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18 Feb 2014

Gout diet
What do i eat and what not
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19 Feb 2014

Dear Chris

You should be able to access an article I wrote on 'New Dietary Recommendations for Gout', by visiting the Health24.com Website, clicking on 'Diet-and-nutrition' and doing a Search with the title of the article. If you suffer from gout then you actually need to eat a diet that is low in compounds called 'purines'. Generally speaking anyone with gout needs to avoid a buildup of uric acid in the body. Excessive uric acid buildup is caused by a disorder in the metabolism of so-called "purines", which are compounds that occur in high quantities in red meat, organ meats (brains, liver, kidneys, sweetbreads), anchovies, meat extracts, broth, bouillon, and gravies made from meat drippings, sardines, herrings, mackerel, mussels, partridge, fish roes, baker's and brewer's yeast taken as supplements. Beans, pulses, spinach, asparagus and mushrooms have a moderate purine content and can be eaten in moderate quantities. Other vegetables have a negligible purine content and can be eaten freely. Alcohol and rich, fatty foods, as well as high intakes of foods that contain fructose (fruit juice, fruits and diet products that contain fructose) also exacerbate gout. The gout may respond to an increase in the intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon oil capsules are a good source of omega-3. There are a variety of medications that are prescribed for gout, but you need to ask your medical doctor to provide a prescription for such medications such as 'colchicine', or 'allopurinol'. Make sure that you drink about 4 additional glasses of water per day to help your kidneys remove purines from your system, but do not overdo your water intake either because more is not better.

Best regards

DietDoc

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