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Dietary Changes for Gout

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Posted by Don (Michigan, USA) on 01/01/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Stop Eating Fruit for Gout

I know this is long but I have tried to answer anticipated questions.

At the time of this writing, I am 74 years old and have not had gout in many years. I eat a very simple grain-free diet of nuts, seeds, vegetables and fish. Recently I had been eating lots of apples, berries, prunes and raisins because of a minor constipation issue.

As noted in my previous post, fruit juices and ibuprofen used to stopped my gout attacks in 1-2 days. So at the first signs of gout in my left big toe I did my usual two one-half gallon bottles of natural red 100% fruit juice and a few ibuprofen. But this time instead of flushing out the uric acid my whole foot blew up with tight burning skin and unbelievable pain. After 5 days I went to urgent care where they diagnosed infected gout – cellulitis - and prescribed 2 weeks of Bactrim. I began a low purine diet with plenty of fruit. After a few days the skin stopped burning but the redness, swelling and pain remained. My regular foot doctor was lazy and useless, she stood with her hands in her pockets saying nothing and prescribed nothing. So I started taking Olive Leaf 1000 mg x 4 times daily and within a day I could feel the swelling and pain reducing.

The low purine diet was no help but I noticed within minutes of eating apples or blueberries the pain and tightness increased dramatically. I did some research and found this from Harvard Medical: "Researchers report a correlation between foods high in fructose and gout symptoms, which can include chronic pain. These fruits include apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, prunes, and dates. Fructose can generate a spike in uric acid within minutes of being consumed."

I STOPPED EATING ALL FRUIT and within one day ,the pain reduced by half and in 3 days, all pain was gone. I could walk normally. The redness and swelling took about 10 more days. My left big toe and ball is still larger than the right because of probably permanent joint damage caused be fast growing small bone spurs from the 2 months of inflammation - Bone Spurs grow from calluses caused by inflammation. My new foot doctor is aggressive and stays on point doing ultra sound in the office where he found the spurs and ordered CT to find out exactly what is going on in there. He also took a cast of my foot for custom shoe liners to relive pressure.

Bottom Line –

1. My lab blood uric acid levels were always normal. So a low purine diet did not help. If your body produces elevated uric acid then the low-purine diet may be of some help.

2. Stopping all fruit and fructose got rid of my gout in less that 2 days.

3. For many years I have used the PLNT brand of Olive Leaf capsules from Vitamin Shoppe because it contains nothing but Olive Leaf. And I like Vitamin Shoppe Liquid Olive Leaf Extract.

4. Since regularly taking Olive Leaf I have noticed my hands and feet are smoother and not dry.

5. I now it ZERO FRUIT and feel terrific. I have a bottle of Vitamin C pure powder which I occasionally use but there are many potent sources of Vitamin C rather than fruit.

6. I eat ½ – 1 cup of chopped organic celery with meals twice a day and love the crunch. No More Constipation.

7. No matter the results of the CT I will not have any procedures and I don't really need the shoe liners because I am walking just fine. Point being, stopping fruit would have cured the gout attack without the doctors. The Olive Leaf was a great addition as an anti inflammatory and several other health benefits without side affects.

As is well documented, whether natural or pharmaceutical all medications and treatments work different for each of us. This works for me.

Best Wishes for World Peace.


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Posted by Ironman993 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 07/08/2013

Hi, I was first diagnosed with gout 2 months ago, since then my left ankle, where it seemed to have been, has healed, however I do occasionally feel tingles in small scattered spots around my foot, not sure if that has anything to do with gout. I have been drinking lots of water and eating vegetables and fruits such as banana, strawberry, cantelope, watermelon as part of my diet as well as drinking milk, eating cheese and eating a small portion of lean chicken breast meat once every week to keep protein intact. My first question is, can I consume soya bean as in veggie burger as a alternative for chicken or should I stick with chicken to fullfill my protein needs? And, I have been reading everywhere that Alkaline water helps a lot in terms of preventing uric acid to increase, is this true and is the filter system worth purchasing from stores?

Also, I am 140Ibs, thin, skinny person and wanted to know will this gout come back regardless of all the preventions I would take? Recently I checked my uric acid level, 3 weeks ago and it was 3.7mg/dl, is this normal levels? And finally, is going Alkaline alongside proper nutrition, the cure for Gout or will it come back later on in life? I am 25 years old and I can not believe I have got it! No one in my family has a history of it as well. Thank You.

Replied by Tinydancer
(Dayton, Ohio, Usa)
07/08/2013

Ironman, I can't answer all the questions you had about gout but wanted to tell you that I had gout and Apple Cider Vinegar makes mine go away overnight. I found out about it by accident and anytime I get a flare up I just drink some ACV mixed in a little water and presto it's gone. Mine was in my big toe and I could not even stand for the sheet to touch it at night. I don't know how it works but it does work for me. Hope this will help others as well.

Replied by Courtney
(Granite Bay, Ca)
07/08/2013

Do you drink alcoholic beverages at all? That is a big no-no if you are prone to gout.


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Posted by Tony (Limassol, Cyprus) on 08/21/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I had my first gout attack about 10 years ago. At the beginning I was having attacks every 6 months. Then gradually I was getting them every 3 months, then every month and eventually every week. It started at my big toe and then it was moving sometimes in my knees, and generally all around my joints, in my feet. And the pain was agonising. I have tried all the cures you can imagine. I tried ACV, lemons, drinking a lot of water, but to no avail. I tried water fasting, juice fasting, baking soda, again without success. I almost gave up meat, limiting it to only once a week , gave up alcohol completely, again no success. I was living on vegetables, lots and lots of fresh fruit, milk , cheese beans and so on.

My eating habits could not be healthier or so I thought. But my gout was worsening. Then I decided to increase the amount of fruit I was consuming, thinking that if some fruit is healthy, more fruit will be more healthy. Some days I was eating fruit only, others over 10 portions a day. And alas my gout instead of improving it became chronic. I was desperate I did not know what to do.

And then one day accidentally I read an article about fructose, which is contained in fruit in large quantities. It said that it increases uric acid, in a matter of minutes. Fructose is also present in table sugar, and in HFCS, which is used in soft drinks. I put two and two together and realised what I was doing wrong. I stopped eating fruit and all other sugars, for a period of 3 weeks, and by magic I saw a dramatic improvement. Pain was gone, swelling was gone, I was fine.

I re introduced fruit again in my diet but reducing them to 1 or 2 a day, and my gout completely disappeared. I do eat more meat now, and occasionally have an alcoholic drink, and thank God everything seems to be fine. Fructose was my enemy.


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Posted by Tonyccc (Limassol, Cyprus) on 11/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Here is my story. I had my first gout attack about 10 years ago. At the beginning I was having attacks every 6 months. Then gradually I was getting them every 3 months, then every month and eventually every week. It started at my big toe and then it was moving sometimes in my knees, and generally all around my joints, in my feet. And the pain was agonising.

I have tried all the cures you can imagine. I tried ACV, lemons, drinking a lot of water, but to no avail. I tried water fasting, juice fasting, baking soda, again without success. I almost gave up meat, limiting it to only once a week , gave up alcohol completely, again no success. I was living on vegetables, lots and lots of fresh fruit, milk, cheese beans and so on. My eating habits could not be healthier , or so I thought. But my gout was worsening.

Then I decided to increase the amount of fruit I was consuming, thinking that if some fruit is healthy, more fruit will be more healthy. Some days I was eating fruit only , others over 10 portions a day. And alas my gout instead of improving it became chronic, it was there all the time. I was desperate I did not know what to do.

And then one day accidentally I read an article about fructose, which is contained in fruit in large quantities. It said that it increases uric acid, in a matter of minutes. Fructose is also present in table sugar, and in HFCS, which is used in soft drinks. I put two and two together and realised what I was doing wrong. I stopped eating fruit and all other sugars, for a period of 3 weeks, and by magic I saw a dramatic improvement. Pain was gone, swelling was gone, I was fine. I re introduced fruit again in my diet but reducing them to 1 or 2 a day, and my gout completely disappeared. I do eat more meat now, and occasionally have an alcoholic drink, and thank God everything seems to be fine. Fructose was my enemy.


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Posted by Tony (Limasol, Cyprus) on 10/23/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have had gout for years, and tried just about everything without success. I reduced meat to, minimum once a week, stopped alcohol altogether. I was having LOTS of fruit and vegetables and my gout was worsening. Finally I have read something about Excessive fructose increasing uric acid. I experimented reducing my fruit intake to 1 a day, and bingo within days I saw a dramatic improvement. Cherries are the only exception. I eat a lot of them when in season, with no ill effects.


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Posted by Goutman (Jacksonville, Florida Usa) on 10/23/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have gout for over 20 years, first attacks where in the kidney's later in my feet, doctors will set you on medication, what I did was, write down every day (in a map) what you eat and drink, if gout comes up, see what you did eat / drink the day before, so you can see if there is some drink or food that give you gout, my results where, 1e. Sausage meat (pork organ meat) the main reason, 2e. When I eat red meat more than 2 days in a row , 3e same with fish, 4e. all compressed chicken meat 5e. beer, I do not take this food and drinks anymore and are now for more the one year gout FREE!!


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Posted by Lee (Orlando, Florida) on 07/05/2010
4 out of 5 stars

I am a male 58 years old I studied Gout, because it caused me great pain. Solution, I ordered pills of artichoke, turmeric & celery seed,( about 1500 mg of each every day as needed) & drink enough water, no beer, wine or whiskey, for ten years it worked great. Then I discovered the cure for cancer & most arthritis is eating carrots, cabbage, onion & tomato with sweet potato in a stir fry, flavoring it with cream cheese, pasturized cheese, ginger & garlic, & some powdered chicken bollion, eat every day & avoid all sugar (sugar causes all these problems). The gout was also reduced, so I take less of the herbs for gout.


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Posted by Patrick (Portland, Oregon) on 10/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I am a 42 yr. old male who has battled gout for the last three years. My father and a older friend also have it. I figured out that my major episodes with gout happened when I was severely dehydrated, thus exasperating a poor PH balance diet. I have been vigilant about staying hydrated, but also swear by black cherry juice to balance my diet. my problem was my diet-no fruit and way too much salty foods. I really believe every case is different and that even doctors out there don't really know much about it. There are triggers which are unique to your own makeup in my estimation. I stay away from pork, but am able to eat as much steak as I want.


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Posted by TAN KOON PENG (SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE) on 06/20/2008

These foods contains high uric acid and gout patients must avoid them completely!

1 .internal organs of animals, liver, kidney, brain, heart, pancreas!
2. small fishes - ikan bilis, sardins, anchovies!
3. meat- goose and sausages!
4. meat extracts- bovril, oxo, gravies!
5. sea food- scallops, oysters, mussels, fishroes!
6. vegetables- cauliflower, spinach, asparagus!
7. legumes- kacang, peas, lentils, beans!
8. alchohol- beer, wine!
9. others- mushroom, dhall, yeast!

1 tips for removing uric acid from legumes,simply soak it overnight and its free from uric acid! Remember to pour away the water.

The one remedy that everyone seems to agree is very effective-cherries! Eat them fresh or frozen. Also, drink cherry juice daily. You can get pure juice (concentrate) at health food stores.

Caution: Cherry juice has powerful laxitive effects so stay near to toilet and don't hesitate to go to toilet or it will be too late!

Gout comes on suddenly, but you know it when you have it. Caused by a build-up of uric acid in the joints, it usually settles in a persons big toe. Gout is extremely painful, but also extremely treatable.

If you have gout, you probably know it's time to change your diet. Once known as "the disease of kings," it's often brought on by a steady diet of rich foods like red meat, wine, cream sauces and sweets. The closer you stick to vegetarian cuisine, the faster the gout will go.You should stay away from meat.Also, avoid alcohol and eliminate sugar and white flour from your diet. You may start feeling so good that you'll never want to go back to consuming those things.


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Posted by SG (Bakersfield, CA) on 11/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP OVERDOSE. I have a friend that used to have gout. When I met him, he walked like an old man and leaned on shopping carts in the grocery store. Well, after some Internet research, I found that high fructose corn syrup overdose can cause symptoms identical to gout! Keep in mind that high fructose corn syrup is everywhere... not just sodas, I found, but in things like canned string beans! It is very easy to overdose. So, for the next 3 months, he removed high fructose corn syrup, "natural flavoring", and all cooked food with no labels from his diet. Doctors always say to avoid red meats, but to test my pet theory that it was the chemicals the meat is cured in, instead of the meat itself, we ate either pork or beef (bought raw and seasoned at home) almost every day. After three months, it was gone! And he went back to eating high fructose corn syrup, and it is still gone. Amazing!


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Posted by Andy (Hereford, UK) on 01/06/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Giving up alcohol, meat and sugar cured my Gout. I had an attack of Gout, 30th December. Horrific! Years ago I knew a vegan - I have now stopped drinking alcohol, eating meat - including fish - and consuming sugar. The secret seems to me to be to drastically reduce your weight. I need to lose three stone or 40 pounds. have already shed 5 lbs. Also drink plenty of water - two liters a day. Foot back to normal - almost .