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Gout: 10 nutritional recommendations to end painful attacks

Gout is a disease affecting the joints which is characterized by inflammation and intense pain, the famous gout attack. The symptoms result from the accumulation of uric acid in the body and particularly in the extremities like the feet. The causes of gout can be of genetic origin, following kidney failure or even a poor diet.

Gout was once known as “the disease of kings” because it was and still is closely associated with a diet high in fat and purines like meat. An often effective way to prevent gout is through proper diet.

  • Drink a lot of water. Water helps the body through its diuretic effect to eliminate excess uric acid and other toxins. Avoid drinking sodas (high in fructose) and sugary juices. Preferably drink water and more than 2 liters per day. Coffee is another drink recommended to prevent gout, to have an effect you should drink between 3 and 4 per day.
  • Consume low-calorie dairy products to meet their daily protein needs. This includes cottage cheese, cheeses made with skimmed milk and other derivatives with a low fat percentage.
  • Limit your meat consumption. It will be a question of reducing or stopping eating especially red meats. Reduce seafood intake as well, as they are high in purines and can trigger gout attacks.
  • It is recommended not to consume too much protein, prefer proteins of vegetable origin such as tofu or eggs.

  • Reduce your alcohol consumption. In addition to reducing uric acid excretion, alcohol promotes the formation of gout, especially in men. Note that barley, contained in beer, is rich in purines.
  • Control your weight. Overweight and obesity are risk factors for the onset of gout, obesity increases the risk of gout by a factor of 2 to 3. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and don’t forget to exercise.
  • Reduce your consumption of sweets. Excess sugar can trigger diabetes and some studies have shown that high levels of insulin in the blood can lead to high levels of uric acid (cause of gout). Avoid foods rich in fructose and with a high concentration of sugar such as candies, cakes, chocolates, etc.
  • Limit or reduce bread consumption. The yeast used to produce bread is high in purines, which increases the amount of uric acid in the blood.
  • Consume foods low in purines. Such as dairy products, vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce), fruits, cereals and starches derived from wheat. Note: legumes (eg beans, soybeans, chickpeas, peas, lentils, etc.) have an intermediate purine content. Beware of the consumption of certain vegetables such as asparagus which are rich in purine (would cause a gout attack in some people).
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    However, it seems that consuming vegetables or fruits rich in purine would have no impact on gout. It would essentially be products of animal origin rich in purines (meat, seafood) which would promote gout.

  • Avoid offal. This includes liver, heart, tongue, kidneys, brain. Avoid canned meats as well as sausages, bacon, meats from goat, lamb, veal or salami.
  • Consume vitamin C. Studies have shown that consuming vitamin C helps reduce the amount of uric acid in the blood. Therefore, eating fruits such as oranges or cherries (with properties to cure gout) can prove to be preventive.
  • In addition to vitamin C, cherries contain other active ingredients such as anthocyanosides. Consuming 10-12 cherries daily for 2 or more days has been proven to reduce the risk of gout attacks by 35%. The consumption of allopurinol and cherries even lowers the risk of gout attacks by 75% compared to those who do not consume allopurinol or cherries.

    [HighProtein-Foods.com]

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