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Purine-Rich Food: Foods To Be Eaten In Moderation To Control Gout

Purines are known to be chemical compounds that are widely found in every cell of the human body and in various other plant and animal-based foods. These compounds are colourless and in crystal form. They are broken down into uric acid during digestion process in our body. This whole process is quite healthy as the uric acid acts as a powerful antioxidant, which further protects the layers (lining) of our blood vessels. Not only this, they also have an important role to play in DNA and RNA synthesis. However, excess of purine in our body can result in gout and other serious problems. Therefore, this brings us to the question - is it safe to consume purine-rich foods or not? Let's find out!

Effects Of Purine In Our Body

As we know that having an excess of purine in our body will increase the level of uric acid, which ultimately results in gout. But, what is gout? It is one of the most critical and painful rheumatoid conditions that commonly affect joints, mainly our toe and ankle, and if not treated in time, can lead to serious joint problems.

The symptoms of gout attack are mostly noted to be unexpected. They may, or may not, last for a few days or weeks. In some cases, it starts with a sudden chronic pain in the joints, whereas it shows a few common symptoms before getting serious. These common symptoms include swelling, inflammation, red or purple skin around the joints, and sudden and extreme heating of the joint(s).

However, maintaining a healthy diet can reduce the risk of gout attacks. Therefore, we need to keep a track of the purine-rich foods that we consume on daily basis. According to experts, food items with more than 100 milligrams of purine per 100 grams serving are considered as purine-rich foods, wherein it is advised only to limit our purine intake to less than 100 milligrams a day.

Let's Start With Purine-Rich Vegetables And Fruits:
1. Raisins
2. Broccoli
3. Apricot
4. Artichoke

Now, Let's Talk About Purine-Rich Meat And Seafood:
1. Chicken
2. Salmon
3. Shrimp
4. Pork

Finally, Purine-Rich Beans And Legumes:
1. Moong Beans
2. Soybeans
3. Lentils
4. White Beans

Dr. Jyoti Kumari
Dr. Jyoti Kumari
BDS, Chest Physician Child Abuse Pediatrician, Ranchi
Dr. Hema Chandrashekhar
Dr. Hema Chandrashekhar
BAMS, Ayurveda Family Physician, 28 yrs, Pune
Dr. Vijay E Chaudhari
Dr. Vijay E Chaudhari
BHMS, Homeopath, 25 yrs, Pune
Dr. Yogesh Gholap
Dr. Yogesh Gholap
BAMS, Ayurveda General Physician, 12 yrs, Pune
Dr. Ravindra Borade
Dr. Ravindra Borade
BAMS, Allergist Ayurveda, 11 yrs, Pune