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Supplements for gout

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What is gout?

Gout is one of the most painful of the rheumatic diseases. It is caused by deposits of crystals of uric acid in joints. These crystals look like needles, and thus cause inflammation and a lot of pain when in the joints.

Normally, uric acid is dissolved in the blood and passes through the kidneys into the urine, where it is elimina...

What is gout?

Gout is one of the most painful of the rheumatic diseases. It is caused by deposits of crystals of uric acid in joints. These crystals look like needles, and thus cause inflammation and a lot of pain when in the joints.

Normally, uric acid is dissolved in the blood and passes through the kidneys into the urine, where it is eliminated. If the body increases its production of uric acid or if the kidneys do not eliminate enough uric acid from the body, some uric acid can be deposited in the joints. This starts an inflammatory process in the joint, and results in intense joint pain, typically involving the first joint of the big toe (about 50% of cases).

Supplements for gout

Omega 3

Fish oil supplementation may prove useful in the treatment of gout. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA (contained in fish oil) limit the production of leukotrienes (inflammatory molecules), which contribute to the inflammation and tissue damage observed in gout. Taking omega 3 supplements is therefore a good idea to reduce inflammation and boost general health.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a protective vitamin, which has been shown to decrease the risk of gout.

Folic Acid

Folic acid has been shown to inhibit the enzyme responsible for producing uric acid. Research has demonstrated that it can be an even greater inhibitor of this enzyme than allopurinol (a drug used to treat gout and kidney stones). Therefore, supplement with folic acid might be an effective treatment in gout.

Dosage

  • Fish oils: 1,000 mg EPA + DHA per day
  • Vitamin C: 500 to 1,000 mg per day
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