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What are some foods recommended for a gout diet?

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Low-fat milk products are low in purines, may lower the risk of gout by more than 40 percent, and may rid the body of uric acid during a gout attack, states WebMD. Citrus fruits, cherries and cherry juice may help prevent gout attacks and provide pain relief.

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Anti-inflammatory foods, such as tuna, salmon, flaxseed, olive oil, and other nuts and seeds, are rich in essential fatty acids and can help lower the pain and inflammation of gout, according to WebMD. Studies show that drinking sufficient amounts of water, five to eight glasses in 24 hours, lowers the risk of gout attacks by 40 percent. High-fiber carbohydrate choices, such as peas, beans, lentils, oats and sweet potatoes, are suggested. Being overweight raises the risk of gout; slow weight loss is recommended.

Gout is the result of high purine levels in certain foods that cause the body to produce uric acid to break down the purines, explains Mayo Clinic. High blood levels of uric acid cause it to form crystals around a joint, resulting in the painful condition. A diet free of high-purine foods, such as liver, sweetbreads, anchovies and asparagus, is helpful in curbing the number and severity of attacks. Gravies and meat broths should also be avoided, and no more than one serving per day of lean beef, chicken or pork is suggested, notes WebMD.

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