A bowl of cereal and whole milk makes is a quick
and easy breakfast, but if you have a history of gout, milk can be a
problem. Whole milk, like other full-fat dairy products, is high in
purines. Purines are broken down to uric acid, which can bring on a
gout attack in people prone to this painful condition. So when it
comes to gout and milk, do you have to give it up your favorite
dairy products? Fortunately, you do not.
Risk of Gout and Milk: All Dairy Products Donu0092t
Increase the Risk of Gout
If youu0092re a dairy-lover at high risk for gout,
you donu0092t have to give up all dairy products u0096 as long as theyu0092re
low-fat. Skim milk contains a compound called orotic acid that helps
to ferry uric acid out of the blood and into the urine where it can
be flushed down the toilet.
One small study carried out at Boston University
School of Medicine showed that volunteers who drank skim milk
lowered their uric acid levels by 10% within three hours of drinking
it. So if youu0092re at high risk for gout but donu0092t want to give up
milk - switch over to fat-free milk instead.
Another Dairy Product That May Be Good for Gout
Low-fat yogurt is another dairy product that
wonu0092t raise uric acid levels and may satisfy a taste for dairy
without causing your big toe to throb and swell. Take it one step
further, and add some tart cherries to your yogurt. A study out of
Michigan State University showed that eating as few as 20 tart
cherries a day lowered the levels of cyclooxygenase enzymes that
contribute to pain and inflammation. They think that tart cherries
could help to ward off painful attacks of gout and arthritis. Look
for tart cherries in cans at your local supermarket.
What about soymilk? Hold the soymilk. The Boston
University School of Medicine study found that drinking soymilk
raised uric acid levels by 10%.
Risk of Gout and Milk
You donu0092t have to give up dairy if youu0092re at risk
of gout. Switch over to fat-free milk and yogurt u0096 and donu0092t forget
to drink more water. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day helps to
flush uric acid out of the body through the kidneys u0096 and thatu0092s a
good thing when it comes to the risk of gout. Enjoy milk, but make
sure itu0092s skim.
WebMd. u0093Fighting Gout with Skim Milk and Wateru0094
Andrew Weil website. u0093Goodbye to Goutu0094
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