Gout is a common and painful form of arthritis that causes swollen, red, hot and stiff joints when uric acid builds up in the blood. Discuss topics including symptoms and medical or alternative treatments for gout.
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There is no regimented “gout diet”. However, gout patients should follow a healthy, balanced diet, taking into account the following guidelines and dietary requirements related to any other health conditions.
It is important to avoid purine-rich food and large amounts of foods with a moderate concentration of purine. A diet low in purine content can play an important role in managing gout because purine can increase the amount of uric acid in the body and may trigger a gout attack.
It is also advisable to reduce the amount of fructose in your diet, an ingredient found in sugar-sweetened soft drinks and other processed foods. Foods heavy in fructose are also commonly cited for their role in contributing to the obesity epidemic.
Build your diet on foods such as:
Low-fat dairy products
Avoid crash diets as quick or extreme weight loss increases the amount of uric acid in the body.
High-purine foods to avoid:
Seafood, especially shellfish like shrimp and lobster
Source: Krause’s Food, Nutrition and Diet Therapy
A study by Dr. Hyon Choi, et al, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that each additional serving of purine-rich red meat was associated with a 21 percent increase in the risk of gout in men over age 40; each additional weekly serving of seafood was associated with a 7 percent increase in risk. The study also found that protein, purine-rich vegetables and moderate consumption of wine are not as harmful to gout sufferers as once believed. In addition, the study found that low-fat dairy products, specifically skim milk and low-fat yogurt, may actually decrease the risk or provide some protection against gout.
High-fructose foods to limit:
Fructose is a naturally occurring simple sugar found in fruit, vegetables and honey. There is a correlation between a diet high in fructose content and gout.
Moderate your consumption of high-fructose fruits to 1-2 cups per day, including
High-fructose foods to avoid:
All sweetened soft drinks, juices and foods with added high-fructose corn syrup on the label, especially in sodas, enriched fruit drinks, many breakfast cereals, many store-bought baked goods, many ice creams and candy
Processed foods such as those found at “fast food” restaurants
Some dietitians recommend creating a gout lifestyle and diet diary so that you can keep track of foods that may trigger an attack of gout. Click here to download a sample diary.
These guidelines may vary from those supplied by your physician or other healthcare professional and are not intended as a substitute for their advice.
How to Reduce Uric Acid Quickly
By eHow Contributor
High levels of uric acid levels cause gout.
Uric acid is a natural compound made up of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and and hydrogen. Too much uric acid can cause a form of arthritis called gout. You will want to reduce your levels of uric acid if you are susceptible to gout.
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ANIMAL INTERNAL ORGANS - Stop eating animal organs such liver and kidneys if you need to reduce your uric acid levels. Uric acid is also found in beans, chicken, pork, seafood and other wheat and wheat products. Eat these foods in moderation if you need to reduce your uric acid levels. Also watch out for mushrooms, asparagus, green peas, spinach, and cauliflower.
FRUCTOSE - Stop eating foods with fructose in them if you need to lower your uric acid levels. Foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup in them are not good for you any way and they are especially bad if you have high levels of uric acid. Fructose is also in sucrose. Avoid soft drinks and other food with any form of fructose in it.
HEREDITARY - It may be that you have high levels of uric acid naturally because it runs in your family. It may be harder for you to control your uric acid levels if this is the case. You can still control your uric acid by eating properly, but please remember that you do need uric acid and you do not want your levels to become too low.
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What foods will help to decrease Uric Acid?
I can seem to find a lot of foods to avoid, but relatively few to eat to help reduce the Uric Acid in my blood. I don't have gout, what they are more concerned about is my developing kidney stones. Only thing I could find was cherries. Are there any other foods that help?
Raised uric acid,above normal levels, is known as hyperuricemia. While uric acid is actually a waste product left over from metabolism of chemical compounds called purines, it can also be found in some foods and alcohol.
There are no foods that can actually lead to lowering of uric acid,the trick lies in avoiding the foods that actually lead to a rise in its level.
Normally, uric acid is eliminated from the body by the kidneys and a bit of hyperuricemia usually does very little harm. In fact, most people with high levels of uric acid in the blood never develop gout. However, some people are more sensitive to high levels of uric acid, and their bodies will form crystals that accumulate in the joints and cause painful gout symptoms.
Foods containing uric acid and the compounds that metabolize into uric acid include most animal meats, such as beef, pork and seafood. Poultry and ham, the "white meats," can have some degree of purine content and should be eaten very sparingly, but they are not as detrimental as the "red meats." Bacon, however, is very high in purines due to the processing used to make it ready for human consumption and should be avoided. Alcohol and breads which contain yeast are also foods high in uric acid that should be kept out of the diet.
Dietry restrictions, are extremely helpful in lowering levels of uric acid in the body, and will usually involve reducing or cutting out foods that have high levels of purines.
Black cherry juice, also known as sour cherry or bitter cherry, is also being used in great quantities to help relieve the symptoms of gout in conjunction with diets to reduce uric acid. Celery seed extract and bromelain are some popular alternative medicine remedies that have been used as natural anti-inflammatories and have been well received by those who suffer chronic inflammation. Adding eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and folic acid to the diet can also assist in reducing inflammation in gout episodes.
Also reducing weight helps in the loweing the uric acid levels, but the crash dietry programmes or sudden weight loss can actually lead to increased levels of uric acid due to increased catabolism.
Many other substances if consumed in moderation, will lead to decreased levels like yucca, turmeric and silymarin, although their effect may be due to the antiinflammatory properties.
The best thing is to consult a doctor and follow his treatment and the dietry regieme that is prescribed for the particular patient.
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