The accumulation of uric acid in our body, can cause the appearance of gout which is a type of arthritis, and this is followed by the crystal formation around and inside our joints. Mostly this issue is causing a lot of pain in the joints and inflammation.
Most commonly this disease is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs that are non-steroidal. But too much of these drugs can lead to very unpleasant side-effects.
There are certain foods we consume, that are very high in purines, which is a substance that is later turned in uric acid inside our body. The purines are very needed by our body because they are healthy, and they are useful for our DNA replication.
If your diet contains a lot of proteins, the risk of developing gout is rapidly increased, because foods such as salmon, red meat, organ meat, sardines, oily fish and herring, beans, peas, and lentils are very rich with purines. So, in order to prevent from gout, you need to reduce the consumption of these foods.
If you want to use the fructose as an energy source, first your body needs to make it from fructose into glucose. And the converting process is also followed by the creation of uric acid. Therefore, if our uric acid levels are increased, this stimulates the production of the nitric oxide, and the nitric oxide is lowering our blood pressure.
Too much fructose consumption will result in LDL (bad cholesterol), which later is stored as fat in our body. But not every fructose is the same, because the fructose in the fruits is not the same, it is completely different from the one is constantly added to drinks and foods.
The effects from the fructose that is added in to drinks and foods has been proven by scientists. There was a recent study which was published by the Journal of Pediatrics, in the study there were 5,000 participants (all of them were teenagers), and the study has shown that the more fizzy drinks or juices they drank, their uric acid levels and blood pressure went higher ant higher.
Also another study was done, in which there were 46,000 participants (men only), the study lasted for 12 years, and was published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
After the study the results have shown that the risk of gout is constantly increasing as we consume juices or fizzy drinks. And the risk was increased twice as much in people who were drinking 2 or more juices or fizzy drinks on daily basis.
Another study was done for more than 22 years, in the study participated 80,000 women, from which 778 at the end of the study had gout.
And at the end of the study, it was proven once more that the development of gout and fizzy drinks are deeply connected. At the end of the study it was concluded that women who drank less than one sugary drink on monthly basis, had lowered the risk of developing gout by 74%, than the ones that drank one drink on daily basis.
The risk of developing gout was two and a half times higher for those women who drank 2 or 3 sugary drinks on daily basis.
Also the consumption of alcohol is deeply connected with the development of gout. There was a study which was published in Lancet, the study was done in 2004, and it was concluded that beer increases the risk of gout very much. So you need to consume more water, and reduce the consumption of alcohol.
To reverse the condition, or to prevent from its development, you just need to:
- To help in the process of elimination of the uric acid, you need to drink at least 2 liters of water on daily basis.
- The prunes are helping your metabolism by reducing the uric acid in your body, therefore you want to increase their intake.
- Blueberries, blackberries, bilberries and cherries are very rich with bioflavonoids, and the bioflavonoids are able to reduce the levels of the uric acids in our body.
- Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables, such as brown rice, amaranth, sweet potatoes and quinoa.
- The uric acid can also be reduced by the consumption of pineapples and cherries, therefore increase their consumption as well.
- Avoid foods that are very rich with protein such as, crabs, chicken, oily fish, mussels, scallops, shellfish, beans, lentils and porridge.
- You should avoid beer, meat and cheese if you are already suffering from gout, or you can limit the intake of these foods.