What is gout?
Gout is a painful form of arthritis with attacks commonly felt in a big toe or other joints. Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the body known as hyperuricemia. High uric acid can form crystals in your joints, and can lead to extremely painful gout attacks.
What is uric acid?
Uric acid is created when the body breaks down substances called purines. Purines are found in body tissues, as well as in some foods and drinks.
Diet and uric acid
Alcoholic beverages are generally high in purines, and drinking a lot of alcohol can lead to hyperuricemia. High purine foods include beef, game meats, liver, herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, scallops, mushrooms, dried beans, dried peas, and sweetbreads.
Diet changes alone may not be enough to lower uric acid levels. In fact, a low-purine diet has been shown to reduce uric acid levels by about 1 mg/dL. Talk to your doctor about your diet and ULORIC, a gout medication option that may help lower your uric acid levels.