Foods that help gout

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Gout is a metabolic disease characterized by an excessive production of uric acid from purines, a substance found in many foods. While medication can control gout and put it into remission, the role of diet is a significant one.

So what are some foods that might help with gout?

Information from the Arthritis Foundation

Fresh cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and other red-blue berries




Vegetables including kale, cabbage, parsley, green-leafy vegetables

Foods high in bromelain (pineapple)

Foods high in vitamin C (red cabbage, red bell peppers, tangerines, mandarins, oranges, potatoes)

Individuals should try to drink fruit juices and purified water (8 glasses of water per day)

Low-fat dairy products

Complex carbohydrates (breads, cereals, pasta, rice, as well as aforementioned vegetables and fruits)

Chocolate, cocoa

Coffee, tea

Carbonated beverages

Essential fatty acids (tuna and salmon, flaxseed, nuts, seeds)


Foods considered moderately high in purines but which may not raise the risk of gout include: asparagus, cauliflower, mushrooms, peas, spinach, whole grain breads and cereals, chicken, duck, ham, turkey, kidney and lima beans. It is important to remember that purines are found in all protein foods. All sources of purines should not be eliminated.

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