Gout Foods To Eat

If you suffer from chronic gout you owe it to yourself to know which gout foods to eat. These food work as natural anti-inflammatory agents as well as clearing up the underlying cause of gout, the build up of uric acid in you body.


Gout is cause by an over abundance of uric acid crystals forming in your joints and certain fruits can be a big help. Cherries are probably the best food to eat for gout and are a natural anti-inflammatory as well as a great way to reduce uric acid in your system. Other great fruits to eat include strawberries, celery, blueberries and more. Be sure to avoid citrus fruits though as they can increase you body's acid levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

    whats the best foods to eat to avoid gout?
    And ones to cut back on/not eat?

    I have researched this but some sites say one food is good and others say the same one is bad.

    • ANSWER:
      There are no foods that positively decease gout, but foods high in purines may precipitate an attack.
      * Beer, other alcoholic beverages.
      * Anchovies, sardines in oil, fish roes, herring.
      * Yeast.
      * Organ meat (liver, kidneys, sweetbreads)
      * Legumes (dried beans, peas)
      * Meat extracts, consomme, gravies.
      * Mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower.

    What foods should a gout patient eat?
    I was just diagnosed with gout today, and in my search for more information, I'm coming across lists of food that I shouldn't eat. I'm looking for foods that I SHOULD eat, or are at least better to eat.

    By the way...the whole gout thing? Not fun! My foot hurts!

    • ANSWER:
      This diet will assist in eliminating any current attack or build up so that a more normal diet can slowly be reintroduced with success: Brown Rice, corn, boiled cabbage (small amounts), celery, carrots, baked sweet potatoes, onion, dates, fresh coconut, avocados, honey, raisins, sour dairy products (yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream), fresh chestnuts/ almonds (not cooked), fully ripened bananas (not green or brown), apples, pears, strawberries, cherries, oranges, kiwi, grapes, watermelon, lemon, lime, other melons, soy sauce (light use for flavor on rice), fresh unsweetened fruit juices (frozen or refrigerated-NO CRANBERRY), and baking potatoes (not white potatoes). It would be best to use a lot of sour cream on your baking potatoes. Please include some of these foods into your daily diet even after your attack/build up has subsided. If you are under an attack you must eat a full variety of these foods. For instance brown rice, fresh almonds, and corn provide all the protein and amino acids of a piece of meat when eaten together but without the purines.
      Weight loss can cause an increase in uric acid production and retention.
      Be sure to keep your caloric intake up and eat enough of the healing foods to prevent any weight loss during an attack. Any weight loss will cause the attack to get worse.
      Maintaining weight by keeping caloric intake up to an amount that stops all weight loss is very important, anything less than 1500/2000 calories a day can make your attack worse


      Eat more blueberries and cherries, because they’re rich in substances that counteract purines, which cause gout, says Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder and president of the Whitaker Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California. He says that some gout patients report finding relief by eating from a handful to up to ½ pound of cherries each day. He also advises people with gout to avoid anchovies, asparagus, mushrooms and organ meats such as liver and kidney, since they’re high in purines.



    I am looking for advice of foods to eat for a person with gout.?
    My doctor informed me to stop eating meats, fried foods, seafoods and to stop drinking soda. I do not smoke, or drink coffee, nor do I drink alcoholic beverages. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      your diet will determine if you get gout.
      The following article gives you insightful info about diet for a person with gout.
      Take Care.

    Gout: What vitamins to take, what foods to eat, and what foods to stay away from.?
    My dad has a gout, and my mom asked me to search for the right vitamins and lists of what foods to eat and what foods to not eat. Can someone help me here? Please tell me what vitamins my dad should take, what foods to eat, and what foods to stay away from.

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with gout (left toe) when I was 26 and actually thought I broke my toe until my doctor gave me the news. prior to being diagnosed with gout i had been taking a diet pill with only water and eating very little food as i was trying to lose weight. Of course that is the worse way to lose weight.

      Ways to decrease the chances of getting a repeat gout flare-up:

      (1) Losing weight. Best way to lose weight is through a weight training program. I have been able to control my gout through a combination of weight training and cardio but not a whole lot of cardio (because you will get a repeat occurence of gout). 30 minutes max. The main thing here is to increase the amount of testosterone in your system, not decrease it. Don't lose more than 1.5 pounds a week. Do it slow and you won't get gout

      (2) Decrease Stress. Stress is a huge factor in getting gout.

      (3) Sleep. Get enough "Quality" sleep, like REM sleep. The sleep that makes you feel energized when you wake up. Quality sleep will increase your T levels.

      (4)Vitamins. I've taken gnc's mega men and also mega green. If these 2 are a bit too much price wise i would just go for a multivitamin for men such as one a day or centrum. You'll acheive the most from your vitamins if you take them while exercising as in number 1 above. Some vitamins that may help are flax seed, vitamin b complex, bromelain, folic acid, and potassium. I would stay away from too much vitamin C as there are conflicting thoughts on it regarding gout.

      (5) Foods to avoid: you can find this info on a number of websites out there. You should stay on a low purine diet. Avoid red meat, organ meats, alcohol, fried foods, caffeine, and sweets.

      (6) Avoid crash dieting

      (7) Best foods that should help heal: celery, cherries or cherry juice, bananas, and pineapples.

      (8) Foods you can eat: milk and dairy products, fruits and vegetables etc. You can find this info on a lot of websites.

    what foods shoul you eat to avoid gout?
    I have diabetes and had a list of the right foods but lost my list

    and only remember a few.

    • ANSWER:
      i drink monavie juice and it has helped my gout go totally away. e mail me if you want more details.

    What are some foods to eat if I have gout?
    How would I also go about making it stay away?(or at least attempting)

    • ANSWER:
      I have a few friends that swear by eating Maraschino cherries whenever they get gout. My Dad who can be the biggest skeptic out there actually ended up trying it and has joined the following.

      They are also aware that its often brought on by not eating well and drinking alcohol too many days in a set time (ie festive times of the year). Eating a balanced diet, drinking lots of water and limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake will all help in the long term.

    What foods can you eat when you have Gout?
    My father has severe Gout, and i would like to know which foods are best for him.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband has gout too and all the research I have found tells you what NOT to eat but nothing tells you what would be good to eat to try to help prevent future attacks. There is one site from England that you have to pay to be a member and she swears that If you join, she will tell you recipes and things that will help, but I refuse to pay her huge fee to get very little. She has a "free" e-mail that she will send and I got on that list for a while, but it gave you NOTHING for any tips or information and every time that you click on something to learn the magic answer, it directed you to her pay pal site so you could pay her annual fee to join her club. With her being off shore, you have no recourse if you are scammed. I did not fall for it or pay for it.

      I have been asking and researching all over and so far the only thing I have found that people agree on is tart cherry juice to help prevent attacks. Several say that if you start your day with a glass of tart cherry juice, that it will help to prevent attacks. If an attack happens, they say that if you drink more tart cherry juice, it will help to get rid of the attack quicker than without it. The problem is that I can't get my husband to even drink one glass of it, not even once to give it a shot. He is so stubborn!

      My next door neighbor is a biology professor and he has tried to find some more information on what can be eaten and even he hasn't been able to find much on the subject.

      Stay away from a lot of proteins like red meats. Pork and Beef seem to hit my husband hard.
      Turkey and chicken are better. We try to have at least one night a week without meat at all. One of our favorites is spaghetti. I dice up zucchini chunks into the sauce to give it more substance and it is really pretty good. I have read on a few lists that mushrooms will trigger a flare up, so I don't add any extra to the sauce.
      He likes to take ramen noodles to work for his lunch. I have not seen these on any list so I assume they are ok. We will sometimes have them for dinner too with some shredded cabbage, carrots, zucchini, and any left over chicken or turkey.
      Turkey bacon is pretty good and we use ground turkey in things like spaghetti sauce and lasagna.

      Gout is no laughing matter. It really is very painful. They are not just being babys when they complain about it.

      Sorry Roxy, WebMD only tells you what NOT to eat. Not what you SHOULD eat. Been there, done that---however it does give you a few links to where you can purchase organic tart cherry juice so it is not worthless.

    What are foods ok to eat for someone who has gout ?
    I have gout in my left big toe. Man it hurts like hell. Any suggestions on foods ok to eat or that would help.

    • ANSWER:
      .Low fat milk products, Cherry's/blueberry's,vegetables, things high in vitamin c. Too much red meat, pork, seafood, liver,beer, soda,or any high purine diet will trigger or complicate gout. Drink plenty of water.

    Foods you can eat when you suffer from Gout?
    My husband was recently diagnosed with Gout. Since he has to be placed on a diet with this problem, I have done some research online to find out what foods he can eat. However, the lists are usually vague and don't provide accurate info. I need to know from those that suffer from this, exactly what foods can and cannot be eaten.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing you can do for your husband is get him a uric acid test kit and monitor his serum uric acid level (SUA) closely. If you can't keep his SUA below 6 mg/dL (below 5 is better), then diet alone will not cure his gout.

      As a long time gout sufferer who tests his SUA frequently, I can advise the following about gout:

      Alcohol (especially beer): bad. Dehydration: bad. Lots of water: good. Red meat (especially organ meat): bad. Vegetables (even purine rich veg. such as spinach, beans and peas): good. Shellfish, shrimp: bad. High protein diet: bad. Healthy, whole grain and vegetable rich diet: good.

      Overweight, out of shape: bad. Normal/low body fat and regular exercise: good.

      Gout results from elevated uric acid caused by a metabolic problem. Diet and exercise can help, but unless his SUA is consistently below 6 mg/dL, his attacks will become more frequent and more severe. Track his SUA closely, and if it remains high despite your best efforts, hire a doctor to prescribe appropriate medication (usually allopurinol) to control it.

    What kind of foods to NOT eat if you have a gout?
    Hi, my dad has a gout on his foot... I'm concerned, and wondering if anyone can give me a list of what to eat and what NOT to eat if you have a gout. Help will be appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Blah Blah

      Causes of Gout
      Gout is caused by excessive accumulation of uric acid in the tissues. The underlying cause of uric acid accumulation is unknown, yet research has found that it can basically be attributed to metabolic or kidney problems. Increased production of uric acid may be the result of metabolic enzyme defects, certain types of chronic anemia, or other complex conditions. Dehydration and kidney disease can cause poor clearance of uric acid from the body.

      Proper diet, nutrition, and metabolic balance all play crucial roles in the prevention and treatment of this disease. The conception of gout as a condition of affluence is tenuous, but a heavy diet, particularly organ meats that increase amount of uric acid, and alcohol consumption, can hinder the removal of uric acid by the kidneys.

      Although most people initiate a gout attack through poor lifestyle choices (obesity, rich foods, alcohol), 10%-15% of gout patients have attacks due to a metabolic problem, such as a deficiency of enzymes (xanthine oxidase) and purine imbalances. Purines come from certain foods (meat products, especially liver and other organ meats, sausages and other processed meats, anchovies, crab, shrimp, milk, eggs, and many beans, including soy), but are also normally present, in the form of DNA and RNA in the cells. Purines are broken down into uric acid, which is then normally excreted through the urine.

      Medications, including aspirin and diuretics, can cause gout by putting extra stress on the kidneys; these drugs cause 25% of new gout cases. Kidney stones and other kidney problems are present in 90% of gout sufferers, because urate crystals also accumulate in the kidneys.

      Quick Action Plan for Gout

      1. The goal of diet for those with gout is to reduce the production of uric acid to normal levels. Cherries, and all rich colored berries, such as blueberries, are recommended. Consume half a pound of fresh or unsweetened frozen cherries per day for a period of three to six weeks as a healing protocol.

      2. Organic cherry juice is especially good for gout, as are many of the new "magic juices" such as Goji, Acai and Noni juice, puree or powder. Pomegranate fruit extracts have been shown to be effective as well.

      3. Eliminate alcohol consumption, which both increases uric acid production and reduces uric acid excretion in the kidneys. Gout sufferers should also maintain a low-purine diet, which completely omits organ meats, shellfish, yeast (brewer's and baker's), herring, sardines, mackerel, and anchovies.

      4. Intake of dried legumes, spinach, asparagus, fish, poultry, and mushrooms, should also be curtailed. Refined carbohydrates and saturated fats are best kept to a minimum.

      5. Drink plenty of pure water, because it keeps urine diluted and promotes the excretion of uric acid.

      6. Test for food and environmental allergies and avoid all foods and substances to which you are allergic.

      7. Cleansing and Detoxification, including colon and bowel cleansing therapies, fasting, kidney and gallbladder flushes, physical medicine, and homeopathic remedies.

      8. In clinical trials with gout patients, devil's claw was found to relieve joint pain, as well as reduce blood cholesterol and uric acid levels. For gout sufferers, professionals can recommend: 1-2 g of dried powdered devil's claw root three times a day; 4-5 ml of (1:5) tincture three times a day; or 400 mg of dry solid extract (3:1) three times a day.

      9. The following nutritional supplements are recommended: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; 1.8 g daily), vitamin E (400-800 IU daily), folic acid (under a doctor's supervision, 10-40 mg daily), and quercetin with bromelain (125-250 mg three times a day between meals).

      Herbal Aids

      The eliminative organs must be improved. Drink apple cider vinegar with honey and bathe the area in hot apple cider vinegar. To speed healing, take MCP pectin (one teaspoonful three times a day). Herbal teas work well to relieve pain. Tincture of lobelia with apple cider vinegar baths on the afflicted parts is very good. A good herb combination is equal parts of skullcap, valerian, and yarrow taken in tea form to assist in freeing the toxic waste from the tissues and to eliminate the waste through the various excretory organs.

      Best of health to you

    What are good foods to eat when you have the gout, and what are the bad?

    • ANSWER:
      Stay away from foods high in purines.

      Foods very high in purines include:


      Foods moderately high in purines include:


      I've been able to control my gout WITHOUT medications. I use 2 standard Capsules of Ground Celery Seed per day (with extras on days when I know I"ve eaten high sugar, or high protein - foods rich in purines.) You can also work with NONSweatened Cherry Juice to alleviate the symptoms of gout.

    What recommended foods to eat If you have GOUT?

    • ANSWER:
      CHERRIES - this is the most common reccommended food to prevent gout attacks. A 1950 study showed 1/2 lb of cherries (or the equivilant in cherry juice) greatly reduced/prevented gout attacks. Other good foods are; strawberries, blueberries and other red-blue berries, celery, banananas, tomatoes, seaweed, and green leafy vegetables.

      You need to avoid foods with purine because they will raise the uric levels in your body and worsen gout. Protein rich foods often have purine. Here's some foods to avoid; sweetbreads, anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken, dried beans and peas, liver and other organ meats, herring, scallops, red meat, and turkey. Other foods to avoid include; greasy foods, coffee, sugar and white-flour products, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, yeast products, spices, dried beans and peas.

      Check out this website for more info: http://www.puritan.com/vf/healthnotes/HN77/HN77_english/Concern/Gout.htm#Diet-Options

    what kind of food should eat to prevent gout arthritis?
    and foods that help gout arthritis to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      not sure whether the gout part makes any difference..but its a common thing that beekeepers dont get arthritis often because the venom in a bee sting has something in it that helps...that and glucose together with fish oil is good.

      Second to that I read a book a few years ago called Eat Right For your Type...I am an O blood type and in the book it told me that O blood types can not process highly starch enzymes...so things like potatoes and starchy things leave deposits in the body cos theyre not broken down properly...I get build ups in the joints in my hands and feet if I eat this kind of food...and i have to rub them heaps to get the pain out...Hope that helps..If you have a differnt blood type you can find that info online...its actually a fantastic book...I lost 10kgs before my wedding from following it and I completely got glandular fever out of my system which is said to be impossible

    My 29 year old male friend has gout. What are some foods he can eat, or ways to cure this?
    he drinks a lot of alcohol as well. Will it be a reoccurring illness if he doesn't stop?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not foods you should be eating but what you shouldn't

      Preventing/treating gout involves cutting down on alcohol (NONE) and red meat.

    What are the best foods to eat if you're having a gout attack?

    • ANSWER:

      Cheese souffles!

    What foods are okay and not okay to eat when you have gout?
    My dad may have a case of gout. Its not for sure yet, but just in case, we need to make sure he eats the right foods.

    So..yeah :P

    Oh and theres something else i'm kind of curious about. On the internet it says gout is formed on the big toe but my dad has been limping on his ankle for the last two days...

    • ANSWER:
      The main foods to minimize or avoid are alcoholic beverages and meat. There are, of course many other issues, so you can read about them on this trustworthy website:


      As for the joints affects, although the big toe is one of the most common joints affected, it is completely possible for any joint to be affected, including the ankle. I would also add that there are other acute joint diseases that can cause your dad's symptoms. I hope he gets a diagnosis soon!

    what foods can I eat to help my gout?
    What food should i eat more?
    what vegetables, fruits, nuts and etc can i eat?

    • ANSWER:

    dr diagnosed gout in foot,what are healthy foods to eat to help reduce uric acid?
    occassionally drink alcohol,small amount of seafood eaten

    • ANSWER:
      Cherries and Cherry Juice: Normally your body creates enzymes that remove purines from your body before they are converted into uric acid. A person with gout does not have enough of these enzymes in their bodies. Cherries have enzymes that are very similar to the ones our bodies should be making. There is a growing amount of medical research that shows that eating cherries or drinking cherry juice can lower the uric acid level in your body.

      Fruits: Eating fruit high in vitamin C can be helpful. Grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, strawberries and of course cherries are the best. Real sweet fruits such as grapes are not advised because high concentrations of sugar can raise your uric acid level. Star fruit is to be avoided because it can make gout worse.

      Celery: Celery and especially celery seeds have long been used to treat gout. Celery seeds are known to be a natural diuretic and are believed to help remove uric acid from the body. Many people use celery seeds and celery seed extract as their only treatment for their gout.

      Coffee: Believe it our not drinking coffee can lower your risk of a gout attack. A study published in June 2007 issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism followed 46,000 male medical professionals for over 12. The study found that those who drank at least 4 cups of coffee a day had a 40% less risk of gout and those who drank at least 6 cups had a 60% lower risk.


    what are the foods to eat that heals acute gout?

    • ANSWER:

    What are some of the best foods to eat,if you had an attack of GOUT?

    • ANSWER:
      fruits,vegetables, tons of water ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    What foods can I eat to avoid gout?

    • ANSWER:
      I was told that eating processed lunch meats and shmears like Pate or anything made with liver can exacerbate or even cause gout...

      I'm not sure what to eat to stop it... But avoiding most types of "Deli Foods" should help you not have the flair up's in the first place.

    good foods to eat when you have gout.?

    • ANSWER:
      The only dietary restrictions I know of are to avoid purine-rich foods such as anchovies, liver, sardines, kidneys and sweetbreads, lentils, mushrooms, asparagus, scallops and most wild game... and alcoholic bev.--esp. beer and wine as they dehydrate your body of water and this may increase your body's uric acid levels.
      When I spoke to a dietitian about diet she said ONCE a day its OK to have meat, fish, poultry, asparagus, mushrooms, cauliflower and spinach.
      But you should really check with your doc. for diet recommendations and make sure its ok for YOU to do this.

    best foods to eat if you have gout?

    • ANSWER:
      I suspect you mean what are the foods to avoid. Basically it is those rich in what are called purines. Heart, herring, mussels, yeast ,smelt, sardines and sweetbreads are all high. Anchovies, grouse, mutton, veal, bacon, liver,salmon, turkey, kidneys, partridge, trout, goose, haddock, pheasant and scallops are moderately high.

    What foods do I need to eat if I have gout in my big toe?
    I know what foods I need to avoid. What I really want to know is what I can eat in order to manage my pain. Be aware that I'm also a Type 1 Diabetic and so most cherry juices are out as they contain way too much sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I've battled gout for 15 years and I seem to have it under control for the past 3+ years.

      I'm not familiar with what to avoid as a diabetic, so you can toss out the items that you know are bad for you or that you should avoid.

      Here's what I recommend: sour dairy, which is cottage cheese, sour cream, plain yogurt. You can eat the plain yogurt in smoothies made with pineapple, frozen berries, banana and orange juice. Eat lots of fruit and veggies. Avoid high fructose corn syrup. Drink lots of water, 1 oz for every 2 lbs of body weight, each day.

      A glass of red wine is fine, but avoid anything that dehydrates the body. Avoid beer, coffee, etc.

      Take celery seed pills to help the body not create so much uric acid.

      Good luck to you!

    what foods to eat an d not eat if you have gout?
    list good foodsand bad foods

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of good information here: http://www.webmd.com/

    what foods are best to eat if you have gout,heartburn and high triglycerides?
    Hi I have gout so I need low purine food,that do not cause heartburn or raise triglycerides also I do eat fish but not meat and usually only eat fresh vegetables and fruit
    thanks David

    • ANSWER:
      cherries are good with gout, my mom eats them and hers is really almost gone. cooking with olive oil only can lower bad colesteral, drink milk when you have heartburn. also eat a lot of fruit and heartburn should stay away as well as lower triglycerides.

    gout cured by eating foods low in purines and without using medications, anyone?
    I was recently diagnosed with gout. My doctor mentioned using Allopurinol, but I would prefer to try eating low purines (veges, milk protiens, etc, no alcohol). first, and hopefully not use the medication I have done the research, and I know supposedly diet only controlds about 15% of uric acid , but has it helped anyone to the point that they did not need medication?
    thanks for your answers

    • ANSWER:

      Food certainly is a factor with gout. However, if you want to, you can reasearch alternative medicine fields such as homeopathy in order to get real help, quick. Some of the remedies you would need are Urtica Urens, Benzoic Acid, as well as several remedies for cleansing both the liver and the kidneys.

      My site


      is not specifically about gout but is about applying alternative medicine techniques to gynecological problems. Several of these techniques can be applied to gout too, for example, Reiki, Su Jok as well as herbal remedies.

      Don't be afraid to experiment with new healing techniques, they would't exist if they werent useful to people.

      You can search for something like

      homeopathic remedy gout

      and see what comes out.

      Wishing you all the best with your healing

      Sincerely, Dusko Savic

    Is it safe for you to eat food with some ingredient of monosodium glutamate?
    For me, I had a gout. when I eat food with some sort of MSG, it will Intense painfully. I need your suggestions of other alternative cure may be herbal.no medication or medicine. please.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe you feel very thirsty after a meal of high MSG content. MSG dehydrate your body. It makes your blood becomes thick and your body lose water. When the amount of water content in your body drops, the concentration of uric acid increased, and that increases the chance of urate crystals formation.

      I'm glad that you have realized how USELESS those gout drugs is. In order to cure your gout once and for all, you have to have a paradigm shift, forget whatever they talk about uric acid before this! They always blame the high purine content food that causes the gout attacks. Yes it is! But not a directly. It is the blockage of uric acid disposal channels that causes the problems. You must understand the root of gout before you look for any alternative treatment...

    Is Gout caused by eating food that's too nutritious?
    I eat a saucepan fool of vegetables, fruit (up to 14 big servings a day of fruit and veg), wholemeal bread and pasta or rice, nuts, olive oil, seeds, chicken, low fat cottage cheese, porridge etc every day and was wondering if I'm getting too may vitamins that could cause gout as someone told me it's caused by a rich diet.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Steve... well, in the list that you mention above, the pasta, nuts are not good. And there are some veggies and a few fruits that aren't good for gout.

      No, too many vitamins isn't the cause of gout. It's your body either not getting rid of uric acid, or creating too much uric acid, or both.

      Drink lots of water dude. Good luck to you!

    What"s best to eat to avoid the gout?
    What foods to eat and avoid?

    • ANSWER:
      avoid red meat eat lots of cherries

    What is the best way for an elderly person to control gout and still enjoy eating the foods he wants?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout was once thought to be due to drinking too much alcohol and eating too many rich foods. Although eating certain foods and drinking alcohol may trigger a rise in the level of uric acid in the body, these habits may not by themselves cause gout. Gout is most often caused by an overproduction of uric acid (due to metabolism problems) or decreased elimination of uric acid by the kidneys.

      Home Treatment
      Gout, an inflammatory joint disease causing acute pain and swelling, usually develops after a number of years of buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissue. If you have been diagnosed with gout, take steps to:
      Decrease the pain of an acute attack.
      Rest the affected joint until the attack eases and for 24 hours after the attack.
      Elevate painful joints.
      Apply a warm compress to the affected joints. If this doesn't help, try putting ice packs on affected joints.
      Relieve inflammation by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Do not take aspirin, which may abruptly change uric acid levels and may make symptoms worse.
      Prevent recurrences.
      Being overweight is a risk factor for gout. If you are overweight, a diet that is low in fat may help you lose weight. However, avoid fasting or very low-calorie diets. Very low-calorie diets increase the amount of uric acid produced by the body and may bring on a gout attack. For more information, see the topic Healthy Weight.
      Alcohol can reduce the release of uric acid by the kidneys into your urine, causing an increase of uric acid in your body. Beer, which is rich in purines, appears to be worse than some other beverages that contain alcohol.4
      Diets high in meat and seafood (high-purine foods) can raise uric acid levels.5
      Certain medications that are given for other conditions reduce the amount of uric acid eliminated by the kidneys. These include pills that reduce the amount of salt and water in the body (diuretics, or "water pills"), niacin, and regular use of low-dose aspirin. Talk to your health professional about other medications that are equally effective but safer to use for people with gout.
      Cold hands and feet can precipitate an attack of gout. Try to keep your hands and feet warm, and take extra care to cover your hands and feet during cold winter months.
      Modify your risk factors.
      Keep your weight within the normal range for your height.
      Follow a moderate exercise program.
      Avoid a diet rich in meat and seafood.5
      Have an evaluation for lead poisoning if you have been exposed to lead in your job or through hobbies.
      Continue to take any medications prescribed to you for gout. However, if you have not been taking medications that lower uric acid (such as probenecid or allopurinol) prior to the attack, do not begin taking it when the attack begins. These medications will not help relieve acute pain and may actually worsen it.

      Medication treatment for gout may be done in two separate stages.

      First, the pain, swelling, redness, and warmth (inflammation) during an attack of gout is treated until the symptoms have gone away.
      Second, after the inflammation has subsided (2 to 4 weeks), other medications may be used to reduce the uric acid level in the blood and reduce the frequency of future attacks.
      Medications to lower uric acid levels are not given until a gout attack is over. Starting these medications during a gout attack can cause movement of uric acid stored elsewhere in the body, which can make the gout attack worse.

      Long-term medication treatment depends on how high your uric acid levels are and how likely other gout attacks are. In general, the higher the uric acid levels and the more frequent the attacks, the more likely it is that long-term medication treatment will help.

      During a gout attack

      You may already be taking a medication to lower uric acid levels in the blood at the time of an attack. If so, you should continue taking your medication, even during an attack.

      If you have been prescribed a medication to lower uric acid levels (probenecid or allopurinol) and have not been taking the medication, it is more likely that another gout attack will occur. Do not start taking the medication during an attack. Medications that control the uric acid levels in your blood can also make the uric acids stored elsewhere in the body move into your bloodstream. Starting these medications while you are having a gout attack can make your attack much worse.

      Medication Choices
      Medication treatment for gout usually involves some combination of:

      Short-term treatment, using medications that relieve pain and reduce inflammation during an acute attack or prevent a recurrence of an acute attack. These medications may include:
      Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), except for aspirin, which should never be used to relieve pain during a gout attack. Aspirin may abruptly change uric acid levels in the blood and may make the attack worse.7
      Colchicine, which may also be used for long-term treatment.
      Corticosteroids, given in cases of gout that do not respond to NSAIDs or colchicine.
      ACTH, if you cannot tolerate other medications.
      Long-term treatment, using medications to lower uric acid levels in the blood, which can reduce the frequency and severity of gout attacks in the future. This may include:
      Uricosuric agents to increase elimination of uric acid by the kidneys.
      Allopurinol to decrease production of uric acid by the body.
      Colchicine, which is often prescribed to prevent flare-ups during the first months that you are taking uric acid-lowering medications.
      What To Think About
      Relief from symptoms in a gout attack often occurs within 24 hours if treatment is started immediately.
      During a gout attack, your health professional will prescribe a maximum daily dose of one or more medications used for short-term treatment to stop the attack quickly. Doses are then reduced as the symptoms go away.
      NSAIDs other than aspirin are used most often to treat a gout attack.
      Because all medications that lower uric acid levels in the blood have associated risks, an accurate diagnosis of gout is necessary before they are used.
      Aspirin should never be used to relieve pain during a gout attack because it slows the elimination of uric acid and can raise uric acid levels further.
      Gout attacks in older people can take longer to go away.
      Some people with gout have continuing problems because they do not take their prescribed medication. While most people will need treatment for the rest of their lives to keep their uric acid levels in their blood normal, they may feel perfectly healthy the majority of the time and wonder why they should continue taking their medication. If you stop taking your prescribed medication, nothing may happen at first, but after a while another gout attack is likely to occur. Without treatment, future attacks are likely to be more severe and occur more often.

      Research to develop new medications to treat the symptoms of gout is ongoing. Scientists also are studying which medications lower uric acid levels safely.

      Losartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension); it also lowers uric acid levels.8
      Fenofibrate is used to control certain fats in the blood (triglycerides and very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol); it may also increase elimination of uric acid by the kidneys.
      Pegylated urate oxidase may lower uric acid levels by changing uric acids into an absorbable molecule. This medication is currently being evaluated in the United States.

    how long does it take from eating a 'gout food' to getting an attack of gout?
    I seem to experience severe arthritis symptoms 3 hours after eating certain foods such as the nightshade family of vegetables, as well as others, but this may be an allergy. im waiting for tests.

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    food you can eat to avoid gout -NOT what you cant eat?
    There are some foods that can eliminate gout symptoms. what are they?

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      I have gout, here's a list of stuff that I eat.

      Sour cream, plain yogurt (in smoothies mixed with fruit), cottage cheese, potatoes, carrots, onions, pineapple, bananas, apples, oranges, kiwi, honey. 100% fruit juices, mostly V8 Fusion. Plus drink lots of water, 1oz for every 2 lbs of your body weight.

      Listen, staying away from certain foods is just as important as what you do eat. So avoid these as much as possible, ie. any item once every two or three days is ok: beer, red meat, chicken, organ meats, gravy. High fructose corn syrup is good to avoid also. Oh and sea salt is much better for the body than iodized processed salt.

      Another article I read talks about helping to make the body alkaline instead of acidic. This helps the body get rid of uric acid.

      Instead of peanuts, eat raisins.
      Instead of beer, drink wine.
      Instead of pasts, eat potatoes.
      Instead of soda (pop), drink fruit juice.
      Instead of meat, eat tofu (I just CAN'T do this one, I'm too much of a carnivore).

      Good luck to you!

    give me a list of foods not to eat when you have gout?

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      i just got gout 2 months ago....ouch!!! they said no processed foods, no sea food or alcohol. meds if it keeps coming back and worst case then they will give you surgery to remove crystals around the joint. i don't know about you but i have a knot on the side of my foot that will not go away. my job requires me to where steel toe boots and doing so is putting a blister on this knot!! good luck with yours.

    What do I need to change so that I stop getting the Gout? I don't drink alcohol or eat processed foods.?

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      drink lots of water to cleanse your system. click the link for more tips.

    what are a list of foods i can not eat when i have gout?
    i need to know

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    what type's of food not to eat with gout?

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    what food can you eat if you have gout?
    what food to eat what food to avoid

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      Diet is important. Here is a link that tells you which foods are high in purines.


      Here is a link that talks about foods that can help prevent a gout attack.



    my husband has gout.NOTHING help+he can eat basicly nothing without getting swollen feet,ankles or fingers?
    He will get windy with a tummy ache.The moment this happens we start to look at what kind of "wrong" food he ate.He can't eat any green vegetables, bread, cake, ANY cool drinks,fruits,wheat, meat,mince,fish,fried food,onions,tomatoes.What causes gout.Too much Protein? In lack of magnesium or phosphates? What other minerals can help.He drinks "Iberogast" liquid drops, Salm fish oil and Milk thistle.He had kidney stones, some 14 years ago. Is it possible that stress can trigger gout? Spastic colon? It is very painful and he drinks lots of water because it can get very hot-he is a farmer

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      Has he been to the doctor? My dad had disabling gout but with a cocktail of medications its completely gone. Gout is caused by buildup of uric acid crystals in joints. Medications that decrease the formation of uric acid can relieve symptoms. Basically he must see a doctor for this treatment.

    food you can and cant eat if you have gout?
    my grandpa has gout and we need to know foods he can and cant eat. what things should he avoid? what ingredients should we look out for? what can he eat? specifics would be nice. thank you.

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      Per the website: arthritis.about.com avoid these foods for gout:

      Foods very high in purines include:
      Foods moderately high in purines include:

      The website also recommends to limit alcohol use. My father has gout, he had to quit drinking his beer.

      Try to make him eat less meat and fish, avoid alot of fat. Eating more grains, fruit & vegetables are recommended and will help him feel full with less calories. Drinking alot of water or other drinks is also recommended.

      I myself have arthitis. I noticed it when I was in my twenties. There's alot of older people that drink the cherry juice to help with arthritis (not specifically gout). Green beans also help, but these people prefer to buy the bottle of cherry juice.

      I know from personal experience that drinking or eating anything bitter or acidic worsens the joint arthritis for me.. Things like coffee, tea, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes and vinegar are hard on your joints. The website actually recommended coffee, tea and tomatoes to eat for people with gout. But gout is more of the swelling of the tissues and joint rather than the deterioration of the joint itself.

      All fruits and vegetables are good for body maintence and fighting diseases. I realize if your grandpa doesn't like vegetables it might be easier said than done to get him to eat his veggies or fruit.

      Hope this helps.

    I'm 44years male I start having joints pain since couple of months ago does it meant that I've a gout?
    If I have gout what short fo gout I have?
    And what food Ican eat nd not to eat.
    what is the best midicine to cure gout?

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      I don't think you have gout, I am betting your doctor will say you have the beginning of arthritis and prescribe tablets which you will have to stay on for life. The symptoms of arthritis are caused by muscular stress, often unrecognised, taking place while asleep at night, and affecting your muscles and joints.
      The answer, relax before bed, no violent TV etc., make a list for the next day, go early and get up early. We look for the cause at http://www.friendswithcancer.com.au that's the way to good health.

    hi i need to know what foods i can eat please from phoebe?
    hi my mum has really bad gout and dont know what foods he can eat so i hope some one can help me please

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      she needs to stay away from red meat...any thing with acid...tomatoes...citrus juices...and of course all soda's...shouldnt have caffeine either..no coffee ortea unless decaf...it sucks but it really does help!...chicken and fish are good...and veggies.....no alcohol either..although i do cheat from time to time...and tell your mom to ask her dr about colchicine.....its a one time medication that if you take it and follow the rules you shouldnt have anymore problems...causes a bit of diarrhea though...sorry!!!...just to add on...yes cherry juice and cherries help...but theres no medical proof that they cure gout...none!! i have suffered with this for years and this is what has helped me and was prescribed for me by a dietician..i see bogus answers below by people who went to wikipedia...just have your mom ask a dietician..before these people have her sicker than she already is!!!!!

    How to cure the symptoms of Gout? Anyone?
    My paps has gout in his left foot and no matter what he takes the swelling has been progressing for the last 4 days steadily and the pain too. He avoids all gout foods and has not eaten anything special lately. He is in his mid 50's.

    So far he has taken alka seltzer and today for the first time he took 2 Tylenol.

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      see an upper cervical specific chiropractor.

    i have gout, what kind of food should i eat to lower my uric acid and what food sould i avoid?

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    what food can i eat to help me get rid of gout?
    are there thing you can add to your diet to control your attack of gout

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      Gout is not a matter of what you eat to cure it. It's a matter of what you avoid eating which brings it on. That's meat, seafood, foods high in fat, and alcohol, beer in particular.

      Gout is a form of arthritis caused by the formation or purine crystals in the joints, most often the toes. It's extremely painful (like I need to tell you that). Untreated, it can cause permanent damage. Eating way less purine-containing foods during a gout attack may shorten its duration:
      * Organ meats, such as liver, kidneys, sweetbreads, and brains.
      * Meats, including bacon, beef, pork, and lamb.
      * Game meats.
      * Any other meats in large amounts.
      * Anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel, and scallops.
      * Gravy.
      * Beer.

    Can any one tell me how you can control gout attacks from eating what type of food or what to stay away from?
    what type of food causes you to have a gout attack?

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      Red meat, especially liver. fish like sardines, and beer are the biggest causes of a gout attack. Anything high in protien can trigger an attack.
      Eating lots of Strawberries and Cherries will help to keep the symptoms from coming back. Also, drink plenty of water...dehydration will trigger an attack too!

    What types of foods do diabetics eat?
    I know they stay away from breads and cereals like pasta, and other types of starchy foods. See I had my blood sugar checked yesterday and it was 71, which was good. However, a lot of people in our family have diabetes. I'm 31 years old and I get it constantly checked all the time (my blood for diabetes). Anyway, I know for a fact that too much meat produces gout which my great uncle has in his knees. Honestly, if too much meat is bad for you, breads and cereals are bad for diabetics, then what am I honestly supposed to eat? Fruits and Vegetables only mostly?

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      Its about balance and moderation. You do not necessarily need to cut out certain foods all together, as long as you can eat them in moderation and balance your carbs, fats and proteins. You should get to know the nutritional value of most foods, and understand the carb exchange.

      Meat is a good source of protein and shouldn't be harmful unless you are eating an entire T-bone 4 days a week. A good meal could consist of a serving of chicken or beef, side of veggies, and 1 cup of potatoes and salad. See, you get all your food groups in one meal.

      Eating fruits constantly can work against you because they are packed with sugar that will just spike your levels. Again, its about balance and moderation.

      Fruits and protein are a great combination. Also you can incorporate healthy meats like chicken and turkey meat. Turkey meat has substantially less fat, but just as much protein. You can buy ground turkey meat, or turkey burgers and switch it up with regular beef. Just an example.

      Im a diabetic and I can still enjoy pasta (in moderation). I add ground turkey meat for a healthy helping of protein, and eat about 2 cups. Now because there is lots of meat in the meal, only about 1 cup is actually pasta so I am within my limits. Also the combination of pasta and protein have less of an impact on my sugars than just eating pasta alone. Another example of balance and moderation.

      It can be as simple as using common sense when ordering or preparing dinner. Instead of adding two sides of carbs like potatoes, and bread, just go with a moderate amount of taters, and a second side of veggies, salad or cole slaw.

      If you are serious about it, you can talk to your Dr about an acceptable allotment of carbs per day. Once you have that magic number, you can know your limits or better moderate your carbs and have a range to stay within.

      If your levels are reading 71 you are in great shape. You probably don't need to be on a strict diet. Just keep in mind your servings of carbs and don't go downing a tall mocha latte or jamba juice on a regular basis.

    is it bad to eat oatmeal if you have gout?
    i have gout and cant walk for a while,and friends told me that i should oatmeal and avoid food with high purines.and even though i 'only' eat oatmeal,it took me 2 months to walk again.pls help.thanks.

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      Your friends don't know what gout is.

      Diets which are high in purines and high in protein have long been suspected of causing an increased risk of gout (a type of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the body which form crystals in the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation).

      Having a well planned gout diet is important if you are suffering from gout. Gout is a form of rheumatic arthritis that results from the accumulation of excess uric acid in your joints. The big toe is often the first target of gout, but it can easily spread to the small joints in your toes, instep, and fingers, and the ankles, knees, elbows and wrists. You suffer sudden, excruciating pain from acute attacks of gout; the joint will swell, redden, and feel rather warm.

      There are hereditary influences in development of gout, but there are things you can do to minimise the frequency of attacks. Physical exercise and reduced alcohol consumption will do a lot towards preventing gout, and so will a good healthy diet.

      High uric acid levels associated with gout derive largely from foods rich in protein and purine, which produce uric acid as a waste product when broken down. Reducing such foods will mean less material for uric acid formation. You should adjust your dietary patterns to achieve the following:

      1. Less consumption of meat products that have high purine content, such as beef, pork and lamb, as do organs like liver, kidney, and brain, along with gravy enriched with meat extracts.
      2. Reduction (if not total elimination) of alcoholic beverages, especially beer.
      3. Reduction of mushrooms, legume foods like peas, beans and lentil, and vegetables such as cauliflower, spinach and asparagus.
      4. Avoidance of seafood that contribute to high uric acid levels like cod, anchovies, herrings and sardines, haddock, and fish eggs; also minimised consumption of mussels and scallops.

      If possible, target to have protein comprising less than half of your diet to achieve more balance. Protein is a necessary element in your body, but taking more than what’s necessary will upset your body’s nutrient balance.

      There are beneficial foods that help you lessen the discomfort and pain of an acute gout attack. Increase your consumption of fresh vegetables, either raw or lightly steamed; you can also mix them in soups or make them into juice. However, limit potatoes and corn to only once or twice a week.

      Half a kilo (one pound) of wild or black cherries, eaten as fresh fruit or drunk as juice, will help you get over a gout attack. The cherries contain anthocyanocids that dramatically reduces uric acid. Do not use commercially prepared juices as they no longer have anthocyanocids.

      While genetics can sometimes predispose your body towards developing gout, you can play an important part in reducing the chances of getting it by making appropriate lifestyle adjustments.
      Gout Treatment

      For a permanent cure, one product that is highly recommended by hundreds of health practitioners and clinics is Uricinex. Marketed by MicroNutra.com, Uricinex is an all natural supplement that stops gout pain within 72 hours for 94% of gout sufferers in clinical tests.

      For more comprehensive Gout information and Gout recipes, read Cure Gout Now - an easy to follow, comprehensively researched eBook by Lisa McDowell that shows you how to change your diet and gain control of your gout wth useful strategies that have been proven to improve health for people with gout.

      You need to eat a BALANCED diet, not 'just oatmeal'!

    Gout patient need your help?
    Hi there,

    Can someone suggest fruits and foods that gout patient should eat more to reduce their uric acid?

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      The following fruits can help prevent and even cure your gout - because of their particular vitamin, nutrient, and antioxidant properties. In fact, studies have demonstrated that a deficiency in vitamins such as A, B5, and E are serious factors that can lead to the formation and advancement of gout symptoms.

      In this remedy, pay careful attention to the types of fruits and vegetables suggested. Then, don’t hesitate—get out there and start eating them right away. Many of these fruits and vegetables play an important role in neutralizing the uric acid in your blood. Your good health is just a handful of grapes, cherries, and blueberries away!

      The list of winning fruits and vegetables includes:

      • cherries (and cherry juice)
      • celery (and celery juice)
      • strawberries
      • avocados
      • blueberries
      • grapes

      For decades, cherries have been thought to help control and limit the symptoms of gout. In 1950, Dr. Ludwig Blau is said to have cured his gout by simply eating 6-8 cherries a day. More contemporary research has shown that cherries contain anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties and work in much the same way as NSAIDs (mordern Gout Medicines). Additional research has shown cherries to quickly lower the uric acid level.

      Researchers suggest a diet of 20 cherries a day is the equivalent of taking an NSAID. If you are experiencing a gout attack, experts suggest eating between 30 and 40 cherries every 4 hours will help quell the symptoms and pain.

      Other Berrys that are good include
      • Strawberries
      Because of their ability to efficiently neutralize uric acid, strawberries can create immediate relief from your symptoms. Suggested serving size: 1 cup during an attack

      • Blueberries
      Similar to cherries, blueberries have high levels of anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties. Suggested serving size: ½ cup to 1 cup during attack

      • Grapes
      Because they are high in alkalines, grapes actually lessen the acidity of uric acid. In addition, grapes can help the body rid itself of the uric acid as well. Suggested serving size: 1 cup during an attack

      Note: While some fruits and vegetables can have a beneficial impact on your gout symptoms, others can have a drastically negative effect. Specifically, because they have a high acid content and can exacerbate your gout symptoms, you should avoid the following:

      • Cranberries
      • Oranges
      • Pineapples
      • Tomatoes
      • Many other fruits (and fruit juices) also have high acidity, so be sure to check before buying.

      Two more points ... if you want to learn more about natural therapy please visit the following website lots of infomation about Gout as well : http://www.artcademy.biz

      Lastly, I have a report about how Gout is co-related to sleep apnea and how it can be cured. Dont know how to load it here but if you want the file email me at dominic.teo@bacarra.biz with the subject Gout - Sleep Apnea

    Please need advice! If I have "Gout" and I love to eat meat and drink on occations?
    should I drink alot of cherry juice or eat cherries before I get ready to eat meat or drink beer? It's just not fair that I love my burgers, asada, and fried foods and I have to stay away from them..=(
    What type of alcohol can I have that wont effect it so bad as well?
    Can Gout be cured?

    Any help pleeeeease Thx:)

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      http://www.cureyourgout.com/gout.html hope that helps