What Are the Best Vitamins for Gout?

The big toe is often the only part of the body affected by gout.
Patients diagnosed with gout may be told to avoid high fat meats and dairy products that raise uric acid levels.
Vitamin C, which can be found in most citrus fruits, can help patients with gout.
Full fat dairy products can exacerbate gout.
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  • Last Modified Date: 17 November 2014
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Gout is a condition in the feet and ankles that causes extreme pain to those who suffer from it. Taking supplements and vitamins for gout — such as vitamin C, quercetin, folic acid, potassium citrate, and fish oil supplements — can help to prevent or delay the progression of the condition. These are the essential vitamins for gout attack prevention. Many of these vitamins appear in multivitamin supplements.

Quercetin and folic acid are vitamins for gout that help prevent and ease the pain of the condition. Each vitamin hinders the enzyme that transforms purines into uric acid. Purines are natural substances that are present in all cells in the human body. When purines breakdown, uric acid accumulates and crystallizes in the blood stream. The uric acid adheres to joints and causes severe pain at the joint. Usually only the big toe is affected by gout, though it may spread to the heels, ankles, knees, and other joints.

The key to preventing gout and lowering the number of sudden attacks is to reduce the amount of uric acid that flows in the bloodstream. Purchasing a quality sustained-release vitamin C supplement with flavonoids is essential. Vitamin C is a key vitamin that lowers the uric acid in the body. Similarly, potassium citrate and calcium are vitamins for gout that raise the body’s pH levels, which helps remove uric acid from the body.

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Most doctors will suggest that patients suffering from gout change their overall diet. Some foods are rich in purines, which will contribute to the buildup of uric acid. Patients should be wary of drinking alcoholic beverages, eating organ meat, dried beans, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, beef, and shellfish. These foods and beverages are high in purines. It is imperative to exchange these foods for those that help lower uric acid.

Doctors and those who have suffered from gout will advise patients get some of those vitamins into their diet by incorporating dark berries, fatty acids, and soybeans in their diet. All of these foods will decrease the amount of uric acid in the bloodstream. Along with incorporating these foods in the diet, the patient's overall diet needs to be healthy and balanced. Drinking more water and getting regular exercise may also help decrease uric acid levels.

Living as healthy a life as possible is critical is treating gout. Patients should include a supplement of fish oil. Fish oil and aspirin help create better health altogether, so these tablets should be taken regularly along with vitamins.

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KoiwiGal
Post 3

@pleonasm - Just be aware that gout is considered to be a genetic condition. It can be exacerbated by eating the wrong foods, but some people just get it and it's got nothing to do with their diet.

The good thing is that trying to prevent gout is much the same as trying for good health in general, as you can see in the article. Fruit and vegetables and fish oils aren't going to do you any harm and could end up saving you from some pain.

pleonasm
Post 2

@irontoenail - My father used to get terrible gout in his feet. All I knew was that we were never to go near his feet when walking around the house (they were usually propped up on the couch) and that if one of us accidentally brushed past them we would be yelled out like never before.

I didn't realize how much pain he was probably in. And you know what? He loved eating organ meat, particularly liver and sweetbreads and kidneys.

I don't know if he knew they were the cause of the condition. Maybe he did know and just loved them so much he suffered through it.

I just wish that there were more treatments for gout since I never knew that he had been in so much pain. Apparently it's one of the most painful conditions you can have and even the slightest pressure can be agony.

irontoenail
Post 1

Eating organ meat and shellfish are the two worst things you can do when you suffer from gout. That's why it used to be known as a rich person's disease, because those two things were associated with people who had the wealth to afford them regularly.

It's not that they are bad for you, they just aren't good in massive amounts. All the remedies for gout in the world won't help if you don't modify your diet.

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