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Gout Treatment: Diet

There are 3 Diet treatments for Gout.
Written by sshowalter.

Gout pain is caused by glass-like crystals of uric acid that build-up in your joints. Uric acid is a by-product of the breakdown of waste products called purines. Therefore, one of the main dietary treatments for gout is to avoid foods and beverages that are high in purines. These include:

Organ meats, such as:

  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Brain
  • Sweetbread
  • Heart
  • Fish roe
  • Mussels
  • Anchovies
  • Herring
  • Sardines

Legumes, such as:

  • Dried beans
  • Peas
  • Soybeans
  • Meat extracts
  • Consommé
  • Gravies
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Poultry

Alcoholic beverages, especially:

  • Beer and wine
  • Binge drinking of any type of alcoholic beverage

The severity of gout varies from person to person. Talk with your doctor about how strict your diet should be for your individual situation.

Treatments include:


Effect of Fluids on Gout

Drinking plenty of fluids can help flush uric acid from the body. Also, it can help control and prevent the recurrence of gout attacks.

It is recommended that people drink around 8 cups of water...

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Effect of Vitamin C on Gout

Although most animals can make vitamin C from scratch, humans have lost the ability over the course of evolution. We must get it from food, chiefly fresh fruits and vegetables. One of this vitamin's...

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Effect of Folate on Gout

Folate has been recommended as a preventive treatment for gout for at least 20 years. Some clinicians report that it can be highly effective.

Read more about Gout and Folate.

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On the basis of interesting reasoning but no concrete evidence of effectiveness, fish oil, olive leaf, vitamin E, selenium, bromelain, vitamin A, and aspartic acid have also been recommended for both prevention and treatment of gout.5

A traditional remedy for gout (with negligible scientific evidence) calls for consumption of ½ to 1 pound of cherries a day.6 You can also buy tablets containing concentrated cherry juice.

Celery juice is another folk remedy for gout that is said to be widely used in Australia.


  1. Murray MT, Pizzorno JE. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. 2nd ed. Rocklin, Calif: Prima Publishing; 1998:493-494.
  1. Blau LW. Cherry diet control for gout and arthritis. Tex Rep Biol Med. 1950;8:309-311.

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