You may want to avoid eating certain seafood, as these are high in purine, a chemical that can aggravate gout. This includes sardines, anchovies, oysters, lobster, crab, and shrimp. However, eating fatty fish is important because they contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of gout attacks.
Alcohol is also a known gout trigger. Alcohol, in particular beer, increases the risk of developing gout attacks. It increases the amount of uric acid in the blood. And because the kidneys work harder to eliminate the acid from the bloodstream, alcohol can worsen gout symptoms.
Other types of foods that aggravate gout include high-fructose foods, processed foods, and sugary beverages. Many of these contain fructose, which increases the production of uric acid in the body. In addition, fruit juices and sodas are high in fructose and should be avoided.
As well as avoiding these types of foods, a gout-friendly diet will also help control symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease. In addition to diet changes, your doctor may prescribe a medication that lowers uric acid levels. It is important to see a doctor to be sure that your medication is working appropriately. You may need to change the dosage over time.
You can also eat more fruits and vegetables to increase your vitamin C intake. Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant, and many fruits contain large amounts of this vital vitamin. Fruits that are high in vitamin C include mango, strawberries, and kiwi. In addition, vegetables have low purine content and are high in vitamin C.