Certain types of foods can play a huge part in easing your painful arthritic gout. An excess of uric acid is a major cause of gout. Uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines.

Excess purines can be caused by an over production of uric acid. Extra purines can also be caused by a failure of kidneys to get rid of it. There are foods to avoid if you have gout as some foods are high in purines which will raise your uric levels in the blood. The result can be a Gout Attack.

Purine Foods to Avoid if You have Gout are:

  • Beer
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Anchovies
  • Sardines in oil
  • Fish roes
  • Herring
  • Organ meat (liver, kidneys, sweetbreads)
  • Meat extracts
  • Consomme
  • Gravies
  • Asparagus

Foods Very High in Purines include:

  • hearts
  • herring
  • mussels
  • yeast
  • smelt
  • sardines
  • sweetbreads

In one study on purine rich foods, they found a few high purine foods that did not increase the risk of gout.  These foods include:

  • peas
  • beans
  • mushrooms
  • cauliflower
  • spinach

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