What foods should you avoid if you have gout?

What to Eat (and What to Skip) If You’ve Got Gout

Gout has been making headlines lately, and the news isn’t so good: Experts have noted that this painful form of arthritis is making a comeback, and even young people are susceptible. Here’s a quick primer on the condition, plus a gout-friendly diet that can help prevent its agonizing flare-ups.

What causes gout?

In a nutshell, gout pain is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. When the body cannot remove the excess acid efficiently, crystals form, and collect in and around joints. This build-up leads to sudden pain and swelling, often in the big toe—but heels, ankles, wrists, knees, elbows, and fingers can also be affected. The pain typically comes on at night; it’s more severe during the first 12 hours, but can last up to 10 days.

Your genes may make you more prone to gout, but certain foods are known to increase your risk: These include sugary drinks and sweets (especially those high in fructose), refined carbs (such as bread and pasta), and foods high in chemical compounds called purines. When purines are digested, uric acid is created as a waste product.

Purine-rich foods include red meat, organ meats, game meats (like veal and venison), some types of seafood (including shellfish, tuna, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, and trout), and alcohol, specifically beer and liquor. (Fortunately, high-purine plant foods do not trigger gout attacks, so there is no need to avoid spinach, beans, lentils, broccoli, and the like.)

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Foods that are good for gout

In addition to avoiding common triggers, reaching for certain foods may also help ward off gout attacks:

Cherries: The fruit’s anti-inflammatory compounds may provide a protective effect. In one study, which tracked over 600 people with gout, cherry consumption over a two day period was associated with a 35% lower risk of gout attacks.

Dairy: Milk proteins have been shown to decrease blood levels of uric acid. So if you’re a dairy lover, go ahead and enjoy your grass-fed yogurt and milk.

Coffee: Good news for java fans. A review of nine studies found that in both men and women, coffee can significantly lower uric acid levels. And drinking one cup per day or more was tied to a reduced gout risk.

Water: Staying well-hydrated is an important tactic for preventing gout because water is needed to help the kidneys flush out waste products, including excess uric acid. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 64 ounces of water, spread out throughout the day.

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The best gout diet

You’ve probably heard of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. It’s an eating pattern designed to help people reduce their blood pressure—but it appears to be good for gout too. Largely based on the Mediterranean diet, it emphasizes produce, whole grains, beans, nuts, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats, while limiting animal protein and sweets. A large, 26-year study published in the British Medical Journal found that men who followed the DASH diet had a lower risk of developing gout.

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Finally, shedding a few pounds healthfully can help prevent gout. Insulin resistance is commonly associated with being overweight, and it causes uric acid levels to increase. However, its important to note that quick weight loss may actually trigger a gout attack, so focus on a lifestyle approach that allows for gradual, sustainable weight loss.

The principles of the DASH plan—eating more beans instead of meat; snacking on fruit and nuts over sweets or processed foods; replacing refined starches with whole grains; consuming plenty of veggies; and making water your beverage of choice—may be all you need to slim down and simultaneously slash your gout risk.

Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, is Health’s contributing nutrition editor, a New York Times best-selling author, and a consultant for the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets.

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Diet for gout

Certain foods and drinks are better than others for controlling gout.

Foods and drinks to avoid when you have gout

Alcohol is a trigger for gout attacks. When you drink, your kidneys work to filter out alcohol instead of uric acid, leaving uric acid to build up in your body. Beer is especially bad for gout because it has purines.
Sugary drinks (like soda), sugary foods, and foods with high fructose corn syrup should be limited because of their connection to gout. There is less evidence about why these foods and drinks increase the risk of gout, but some connection has been found.
Foods that are high in purines should be completely avoided since they contribute to creating uric acid in your body. These include:

  • Anchovies
  • Asparagus
  • Animal organs (brains, sweetbreads, kidneys)
  • Dried beans and peas
  • Gravy
  • Herring
  • Liver
  • Mackerel
  • Mushrooms
  • Mussels
  • Sardines
  • Scallops

Content courtesy of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/gout#tab-living-with

Foods and drinks that may be good for gout


Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is important if you have gout. Aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Drinking water can help keep uric acid from building up and help release it from your body. If you have fluid restrictions because of kidney disease, talk to your doctor or dietitian about managing your fluid and gout

Cherries and foods with vitamin C

Some foods like cherries and fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C have been shown to lower the level of uric acid in your blood, which can have a positive effect on gout. Some examples of foods high in vitamin C are:

  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Bell peppers
  • Pineapples

There is mixed evidence about whether cherries, and foods with high vitamin C can help prevent gout. Eating these foods will not treat gout the way that medicines can. In some cases, they may help improve your condition in some way.

Gout Diet and Eating to Help Prevent Gout

Certain foods may trigger gout attacks, and some people claim cherry juice might help.

Vitamin C, broccoli, and cherry juice are touted — but not proven — to help gout. ; Getty Images (2)

Gout causes swelling and inflammation in the joints. It’s a painful form of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body.

A Look at How You Get Gout

Uric acid is a normal waste product in the blood that comes from the breakdown of certain foods. It’s processed in the kidneys before being eliminated from the body in urine.

Excess Body Weight and Gout

Being overweight is associated with higher-than-normal uric acid levels. Since this is a major risk factor for gout, losing weight is often the goal of a gout diet.

Dieting and Weight Loss to Prevent Gout

Losing weight may help lower your uric acid levels and reduce your risk of future gout attacks. A 2017 review of studies in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (1) suggested that a weight loss of about eight pounds or more led to long-term reductions in uric acid levels and gout attacks in overweight or obese people.

An Overview of Dietary Approaches to Manage and Prevent Gout

The main principles of a gout diet are usually the same as those of any healthy, balanced diet.

They include:

  • If you’re overweight, reduce the number of calories you consume.
  • Choose unrefined carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Limit your intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and foods.
  • Limit your intake of organ meats (such as kidney, liver, or sweetbreads).
  • Cut back on saturated fats.

Dietary Causes of Gout and Gouty Arthritis

Some people with gout find it helpful to eliminate specific high-purine foods from their diet. (2) Certain high-purine foods may trigger gout attacks in some people.

Most people with gout will still need medication even if they follow a diet for gout.

Dietary changes alone can lower your uric acid levels by up to 15 percent, according to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (2), an independent scientific institute that evaluates the benefits and harms of medical interventions.

It’s not necessary to avoid all high-purine foods if you have gout. Studies have shown that purine-rich vegetables don’t trigger gout. (3) And certain high-purine foods can be a good source of lean protein to incorporate into your diet.

Purine-rich vegetarian foods to include in your diet are:

  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Oats
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli

Foods to Avoid to Control or Prevent Gout

The following foods may trigger gout attacks in some people:

  • Red meat
  • Organ meats
  • Certain types of seafood (anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel, scallops)
  • Products containing high-fructose corn syrup

Drinks that can trigger gout include:

  • Alcoholic beverages, especially beer, whiskey, gin, vodka, or rum
  • Sugary drinks, including sodas, juices, energy drinks
  • Coffee and other caffeinated beverages. While some studies show that caffeine can actually protect against gout pain, others find that sudden spikes in caffeine intake can trigger a gout attack.

Dietary Supplements for Gout Management and Prevention

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or vitamins you take or may want to take. Supplements and other remedies may interfere with medication.

Vitamin C supplements (up to 500 mg daily) are sometimes recommended for people with gout. (4)

One study (5) found that taking 500 mg of vitamin C per day had a mild uric-acid–lowering effect. Yet it’s not clear whether vitamin C helps relieve gout symptoms.

A 2013 study in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism (6) showed that supplementing with 500 mg of vitamin C for eight weeks did not significantly lower uric acid levels in patients with gout.

Cherry Juice for Gout Management?

Cherries and cherry juice are a popular folk remedy for gout, but the scientific evidence to support their supposed benefits is still coming in.

In 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to several cherry product manufacturers for overselling the health benefits of their products in advertisements. (7)

Nonetheless, there’s reason to believe that cherries may help fight gout. They contain chemical compounds called anthocyanins, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation. (8)

Cherries may also have a beneficial effect on uric acid levels.

One large study of people with recurrent gout found that eating cherries was associated with a lower risk of gout attacks, especially when cherry consumption was combined with taking a common uric acid–lowering drug. (9)

Despite these findings, experts say that more research is needed before any definitive recommendations can be made about cherries or cherry juice for gout.

Gout Cookbooks and Gout-Friendly Eating Plans

  • Martin K. The Gout Diet and Cookbook: An Introduction to Low Purine Foods and Meals for People With Gout. 2016.
  • Preston C. The Anti-inflammatory Gout Diet. 2015.
  • Shah M. Gout Cookbook: 85 Healthy Homemade and Low Purine Recipes for People With Gout (A Complete Gout Diet Guide and Cookbook). 2016.

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Purine content in fish varies depending on the type and processing. Japanese researchers measured purine content in fish and seafood common in their diet. Depending on the purine level in 100g of edible portion of the food, and risk of gout, they classified them into six classes.

  1. Very low purine sources, <50mg: In this class are roes (eggs) of salmon and herring.
  2. Low purine sources, 50 – 100mg: Fish with this low purine level include Japanese eel, monkfish, red king crab, botan shrimp, squid organs and caviar.
  3. Moderate purine sources, 100 – 200mg: Common fish and seafood in this category include salmon, tuna, bastard halibut, mackerel, rainbouw trout, seabass, spiny lobster, herring, kuruma shrimp, octupus, oyster.
  4. High purine sources, 200 – 300mg: Of the common fish with high purine content is sardine. Other examples are oriental shrimp, krill, half-dried mackerel.
  5. Very high purine sources, >300mg: This level of purine in the fish and seafood is mostly as a result of drying, which increases the concentration of purines. This class of products need to be avoided or their consumption reduced. Examples are dried sardine, anchovies, and sakura shrimp.

An extended list of fish and seafood, including organs, with their purine content is presented below. The uric acid content is what the corresponding purine amount in the food would convert to in the body.

Purine in Fresh and Processed Fish

Table 1: Total purines and uric acid content in fresh and processed fish.

Fish type Total Purines (mg/100g) Total Uric acid (mg/100g) Category
Fresh fish
Bastard halibut 133.4 163.1 moderate
Bonito 211.4 258.9 high
Carp 103.2 126.1 moderate
Chub mackerel 122.1 149.6 moderate
Fat greenling 129.1 158.0 moderate
Flying fish 154.6 188.3 moderate
Gnome fish, meat 150.8 184.4 moderate
Gnome fish, skin 382.3 435.5 very high
Herring 139.6 169.8 moderate
Jack mackerel 165.3 198.4 moderate
Japanese amberjack 120.8 147.9 moderate
Japanese eel 92.1 110.9 low
Japanese seabass 119.5 146.2 moderate
Mebaru 124.2 151.3 moderate
Monkfish, meat 70.0 84.2 low
Monkfish, liver, raw 104.3 121.8 moderate
Monkfish, liver, steamed 399.2 468.2 very high
Pacific saury 154.9 184.9 moderate
Raibow trout 180.9 216.8 moderate
Red seabream 128.9 158.0 moderate
Sablefish, meat 123.3 151.1 moderate
Sablefish, skin 66.9 80.8 low
Sailfin sandfish 98.5 117.7 low
Salmon 119.3 146.2 moderate
Sardine 210.4 247.1 high
Silllaginidae 143.9 176.5 moderate
Spanish mackerel 139.3 171.5 moderate
Striped pigfish 149.3 183.2 moderate
Tilefish 119.4 146.2 moderate
Tuna 157.4 193.3 moderate
Dried fish, canned fish, processed fish
Jack mackerel, half-dried 245.8 289.1 high
Pacific saury, half-dried 208.8 245.4 high
Sardine, half-dried 305.7 358.1 very high
Anchovy, dried 1108.6 1314.2 very high
Bonito, dried (katsuaobushi) 493.3 600.1 very high
Baby sardines, dried 746.1 879.2 very high
Whitebait, dried 471.5 554.0 very high
Salmon, canned 132.9 159.7 moderate
Tuna, canned 116.9 142.9 moderate
Fish ball 67.6 80.7 low
Fish sausage 22.6 26.9 very low

Next page has total purines and uric acid content in fish roe, fish milt, and seafoods.

So you have gout? There are a couple of things you need to think about when you are diagnosed with gout. They are:

  • The things should avoid eating
  • the things that you should be eating

It seems that doctors are more in the habit of worrying about what you should be eating rather than trying to make changes to your diet.

What to avoid

The most common foods that will appear on your avoid list will be red meat, pork, some seafood and organ meats.

These foods can be checked out online. Some cuts of meat should be avoided but there are some that are high in protein and can be considered safe. You will also have personal likes and dislikes.

It’s all about Purine

Purine can be found in all proteins whether they are animal or vegetable. What you are looking for is the amount of purine in each of these foods because the purine is turned into uric acid and it is this that causes flare ups in gout.

The general consensus of opinion amongst scientists is that the protein in vegetable should not be a problem, but purine is purine, so use caution.

These Are Considered the Best Fruits for Gout

1. Tart Cherries

Your uric acid count can be surprisingly affected by various fruits. One of the best fruits for gout is tart cherries. Doctors will even suggest that while having an attack you should drink several glasses of the tart cherry juice.

There is quite a lot of vitamin C and fiber contained in cherries. Vitamin C certainly helps reduce uric acid levels quite considerably and also controls inflammation of swollen joints.

Studies have shown that vitamin C consistently taken will reduce uric acid levels by up to 50%.

2. Strawberries

The healing effects and the power of strawberries were discovered by Linnaeus, the father of botany. It was during one of his gout attacks that his wife suggested he eat a few of these berries.

He wasn’t keen on the idea but decided that it wouldn’t hurt. After eating them he discovered that his wife’s suggestion was correct and after that, if he suffered a gout attack, he would then eat the tasty strawberries.

A Warning – remember that fruits and fruit juices are high in sugar and can possibly have a deleterious effect on your blood sugar levels.

3. Pineapple

The pineapple is the only fruit that contains bromelain as well as vitamin C. It has already been discovered that the breakdown of uric acid is something that bromelain is able to do, which means helping to reduce the pain from gout.

4. Apple

You can keep both the doctor away and the gout away by eating an apple a day. Apples are considered to be one of the best fruits for gout but in reality, it’s the cider vinegar that does the trick.

You just mix some apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of honey and add some water and stir. Just sip this solution throughout the day and you will effectively treat gout.

5. Lemon

Lemon juice is very effective in treating gout. It’s rich in vitamin C and is able to dissolve uric acid deposits which are the cause of gout.

6. Grapes

If you want to eliminate toxicity in uric acid then consuming lots of grapes will help. By more grapes, we are not suggesting that you consume them in their wine form. 😊

7. Bananas

By eating a banana day they are able to react with the monosodium urate and help to dissolve crystals of uric acid and expel them from the system.

8. Pomegranates

Pomegranates started their life in ancient Persia and are one of the oldest fruits that have been cultivated. Even back in those days, pomegranates were recognized for their health benefits.

The name given to it by the Romans – pomegranate – literally means ‘seed apple’ in Latin. The Romans were responsible for planting these sturdy seedlings right throughout their empire.

As romantic and as historical as that story may be, the health benefits of pomegranates have a practical value. While not as popular, nutritionally speaking, pomegranates are as good as, if not better, than more familiar fruits.

With a low sugar and no fat content, their health benefits, along with its powerful antioxidant properties work towards reducing uric acid in the bloodstream and that is the main cause of gout.

9. Kiwi Fruit

With more people looking out for ways of living and supplementing their diets, they need to be aware of the great benefits of kiwi fruit. The focus on our health is always being highlighted as so important today.

Vitamin C and minerals that our body needs on a daily basis, are nearly all packed into the kiwi fruit. So, it is not only gout that you can eat kiwi fruit for, but this super fruit benefits nearly every part of your body.

10. Mango

You might tempted to pass by the mangoes that are sitting in the fruit section of your supermarket, but these exotic fruits are very healthy. They are native to southern and South East Asia.

Vitamin A and C are present in a mango, but it also has vitamin K and potassium. Add to this the antioxidants and carotenes in mangoes and you can understand why it is able to keep gout at bay.

11. Coconut

Did you know that coconut is a natural water filter and a superfood that is filled with more electrolytes than most other sources found in nature?

There were some gout sufferers in Asia who used coconut oil and gained almost immediate relief from the pain of gout and the swelling.

You just need to take 1 tablespoon three times daily after meals and the benefits of the coconut will help you fight illness, obesity and gout.

12. Avocado

The avocado is another super fruit that is high in nutritional value.

Some say that you can keep the doctor away by eating an avocado rather than an apple. The avocado has been tested and contains 300 nutrient packed calories as well as the vitamins C K, D, C, E and B.

And don’t forget it has both primary and trace minerals. The fact is, that avocado has more potassium than a banana and it’s potassium that helps to remove uric acid from the body.

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Diet is the most important & effective way to manage the disease

Gout is a kind of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. Uric acid is a breakdown product of purines that are part of many foods we eat.

An abnormality in handling uric acid and crystallization of these compounds in joints can cause attacks of painful arthritis, kidney stones, and blockage of the kidney filtering tubules with uric acid crystals, leading to kidney failure.

Gout has the unique distinction of being one of the most frequently recorded medical illnesses throughout history. According to global statistics, one in four people with gout has a family history. Men are more likely to suffer from gout than women, while postmenopausal women are more likely to develop gout. A gout diet may help decrease uric acid levels in the blood.

While a gout diet is not a cure, it may lower the risk of recurring painful gout attacks and slow the progression of joint damage. How does gout develop? Uric acid is normally cleaned out of the blood by the kidneys and passes out of the body along with urine. However, high levels of uric acid can accumulate in the body, either when the kidneys excrete too little uric acid or when the body produces too much uric acid.

This condition is known as hyperuricemia, according to the NIH. The high concentration of uric acid in the blood will eventually convert the acid into urate crystals, which can then accumulate around the joints and soft tissues. Deposits of the needle-like urate crystals are responsible for the inflammation and the painful symptoms of gout.

You’re more likely to develop gout if you have high levels of uric acid in your body. Factors that increase the uric acid level in your body include eating a diet that’s high in meat and seafood and high in beverages sweetened with fruit sugar (fructose) promotes higher levels of uric acid, which increases your risk of gout. Alcohol consumption, especially of beer, also increases the risk of gout. If you are overweight, your body produces more uric acid and your kidneys have a more difficult time eliminating uric acid, which greatly increases your risk of gout. Certain diseases and conditions make it more likely that you’ll develop gout.

These include untreated high blood pressure and chronic conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart and kidney diseases. If other members of your family have had gout, you’re more likely to develop the disease.

Gout occurs more often in men, primarily because women tend to have lower uric acid levels.

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The signs and symptoms of gout almost always occur suddenly – often at night – and without warning. They include:

  • Intense joint pain: Gout usually affects the large joint of your big toe, but it can occur in your feet, ankles, knees, hands, and wrists. The pain is likely to be most severe within the first four to 12 hours after it begins.
  • Lingering discomfort: After the most severe pain subsides, some joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks. Later attacks are likely to last longer and affect more joints.
  • Inflammation and redness: The affected joint or joints become swollen, tender, warm and red.
  • Limited range of motion: Decreased joint mobility may occur as gout progresses.

Gout and hypertension

Gout is a very common form of arthritis. It is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is produced as a byproduct of the body breaking down chemicals called purines which are found in food. It can crystallize and form painful deposits in the joints, usually the big toe. Occasionally, gout is associated with other conditions such as high blood pressure, also called hypertension.

There are two reasons for this:

  • Certain medications for high blood pressure are diuretics. Diuretics increase the body’s water and sodium excretion. This allows the blood vessel walls to relax, alleviating high blood pressure. However, this can also cause an increase in the blood uric acid concentration.
  • High blood pressure, if left untreated, is a risk factor for developing gout.

Usually, medications for high blood pressure will not cause gout, but they can exacerbate an existing gout condition.

Tips for avoiding gout and alleviating high blood pressure:

  • Lose weight: Many studies have shown that being overweight is very detrimental to your health. Excess weight exacerbates gout and high blood pressure. Talk to your health practitioner about designing a safe and effective weight loss program.
  • Stop drinking alcohol: Alcohol, especially beer and wine, is high in purines, acts as a diuretic, and interferes with the body’s ability to excrete uric acid.
  • Avoid foods high in purines: Red meats, organ meats, legumes, and shellfish are high in purines.
  • Talk to your health practitioner about switching your medications for high blood pressure if they might cause gout.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. Dehydration allows a higher blood uric acid concentration.
  • Follow a low-sodium diet: High levels of sodium contribute to high blood pressure.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking also contributes to high blood pressure.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Avoid purine rich foods, and make sure to get plenty of fruits and vegetables. Avoid foods high in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
  • Take a multivitamin: Research shows that certain nutrients like potassium can help reduce blood pressure, and a restricted diet can leave out certain nutrients.
  • Be sure to talk to your health practitioner to design a program for managing your hypertension and preventing gout. Do not stop taking any prescription medications without first consulting your health practitioner.

High uric acid level

A high uric acid level, or hyperuricemia, is an excess of uric acid in your blood. Normal uric acid levels are less than 6.0 mg/dL (female) and less than 7.0 mg/dL (male). The patient’s lifelong nutrition contributes significantly to high uric acid levels in the blood; hence, the diet is the most important way to reduce the severe pain episodes that occur to patients with gout.

Most of the time, a high uric acid level occurs when your kidneys don’t eliminate uric acid efficiently. Things that may cause this slow-down in the removal of uric acid include rich foods, being overweight, having diabetes, taking certain diuretics (sometimes called water pills) and drinking too much alcohol.

Other less common causes are a diet high in purine-containing items or your body producing too much uric acid.

Factors that may cause a high uric acid level in your blood include:

  1. Diuretic medications (water pills)
  2. Drinking too much alcohol
  3. Genetics (inherited tendencies)
  4. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  5. Immune-suppressing drugs
  6. Obesity
  7. Psoriasis
  8. Purine-rich diet — liver, game meat, anchovies, sardines, gravy, dried beans and peas, mushrooms, and other foods
  9. Renal insufficiency — inability of the kidneys to filter waste
  10. Tumor lysis syndrome — a rapid release of cells into the blood caused by certain cancers or by chemotherapy for those cancers

Also, you may be monitored for high uric acid levels when undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer.

Tips and instructions

During symptom-free periods, these dietary guidelines may help protect against future gout attacks:

  • Keep your fluid intake high: Stay well-hydrated, including plenty of water. Limit or avoid alcohol: Talk with your doctor about whether any amount or type of alcohol is safe for you.
  • Get your protein from low-fat dairy products: Low-fat dairy products may actually have a protective effect against gout, so these are your best-bet protein sources.
  • Limit your intake of meat, fish, and poultry: A small amount may be tolerable, but pay close attention to what types – and how much – seem to cause problems for you.
  • Maintain a desirable body weight: Choose portions that allow you to maintain a healthy weight. Losing weight may decrease uric acid levels in your body. But avoid fasting or rapid weight loss, since doing so may temporarily raise uric acid levels.

A patient with gout should avoid the following foods:

  • Fatty foods and fats
  • Lentils and legumes during severe attacks
  • Meat, fish, and chicken during severe attacks
  • Liver, kidney, brain, salmon, sardines, and oysters
  • Meat and fish soups
  • Eggplant, cauliflower, peas, and spinach during severe attacks
  • Jam containing seeds
  • Berries, strawberries, and figs
  • Spices and pickles during severe attacks

The patient with gout is allowed to eat:

  • Bread, toast, and rice.
  • Legumes such as lentils and others, while abstaining from gout attacks.
  • Meat, fish, chicken, and rabbits about 100 g of each.
  • Eggs and milk products.
  • Vegetable Soup.
  • Vegetable salad.
  • Cooked vegetables.
  • Potatoes.
  • Butter, oil and fat equivalent to two tablespoons per day.
  • Sugars, jam, honey (avoiding jam containing seeds).
  • Fresh fruits except for berries, strawberries, and figs.
  • Dried fruits and nuts.
  • Spices in small quantities, while abstaining from gout attacks.
  • Pickles while abstaining during gout attacks.
  • Drinks such as tea and coffee with two or three glasses a day.
  • Unlimited quantity of fluids.

There are some foods that help in treating patients with gout:

  • Lemon juice is effective in the treatment of gout, as it dissolves the salts deposited in the joints.
  • Pineapple is very useful in cases of obesity and arthritis.
  • Grape juice works to reduce the uric acid levels in the blood.

Is There a Link Between Pickle Juice and Gout Treatment

Gout is considered to be a painful type of arthritis that is both treatable and preventable. The joints begin having crystal like deposits that form because of an increased level of uric acid in the body. There are several different ways to treat gout. Some of them are through herbal remedies, prescription medications, holistic treatments and it has even been proven that there is a link between pickle juice and gout treatment. Researchers have proven time and again that using a remedy such as pickle juice will detoxify the body.

Gout needs to be treated properly in order to keep the pain at pain. In order to treat the gout a person has a few different options. However, a change in diet is vital. By consuming too many purines you will be increasing the uric acid in your body. The uric acid will form the crystal like deposits begin to form around the joints and during a flare up cause excruciating pain.

This is where the pickle juice can come in handy. Pickle juice assists the body in ridding itself of the toxins that can lead to the creation of crystal deposits. Pickle juice will make a person urinate more frequently, thus cleansing your body.

By adding pickles to your diet you will not be placing a negative impact on your health. Pickles have a small amount of calories and are also fat free. Pickles are actually made from cucumbers which are healthy and do not seem to give a negative response such as inducing a gout flare up. Actually, pickles good for the digestive system and contain antioxidants which can benefit your overall health.

Using pickle juice in recipes gives you a healthy natural alternative for detoxifying your body will also assist in keeping bacteria from becoming bothersome. It will keep the growth of the bacterial to a manageable amount. In addition, pickle juice also gives the immune system a boost, assists in proper digestion of the foods and also will break down the uric acid that would otherwise build up and crystallize around the joints.

Pickle juice and gout has repeatedly been proven as a great way for you to naturally rid your body of toxins. A clean system leads to a happy and healthier individual. The pickle juice will also get rid of the extra uric acid that is in your body by properly digesting the purines that you consume.

Everything you need to know about pickle juice

Pickle juice is rumored to have many different uses and health benefits. Here are a few of the most common claims:

Claim: Pickle juice is beneficial for sports performance

Many people think the high sodium content of pickle juice can increase hydration before workouts and improve performance.

However, studies on this are mixed. In one study, participants consumed 3 oz of pickle juice per 100 lbs of body weight (2 ml/kg) before exercise. This had no effect on running performance, sweat rate or body temperature (3).

Additionally, drinking pickle juice after exercise is also supposed to be be beneficial.

Yet while some studies showed that pickle juice helped increase water intake and blood levels of sodium after exercise, other studies showed no effects (4, 5, 6).

Bottom line: Small amounts of pickle juice are unlikely to have significant effects on exercise performance.

Claim: pickle juice cures muscle cramps

Whether they bother you during exercise or as soon as you lie down in bed at night, muscle cramps are never pleasant.

Interestingly, recent research showed they could be resolved in a minute and a half by drinking 1.5 oz of pickle juice for every 100 lb (1 ml/kg) of body weight (7).

Recovery was 36% faster than after drinking plain water, and 45% faster than after consuming no liquid at all (7).

The researchers suggested that something in the pickle juice might trigger a reflex in the mouth, sending a signal to the nerves to stop cramping.

However, more research is needed to confirm this finding.

Bottom line: The next time you feel a muscle cramp coming along, try downing a couple ounces of pickle juice. Research shows it’s likely to help.

Claim: pickle juice lessens stomach pain

Vinegar is a popular home remedy for soothing an upset stomach. It also happens to be a prime ingredient in many commercially produced pickles.

According to anecdotal evidence, a glass of pickle juice may help relieve you of your stomach problems.

This may be because some cases of stomach pain are caused by abnormally low gastric acid production (8, 9).

In these cases, the acidity of pickle juice may help restore stomach acidity to a healthy level.

Nevertheless, there are currently no scientific studies that confirm this.

Bottom line: This one might just be a myth, but could be worth trying. However, people with a stomach ulcer should not try this.

Claim: pickle juice cures hangovers

Hangovers are partially caused by dehydration, and the salt in pickle juice can push you to drink more water (5).

If you have a hangover and like pickles, you don’t have much to lose by giving pickle juice a try.

Yet there’s no scientific evidence that pickle juice is more effective against hangovers than any other salty drink.

Bottom line: Pickle juice may be effective against hangovers by pushing you to drink more water. However, there are no studies to support this.

Claim: Pickle juice soothes sunburns

Pickle juice is also a popular remedy for sunburns.

It’s said you can blot the juice directly onto sunburned skin, or soak a paper bag in pickle juice and then apply it to the burned area.

Yet as is the case with many folk remedies, no scientific studies have investigated the effectiveness of these treatments.

Nonetheless, when there’s no aloe vera on hand, you have little to lose by giving this alternative method a try.

Bottom line: Despite the lack of scientific research on the subject, pickle juice remains a popular home remedy for sunburns.

Claim: Pickle juice relieves period cramps

There’s no scientific research on whether pickle juice reduces menstrual cramps, but a simple Google search reveals that many people believe this.

It’s not a far stretch to say that pickle juice may soothe menstrual cramps in the same way it is thought to soothe other types of cramps (7).

The high levels of sodium in pickle juice may also help curb the cravings for salty food often reported during PMS.

Bottom line: Pickle juice may help relieve menstrual cramps in the same way it soothes exercise-related cramps.

Claim: Pickle juice fights disease

Pickle juice is also thought to boost digestion and immune function, while also reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Such health benefits are often linked to the antioxidants and probiotics thought to be found in pickle juice.

Although it’s possible that pickle juice might have an antioxidant effect, no research exists on the antioxidant content of pickle juice.

When it comes to probiotics, pickled vegetables that are cured in vinegar are delicious, but likely sterile with no beneficial bacteria.

Only fermented pickles contain beneficial bacteria. You would normally find fermented pickles in the refrigerated food section of the grocery store, while the unrefrigerated shelf is more likely to have vinegar-preserved pickles.

However, even fermented pickles don’t pack the probiotic punch that yogurt and other probiotic foods do.

Even if you can get your hands on a jar of fermented pickles, you’d have to drink many glasses of pickle juice per day to reach a therapeutic dose (2).

Bottom line: Pickle juice may be low in antioxidants and probiotics. Take all claims about benefits against diseases with a big grain of salt.

Claim: Pickle Juice Helps Control Blood Sugar

Chronically elevated blood sugar can lead to type 2 diabetes and a wide array of other chronic diseases.

Interestingly, the vinegar found in commercially prepared pickle juice may help lower blood sugar levels.

Vinegar has been shown to improve the body’s response to insulin and significantly reduce blood sugar after meals (10, 11, 12, 13, 14).

However, only one study to date has shown that pickle juice can reduce blood sugar spikes after meals (15).

Pickle juice may also lower blood sugar levels by slowing digestion after a meal (16).

If you’re currently taking medication that lowers your blood sugar, make sure to check with your doctor before giving pickle juice a try.

Bottom line: Like vinegar, pickle juice may reduce how much your blood sugar levels increase after meals.

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