Treating Gout: The Problems with Purines
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Treating Gout: The Problems with Purines

People who suffer from Gout should choose soups made with vegetable stocks if possible. This is because meat stocks may contain high levels of purines which raise the amount of uric acid crystals cause the painful joints experienced by people with gout.

Treating Gout: The Problems with Purines

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Treating Gout: The Problems with Purines

A type of Arthritis, gout is caused by a defect in a body’s ability to metabolize uric acid. The result is an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, causing pain and inflammation. Typically a single joint is involved, most commonly the base of the big toe, although the knees, wrists and ankles can also be affected.

The precise causes of gout are uncertain, but there is often a family history. Overindulgence in food and alcohol does not cause gout, but these may trigger an attack. Gout is also commonly associated with OBESITY, especially with a build-up of fat in the abdominal cavity.

Treating Gout

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Gout is diagnosed when a blood test reveals high levels of uric acid and a single joint is affected. Patients are usually prescribed drugs to increase the excretion of uric acid and interferes with the potency of the prescribed drugs. Anti-reduce the symptoms.

Controlling body weight, through a well-planned programme of exercise and diet, can also help to relieve gout; however, fasting can precipitate an attack. Gout suffers should take plenty of excess uric acid crystal, which may also cause kidney stones. They should also eat plenty of fresh fruit and green leafy vegetables for potassium, which aids the excretion of uric acid by keeping the urine alkaline. Eating 255g (8oz) of fresh or tinned cherries a day can help to lower blood levels of uric acid. In traditional medicine, leeks are used to treat gout; CELERY is recommended for its anti-inflammatory action.

The Problem With Purines

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People who suffer from gout are generally put on a course of drug, buy they may also be advised to cut down on foods that are high in purines since high intakes of these food can increase levels of uric acid and the blood, causing uric acid salts to be deposited in the joints. High-purine foods include offal, game, anchovies, sardines, poultry, shellfish and pulses. Low purine foods include fruit and fruit juice, nuts, dairy produce, eggs and vegetables – with the exception of asparagus, cauliflower, peas, spinach and mushrooms.

Symptoms and Statistics

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Although the big toe is a common place for it to start, the painful aching of gout can be felt in joints in almost any part of the body, but never in the spine.

Gout is often extremely painful and it is by no means rare. It affects 16 men in every 1000, but is less common in women (3 in every 1000), who rarely suffer from it before the menopause.


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Research studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids can decrease the body’s output of inflammatory compounds. Gout sufferers may find that fish-oil supplements, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, can offer some relief for painful swelling of the joints.

Gout Tips:

Take Plenty of

* Water, fresh fruit and vegetables


* Excessive amounts of alcohol

* Offal, game, sardines and shellfish

* Aspirin-based drugs

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Comments (6)


This is very helpful article I must thank you for this.

Yes, very useful

Mark Hamilton-Taylor

increase alkalinity and reduce acidity - over acidic diets cause Gout.

Good tips Mr Ghaz for avoiding gout.

very interesting - a subject I knew little about