Foods That Cause Gout

Foods that cause gout are those that are rich in substances known as “purines.” Purines, found in almost all foods, occur naturally in our bodies, as well. They are part of the chemical structure in the genes of humans, plants, and animals. A comparatively small number of foods contain concentrated purines, however, and these foods are those people suffering from gout should avoid.

Gout, a form of rheumatoid arthritis, occurs when purines metabolize and produce excessive amounts of uric acid. The uric acid then crystallizes and deposits form around the tiny sacs of fluid that surround the bodys joints.

Joint pain sometimes excruciating results from the knifelike crystals formed by an overabundance of uric acid. Redness, tenderness, and swelling also form part of the symptoms of gout and people suffering from this malady may, in desperation, seek arthritis pain relief in any form available. Its important, therefore, to avoid wasting money and possibly jeopardizing your health, by educating yourself on what foods cause gout and getting information from your doctor on what medications you can take to avoid future gout attacks.

Doctors and dieticians recommend people suffering from severe joint pain and other symptoms of gout to restrict their intake of purines to 100-150 milligrams per day. Foods high in purines can contain up to 1000 milligrams of purine in a single three-and-a-half-ounce serving. Some of these include:

    Foods containing yeast, anchovies, liver, herring, mackerel, mussels, mincemeat, and sardines.

Other foods considered moderate in purines (containing 5-100 milligrams per three-and-a-half-ounce serving) include:

  • asparagus
  • venison
  • spinach
  • oatmeal
  • cod
  • ham
  • peas
  • shellfish
  • oysters
  • pork
  • lima beans
  • halibut
  • salmon
  • turkey
  • crab
  • chicken
  • bacon

These foods may be reintroduced into the diet after symptoms of gouty rheumatoid arthritis have subsided, but only at the direction of your physician.

Gout attacks need to be taken seriously. Despite cartoonish depictions of sufferers as gluttonous over-indulgers, gout actually happens because of an inability by the body to process foods almost all of us eat. Repeated episodes of gout can lead not only to severe tissue damage but to joint deformities, as well. So if you get gout, get help.

And, delaying treatment for gout may mean future episodes and even potentially crippling consequences. Get help today. Receive Dr. Jeff Sands DDS free newsletter to discover all his secrets, tips and tactics to help you control the excruciating and painful episodes of gout. Follow this link and fill out the subscription form.