Good foods for 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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Foods that are low in purines:

• Raw fruit – (Cherries & strawberries are good)
• Vegetables (those not mentioned above)
• Grains
• Seeds & nuts
• White bread / crackers (not whole wheat,)
• White rice
• Cereals and cereal products
• Cheese (all kinds)
Gout is caused by excessive uric acid production from the metabolism of purines. The uric acid production exceeds the speed that it can be eliminated.

The excess uric acid accumulates in the bloodstream and is deposited in small joints and soft tissues. This build-up causes painful arthritis.

An effective diet is important to avoid or reduce complications and lessen the expense of drug treatment.

Restricting calorie intake and alcohol consumption, and losing weight, can also reduce uric acid levels.

It is also important to drink plenty of fluids to increase uric acid excretion from the body. Alternative sources of protein should be included in a low-purine diet.

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