Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Vitamin C and Gout
I've reported before about the link between high fructose corn syrup and increased incidence of gout. New research shows that Vitamin C supplements may prevent gout.
The study, reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at men between the ages of 40 and 75 years that did not have gout. The researchers adjusted to account for age, energy intake, alcohol use, body mass index, use of diuretics and hypertension or chronic kidney disease. All of the above influence development of gout.
The men who consumed more Vitamin C had a reduced incidence of gout. Each 500mg increase in supplemental Vitamin C reduced the risk of gout by 15%. The researchers concluded that Vitamin C may lower serum levels of uric acid through a number of physiologic means. Reduced uric acid leads to lower incidence of gout.
The take home message here is if you have had gout or have a family history of gout, supplements of Vitamin C (1000-1500mg/day) and avoiding high fructose corn syrup may be beneficial for reducing gout attacks.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 8:33 AM