Once you are diagnosed with arthritis gout, diet changes are going to be necessary for you. However, for the most part we are only given a list of foods to avoid. In reality, there are several foods that you can eat that have been linked to decreasing your chance of having another flare up of gout.
You should try to incorporate foods that are high in vitamin C for your arthritis gout diet. Vitamin C can be an assistant in the process of breaking down the uric acids.
However, before you make any drastic changes to your diet, you should speak with your doctor. This will help you in avoiding any possible reactions with medications you are currently taking. Among the foods that are high in vitamin C are:
You should also include vitamin A rich foods. As an added bonus, these are also high in vitamin C. Here are some of those:
- green bell pepper
- Brussels sprouts
- sweet potatoes
Foods that are considered to assist in reducing the inflammation are:
Foods, actually seeds that are high in vitamin E and Omega 3:
- pumpkin seeds
- brazil nuts
- sunflower seeds
It is important that you try to avoid foods with elevated amounts of purines. The purines increase the amount of uric acid that is produced by your body. The increase in uric acid will in turn increase your chances of the uric acid crystallizing and depositing on your joints, thus an inflammation and bout with gout is almost inevitable.
Just because you suffer from gout does not mean you have to stop eating, there are several very tasty alternatives you can use to make great meals that are safe for your arthritis gout diet. For example, instead of snacking on crackers (which are loaded with sodium) you can have a handful of nuts or maybe an apple.
Being creative with your meals and snacks can be a little difficult in the beginning, but you could be opening your eyes to a healthier diet that also tastes great. No to mention the numerous pain free nights you can be looking forward to.