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.
Because of the risks of over-exposure to caffeine, it is probably better to stick to decaf, especially over two or three cups per day. Decaf has a similar statistical relationship to low gout incidence that is not as pronounced, but still significant.
For more information, check out my report on the coffee and gout study from a few weeks ago.
- Coffee is mildly diuretic, but still counts towards your fluid intake each day. I cannot overemphasize the importance of hydration. Do not think it just has to be water. Keep drinking all day – tea, coffee, fruit juice and milk are all good fluids, and will stop you getting bored with plain water.
For more information about the importance of hydration, see my water and gout page.
This post answers a short gout question in the gout diet section. If you still have questions about gout coffee, see my Gout Questions page for the best way to get answers.