Gout is a hurting variety of Arthritis; it has long been related with diet, predominantly excess in meat, seafood and alcohol. Consequently, Gout Treatment used to consist of harsh dietary restraints that made the Gout Diet hard to stick to. Luckily, newer medications to treat Gout have reduced the need for a Stringent Gout Diet. Gout crops up when elevated levels of uric acid in your blood form crystals and gather around a joint. Body manufactures uric acid when it breaks down purines. Purines crop up naturally in your body but you also get them from eating certain foods, such as organ meats, anchovies, herring, asparagus and mushrooms. The Diet is not a treatment for Gout, but may help you control your attacks. Gout Diet resembles the healthy diet. Although eating foods rich in purines does contribute to the total amount of uric acid in the blood it is not the only cause.
Avoid Foods High in Purines.
Beer, anchovies, organ meat (brains, kidney, liver, sweetbreads), game meats, gravies, yeast, meat extracts, sardines, herring, mackerel, scallops are high in purines therefore these must be avoided.
Foods Helpful for Gout
- Cherry juice or strawberries have been found helpful. Some chemicals contained in Dark Berries may help reduce the inflammation and lower the uric acid.
- Oily fish like salmon, or fatty acids in flax seed or olive oil or nuts may reduce inflammation too.
- It has been suggested that using tofu (from soybeans) instead of meat could also be helpful.
- Some have found relief with OPC3 antioxidant supplement.
- Eating more dairy products (regardless of fat content) helps decrease blood uric acid levels. Drinking skim or low-fat milk and eating foods made with them, such as yogurt, help reduce the risk of gout. Aim for adequate dairy intake of 16 to 24 fluid ounces (473 to 710 milliliters) daily.
- Supplementation of 500 mg per day of Vitamin C may be helpful.
- Fruit reduces risk of getting Gout
- Cherries have been proven to help joint health and Gout.
- A high intake of vegetable protein helps in Gout.
- Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water. Fluids can help remove uric acid from your body. Aim for eight to 16 glasses a day.
- Eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, cakes and candy.
Foods Low in Purines
Butter, Bread, Cheese Of All Kinds, Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee, Corn Bread, Eggs, Fats Of Any Kind, Fruits Of All Kinds, Fruit Juices, Gelatin, Jello, Macaroni, Milk, Noodles, Nuts Of All Kinds (Remember These Are High In Fat), Rice, Sugar, Sweets, Tapioca, Tea, Wheat Bread & Wheat Products.
Vegetables Low in Purines
Artichokes, Beets, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Endive, Kohrabi, Lettuce, Okra, Parnsips, Potato, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Sauerkraut, String Beans, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Turnips.
Sample Menu for Gout Patient
- Bran Bread sandwich
- Fresh fruit juice
- Skimmed milk
- Salad with green vegetables and fruits
- slice of ham in a sandwich with Peanut butter
- Baked potatoes
- Baked white fish
- Sauteed vegetables
- Plain white rice
- Whole wheat pasta
- Lean meat