Joint and connective tissue disorders, from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout, to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, are now the most prevalent forms of disability in Western Society.
However, when it comes to gout –especially important to avoid are refined carbohydrates, including all white flour products, white and enriched flour breads and baked goods. Although not particularly high in purines, those foods will send your uric acid into the stratosphere. So will sugar fructose, saturated fats and trans fats.
Foods that are high in purines and should be avoided include: Beer and all Liquors, Red meats, Organ meats (heart, liver, kidneys, sweetbreads, brains) Pates, Herring, Sardines, Anchovies, Caviar, Roe, Mussels, Aged cheeses and all types of Beans.
A final common cause of deposition of crystals in joints is prescription drugs. The worst offenders are diuretics which inhibit excretion of uric acid via the kidneys. If you have arthritis and your uric acid level is 5.5 milligrams per 100 milliliters, and you are using prescribed diuretics for another problem (water retention, hypertension etc), alternative medication could save you a lot of suffering.
Excerpted from “Win The War Against Arthritis” by Dr. Michael Colgan
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Renowned scientist, lecturer and best-selling author, Dr. Michael Colgan’s professional memberships include the American College of Sports Medicine, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the British Society of Nutritional Medicine. He is also on the Council of International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists.