A Quick History Lesson

During the fifth century, a condition called Gout was making its rounds amongst the wealthier class of folks. Nicknaming it “the king’s disease”, famous Greek physician Hippocrates himself recognized the ailment amongst the rich. 

Today, Gout is much less dependent on your financial status. Modern science has determined the root of the disease being high consumption of purines, a chemical compound found in certain foods. When purines are metabolized in the body, they become uric acid. With modest purine consumption, the uric acid is able to be processed through the bloodstream and kidneys.

However, overconsumption of purines can lead to the build up and crystallization of uric acid in the joints. This phenomena is called hyperuricemia, which ultimately can become the painful joint inflammation we know as Gout.

The Power of Nutrition

Here at Coromega, we believe that what you put into your body should taste delicious and serve a purpose. At first glance, it may seem odd that what you eat could so greatly impact the health of your joints. When it comes to Gout, this connection is everything. Let’s go over some of the top foods to incorporate into and keep out of your diet when combating Gout.

Incorporate these:

  • Dark Berries (Delicious, full of antioxidants, and possibly helpful at controlling uric acid.)

  • Whole Grains

  • Low-Fat Dairy

  • Foods High in Vitamin C

  • Soy or Plant-based Protein 

  • Coffee (Coffee can potentially keep uric acid levels in check.)

    Avoid these:

  • Heavily Processed Foods

  • Alcohol

  • Red & Organ Meat

  • Game Meats (Infamous during the middle ages for causing the upper class Gout flare-ups.)

  • Sugary Drinks

  • Certain Seafood (Particularly anchovies, shellfish, sandines, sardines, and tuna due to purine levels.)

    Everything in Moderation

    For many people, a key aspect of keeping Gout flares at bay is to eat an overall healthy diet. Everyone over-indulges from time to time, and being too restrictive with food can lead to its own set of health issues. A balanced diet is vital to one’s overall health. Depending on the severity of one's Gout, individual diet plans or strategies can be made personal by a dietician or doctor.

    Supplemental Support

    Given that certain foods must be limited when following a Gout-friendly diet, it may be difficult to absorb valuable nutrients that your body needs. Incorporating supplements into your routine is an easy way to mend this. Below is a list of supplements commonly recommended by experts for managing Gout. It is important to note however, that a physician should always be overseeing any supplement regimen. 

    Tart Cherry: If eating cherries just isn’t your thing, tart cherry supplements may be for you. Tart cherry is known for its ability to promote inflammation reduction with its high levels of Anthocyanins. Subsequently, research has shown tart cherry juice has the potential to lower uric acid levels.

    Turmeric: Turmeric has been known globally for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be a wonderful staple to have in your spice cabinet, as well as a great daily supplement. Coromega offers a delicious emulsified blend of 1000 mg, highly bioavailable turmeric

    Omega-3: How could we possibly leave out everyone’s favorite inflammation fighting soldier (we couldn’t)? Omega-3 is praised for many things, inflammation fighting properties being a huge one of them. Check out Coromega’s Omega-3 Max for an easy to take, daily supplement with maximum amounts of both DHA and EPA.

    Closing Remarks

    To conclude, nutrition as a whole is a vital aspect of managing Gout. With the right information and medical support, Gout flare-ups can be minimized and controlled. Never underestimate the power of diet, we sure don’t!