.


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Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2010 Mar;22(2):165-72.A prescription for lifestyle change in patients with hyperuricemia and gout.Choi HK.

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