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what kind of foods should you not eat if you have a gout?

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Dr. Alfred Kim
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Potentially several: Many rheumatologists used to think that diet can be a significant contributor to gout flares, but i think many (including me) are changing our minds. Working through the math, the purine load from food is not that much. Thus, diet change may not help that much. Nevertheless, this website from the arthritis foundation is helpful: http://www.Arthritis.Org/foods-for-gout.Php.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Some options: Always talk with your physician about your care. Eat liberal amounts of cherries, celery & blueberries. Avoid high purine foods: herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, organ meats & roe.Limit fish, meats, shellfish, poultry, asparagus, mushrooms, legumes & spinach. No alcohol use. These recommendations should be discussed with your physician.
Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Rheumatology 25 years experience
Avoid animal purines: Avoid foods rich in animal purines. Examples include: beef, lamb, pork, and shellfish. Alcoholic beverages, especially beer and spirits (whiskey, vodka) are also high in purines. Some studies suggest moderate wine consumption is less likely to cause gout attacks. Low fat dairy products are GOOD for gout. They help rid the body of uric acid.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
I agree, and organ meats like liver are especially bad for gout as well
Nov 2, 2014

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Are there any natural treatments for gout that have been proven to be helpful?

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Enriched skim milk?: Treatment no, but decreasing frequency of flare ups maybe so. Just released: drinking skim milk enriched with glycomacropeptide and g600 milk fat extract may help reduce the frequency of painful flare ups. Discuss with your doctor first though! here is the link: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_121136.Html.
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