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05 Jan 2005

Diet for arthiritis
I need to know what I can eat and not can eat?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Tanya
This depends on the type of arthritis you suffer from. If you have gouty arthritis, then you need 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 the condition. Joint pains can also be cause by other forms of arthritis, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, which are not linked to uric acid. If you have the latter kind of arthritis you need to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon oil capsules are a good source of omega-3.
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DietDoc
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