Gout is a very painful inflammatory condition of the joints, caused by the accumulation of crystallized uric acid around the affected joint. The joint most commonly affected is the big toe; however, gout can affect the ankle, instep, heel, knee, spine, elbow, wrist, and finger. In severe cases, gout can deform the affected joint.
People prone to gout tend to have high levels of uric acid in their blood. High uric acid levels may be due to the kidneys not properly removing uric acid from the blood.
Uric acid level
You say, “Okay, my kidneys are not working properly. So what can I do to cure my gout?” The answer is that you can do a lot.
First, certain foods and drinks increase the body’s uric acid level, and certain foods and drinks do not. So if you avoid foods and drinks that increase your uric acid level and partake of foods and drinks that don’t, you will never have a gout attack, thereby curing your gout condition!
What are the foods and drinks that increase the uric acid level in the body and cause a gout attack? Meat and seafood promote gout attacks. Do you like beef, pork, lamb, liver, bacon, fish, lobster, mussels, scallops, or shrimp? Sorry, you have to pass these on. To a lesser degree, chicken, turkey, and duck promote gout attacks. You like beer? Well, not anymore, because beer promotes gout attacks.
High protein foods
Avoiding meat and seafood puts you in a quandary. Avoid these foods to avoid gout attacks, but your body cannot function properly without protein – meats and seafood are common sources of protein! What do you do for a living?
Fortunately, there are high-protein foods that do not cause gout attacks. They are categorically listed below.
Eggs and Dairy Products: Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, and eggs are rich in protein.
Grains and cereals: Those rich in protein are buckwheat, amaranth grain (usually sold in health food stores) and quinoa.
Nuts and Seeds: Peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds are rich in protein.
Beans, including soybeans: Beans, soybeans, and split peas are rich in protein.
So all you have to do is substitute these high protein foods for the meats and seafood you usually eat. “But what about beer? Is there a substitute for that? I need to have a beer to relax after work,” he says. Once again, you are in luck.
Since red wine does not raise the body’s uric acid level, it does not cause gout attacks. In fact, red wine can even lower uric acid levels! And certainly red wine is as effective as beer in helping you relax.
Vitamin C in high doses
Not only can red wine lower uric acid levels, but vitamin C can do the same as well. High-dose vitamin C lowers uric acid levels in most gout sufferers. However, for some people with gout, high doses of vitamin C make their condition worse.
A dose of 500 mg per day significantly reduces uric acid levels in most gout sufferers. But before starting a vitamin C regimen, you must get your doctor’s approval; because vitamin C in high doses could remove uric acid from your body too quickly, causing kidney stones.
Is protein substitution practical?
Some of you may be saying right now, “Okay, this all makes sense, but it’s not practical. This protein substitution lacks variety; there’s no way I can keep up with it.” Lack of variety? We’ll see. I’ll try to brainstorm a variety of gout-safe protein-rich foods.
The following foods contain cheese and can be served without meat or seafood: Pizza, Cheese Ravioli, Baked Ziti, Mozzarella Sticks, Eggplant Parmesan, Cheese Omelet, Lasagna, Egg & Cheese Muffin Sandwich, Mac & Cheese, Potato Oven with Cheddar Cheese Sauce, Italian Stuffed Shells, Cheese Manicotti in Marinara Sauce, Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing, Cheesecake, Cheesy Broccoli Soup, Parmesan Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta, Fettuccine Alfredo, Cheesy Penne goat and ricotta gnocchi.
The following foods contain buckwheat and can be served without meat or shellfish: Buckwheat pancakes, buckwheat breads, buckwheat muffins, buckwheat crackers, buckwheat bagels, buckwheat crackers, buckwheat tortillas , some breakfast cereals, buckwheat grits, buckwheat salad, with mushrooms and parsley oil, kasha barnizkes, buckwheat noodles, Japanese soba noodles, California buckwheat chapati, kasha knishes, and some blinis.
The following foods contain peanuts and can be served without meat or seafood: Peanut caramel, salted nuts, peanut butter, peanut butter sandwiches, vegetable salads mixed with peanut sauce, peanut-based dipping sauce, crackers, peanut butter, mandelones (peanuts soaked in almond flavoring), some health food bars, some breakfast cereals, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter filled celery sticks, honey peanut steamed tea bread , cherry peanut granola, peanut squares, peanut butter fries, trail mix, some spaghetti sauces, boiled peanuts, peanut butter spread on toast, gorp (good raisins and peanuts), peanut flavored cajun, peanut soup, peanut muffins, peanut muffins, peanut cake, peanut pudding, baked peanuts with rice and peanut filling.
The following foods contain tofu and can be served without meat or seafood: tofu with mixed vegetables, tofu muffins, tofu and cheese omelette, tofu steak, tofu caramel custard, anmitsu tofu (traditional fruit salad), Grilled Tofu Steak, Tomato and Olive Tofu Spread, Cubed Tofu Steak Braised with Aubergine and Zucchini, Tofu Steak with Teriyaki Butter Sauce, Tofu Steak Sandwich, Tofu Steak with Sauce, Tofu Steak Nuggets , Tofu Steak Fajita, Tofu Steak with Asian Mushroom Sauce, Egg Tofu Burger, Vegetable Tofu Burger, Tofu Burger, Tofu Quesadilla, Oriental Tofu Salad, Tofu Pea Soup, Creamy Tofu Dressing Oriental Tofu, Broccoli and Tofu Lasagna, Grilled Tofu and Cheese, Tofu Spaghetti Sauce, Spanish Rice with Tofu, Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry, Savory Italian Pasta and Tofu, Spicy Tofu Chili, Spicy Tofu Burritos, Lasagna tofu T ex-Mex, pita stuffed tofu salad, tofu custard stuffed cake, pineapple tofu cake and sesame flavored tofu custard.
Trying to be brief, I just brainstormed gout safe protein rich foods containing cheese, buckwheat, peanuts, and tofu. If you were to include gout safe protein rich foods containing milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, amaranth grain, quinoa, almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, soy milk, beans, soybeans, and peas, he would end up writing a novel. Although I only focused on foods that contain cheese, buckwheat, peanuts, and tofu, you can see that there is a lot of variety.
Warnings, interactions, and side effects
Gout attacks can be cured by following the dietary changes suggested here. However, keep in mind that it is easier to prevent gout attacks than to intervene in the middle of gout attacks. Therefore, it is better to use the suggested dietary changes proactively rather than reactively.
Some foods suggested here can dangerously interact with some prescription drugs or medical conditions. For example, eating cheese while taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) can kill you. Also, drinking red wine while you have liver cirrhosis can make your condition worse. Therefore, to be safe, you should get approval from your doctor and pharmacist before following the suggested dietary changes.
People prone to gout may have a side effect from aspirin. Although normal people can take aspirin without having any side effects, people prone to gout can have the side effect of a gout attack. So if you are prone to gout and have a headache, you are better off taking Motrin (ibuprofen) instead of Bayer (aspirin).
Although prescription drugs like allopurinol prevent gout attacks, some people prefer a more natural prevention. This article describes a gout prevention plan, consisting of protein substitution, alcohol substitution, and high-dose vitamin C supplementation. This article proposes that dietary changes alone can prevent gout attacks.