Purines are compounds which contain nitrogen. Purines are broken down into uric acid. The accumulation of purines and purine compounds results in the accumulation of uric acid salts in the cartilage, vessels, joints and tissues. This leads to gout – a disease with destruction of the musculoskeletal system and kidneys, which is determined by the violation of purine exchange.
It is recommended that moderate consumption of foods high in purines for people who are prone to gout. A diet rich in purines can raise uric acid levels in the body. It sometimes can cause gout.
It is recommended for people who suffer from gout to follow a gout diet.
A list of foods high in purines
- Meat /bacon, beef, pork, and lamb/ and meat products are foods high in purines. Organ meats, such as and brains, liver and kidneys are foods high in purines.
- Game meat (Deer, venison, etc.)
- Herring and caviar thereof, mackerel, mussels, anchovy, scallops are foods high in purines too.
- Yeast and sour are foods high in purines too
- Oatmeal, wheat bran, and wheat germ are foods high in purines
Foods low in purines
- Fruits and fruit juices are foods low in purines
- Green vegetables
- Breads and cereals that are not whole-grain are foods low in purines
- vegetable and cream soups
- Nuts (including peanut oil) are foods low in purines
- beverages (coffee, tea, soda, cocoa)
- Cheese and Butter are foods low in purines
- Low-fat or nonfat milk
Basic advice for those affected is to take plenty of water. Well hydrated body clears toxins easier. The diet should be rich in vitamin C, which helps the disintegration of uric acid and its removal from the body through urine. It is important to achieve a balanced diet that contains all useful and necessary for good health nutrients.
Attention. Before you follow any gout diet, consult your doctor.