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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.