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01 Aug 2008

calcium rich diet for arthritis
could you please help with a calcium rich diet plan for a person that has severe joint pain - diagnosed arthritis- on pain medication
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Lara
If you suffer from gouty osteo-arthritis 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 and fruits have a negligible purine content and can be eaten freely. Alcohol and rich, fatty foods also exacerbate gout and cholesterol. Both the gout and raised cholesterol levels may also respond to an increase in the intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon oil capsules are a good source of omega-3.
If you need to increase your calcium intake (which I presume is not related to your arthritis because calcium supplementation does not actually improve arthritis), then make sure that you drink 4 cups of low-fat milk or eat 3-4 cups of low-fat yoghurt a day. Low-fat cottage cheese is also an source of calcium that does not increase your purine intake thus not worsening the arthritis.
Hope your pain improves
DietDoc
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