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.


Healthnut said...

HFCS is in just about every packaged food product. You would not eat it if you knew the ingredients: Corn, water, sulfuric acid (battery acid), alpha-amylase, glucoamylase, glucose isomerase.


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Linda Leighton said...

That yucky stuff is everywhere! Being pre-diabetic, I always read the labels.

rsc said...

You can read more about gout here:

ERP said...

Add it too the benefits of Vitamin D and you have a winning combo.

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John Paolo said...

Is high fructose corn syrup similar to purine? I've been reading that high purine food products are the ones we should avoid.

The whole thing about Vitamin C is new to me. I think I'll try that. I hope it works well with Allopurinol.

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John said...

The pictures are scary!

I see two theories about Vitamin C and gout. One is that it lessens the production of uric acid; another is that it liquefies uric acid crystals.


Ariel said...

I had my very first gout attack last week. After the attack has completely subsided I took Zyloric to get rid of the excess uric acids. I first took Tramadol to relieve the pain. You can see the complete drug study of these medicines at http://medsheaven.com/index.html

Be sure to drink plenty of water or fluids to flush out the uric acids. Gout really Is a hassle. But if you know how to counter attack it once it appears your in the right track of taking care of yourself.

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