What to Eat for Gout and Uric Acid
Many foods naturally contain Purines, which get metabolized into Uric Acid. The most concentrated source of purines is animal products: red meat such as beef, lamb, and pork; organ meats such as liver and kidney; and oily fish such as anchovies, sardines, and herring. Lentils, peas, beans, and many fruits and vegetables also contain purines. BUT, just because foods are high in purines does not mean they are going to raise your Uric Acid. There are many things you can do to make dietary adjustments so you can keep your Uric Acid levels down.
Although eating a ton of red meat, anchovies, sugar sweetened drinks, and alcohol will up your risk for raised uric acid levels, you’re not going to overdose on peas, asparagus, and spinach and blame your high uric acid levels on those amazing veggies. There are no studies that relate high uric acid to vegetable consumption. And in fact, some foods that contain purines like vitamin-c rich fruits, vegetables, certain soy and dairy products, can protect you from elevations in Uric Acid.
Below is a list of foods that both increased and decreased the risk:
Seafood • 31% Increase
Red Meat • 29% Increase
Fructose • 114% Increase
Alcohol • 158% Increase
Dairy Products • 44% Reduced Risk
Soy Products • 15% Reduced Risk
Vegetables • 14% Reduced Risk
Coffee • 24% Reduced Risk (In Men)
Here is a good idea of what to eat when you need to help your gout or high uric acid immediately. Pomegranates, Blueberries, Cherries (tart and bing), Broccoli, Red Onions, Walnuts, Green Peppers, & Celery. In the herbs & spices department: Cardamom, Clove Extract, Thyme, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Oregano. Drink Coffee and Green Tea.
Check our other blogs for more tips on Uric Acid Levels!