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Can Vitamin C Help Gout?


According to at least one study, a higher intake of vitamin C by an individual was found to be directly linked to a lower incidence of gout, a type of arthritis caused by the build-up of uric acid. However, this may be countered by the various causes of gout, which can outweigh the impact of vitamin-fueled cures. Causes of gout include: genealogy; drinking too much alcohol; surgery; a diet that contains too much shellfish, sweetbreads and meat; high levels of triglycerides; and metabolic syndrome.

Making the Most of Supplementation

Taking Vitamin C is generally going to be most effective when taken in conjunction with other treatment methods against gout. Many of the most immediate ways to guard against gout, as is the case with so many other preventable diseases, involve a change in diet such as bypassing food allergies, consuming more fruits and vegetables, and staying away from refined foods. Those who are already suffering from gout may also want to reduce their intake of red meats, fish and lean meats; vegetables and nuts that contain oxalate; and magnesium-rich or low calcium consumables.

20 Year Gout Study

One of the most extensive studies made of the possible, beneficial connection between Vitamin C and gout was performed over a 20-year period, from 1986 to 2006. A group of 46,994 men detailed their habits, over a four-year period, with regards to Vitamin C and diet. The study found that those men who consumed at least 1,500 milligrams of Vitamin C per day or more had a 45% lower rate of gout. Additionally, for every 500 milligrams of daily Vitamin C intake, the study found that the risk of gout was reduced by 15%. During the study, 1,317 new cases of gout were reported. Men participating in the study who took less than 250 milligrams of Vitamin C per day were found not to perceptible change the incidence rates of gout.



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