Coffee and Gout

The June 2007 edition of Arthritis & Rheumatism reports, in Coffee Consumption and Risk of Incident Gout in Men: A Prospective Study, that there is a strong link between drinking coffee and a reduced risk of gout. This is another finding from a statistical study of thousands of American men that I have mentioned before. The authors are keen to point out the limitations of this study, in that it is based only on professional men, is self-reporting with no medical supervision, and may be not cover all important factors. That said, this is surely a prime candidate for some comprehensive clinical studies. Come on, you researchers - give us some proof that Java can make us dance....
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Healthy Gout Food

In my search for antioxidants for my previous message, I found an interesting approach to healthy gout food. The article about food is not specifically about gout, but a lot of the food listed is high antioxidant. Certainly, none of it should make gout worse, and the presentation gave me a new idea for healthy gout food. Dr David Heber is well known for his "What Color is Your Diet?" book. I found some fascinating information from him about nutrition and antioxidants. He has grouped food by color, and I think the plan is to try and eat something from each color group every day. Well, if he can do it, why can't I? The color groups are Red, Green, Green/Yellow, Red/Purple, Orange, Orange/Yellow, White/Green. Before I continue with these groups, I'd like to share some of Dr Heber's comments, as they are very relevant to healthy gout food. The first is very relevant to those gout sufferers, like me, who are trying...
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Gout Coffee

Another short gout question, just asked, is gout coffee. There are a couple of important things to know about gout and coffee. Recent research indicates that coffee drinkers have less chance of getting gout. Now that is not quite the same as saying that coffee protects you from gout, as it is a statistical, rather than clinical report. Having said that, the figures look quite convincing. It is also relevant that coffee is a source of antioxidants, so maybe that is the reason that coffee is good for gout. (more…)...
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What Foods Can I Eat With Gout

Friends frequently ask me, "What foods can I eat with gout?" Please do not think that I have a huge circle of gouty acquaintances. I see all gout sufferers as friends, especially the ones who comment here, post in the gout forum, or tell me about their gout by email. When I started developing my gout diet plan, I deliberately shied away from creating a fixed menu, for two reasons: It takes up more time than I have available. I do not agree with telling other people what to eat. I feel it is irresponsible to plan a diet for somebody if you know nothing about them Continue reading What Foods Can I Eat With Gout...
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Gout Diet

What's In A Good Gout Diet? The nicest aspect of running GoutPal.com is the messages I receive. Sometimes full of praise, often full of information, continually full of questions. Today I got a question about gout diet. As I reviewed my answer, a thought grew in my mind - "Physician, heal thyself." Now I'm no physician, but I do know about gout, particularly my own gout. I know that most gout problems are diet related. One of my New Year Resolutions was to develop and maintain a healthy gout diet. I can't put it off much longer. Gout sufferers get obsessed with food. At least, this one does. I think it starts with all that purine stuff. You worry about the type of food you are eating, but forget about the amount and balance. The answer is not really a gout diet, more a gout lifestyle. But first, a few foody thoughts. (more…)...
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diet / pH question

Hello all, Doug (a newbie to the site) here. I have beeen fighting a flare up for the last two weeks, pain has moved all around in my right foot and ankle and is FINALLY subsiding... I visited the doctor last Tuesday and he was ready to put me on an Rx treatment. I told him about what I had been reading up online (mostly from GoutPal) and wanted to try some dietary changes first - much to my suprise,he agreed! As the site suggests, a gout diet is as much about balance as what we eat. I also see alot of talk about pH balance. I have been drinking distilled water for 30+ years. After reading about the balance of foods and pH, I decided to check the pH of the distilled water and found it to be 6.4! What is the chance of all of the acidic foods + beer, topped off with acidic...
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