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Is Eggplant Good for Gout?By Joe Stone, eHow Contributor
Gout sufferers experience periods of intense pain and swelling of their joints, usually in the big toe. Your diet can play a role in alleviating flare-ups and preventing future attacks. According to the American College of Rheumatology, reducing your consumption of food high in purines can help manage the disease. Eggplant is a food source low in purines.
Gout is primarily caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). gout can also be caused by medications or medical conditions that raise uric acid levels.
Source of Uric Acid
Uric acid found in the blood is primarily the result of the body breaking down "purines, " a nitrogen-based compound found in most foods that is important for energy.
Purine Rich Foods
The level of purines in food varies. On the high end are organ meats, fish roe and red wine. On the low end are most vegetables, including eggplant.
An acute gout attack resulting in severe pain and joint inflammation can only be treated with medication. Although low-purine foods, such as eggplant, will not alleviate the pain or swelling, they should be the food of choice so as not to exacerbate the condition.
Gout cannot be cured, but future gout attacks can be prevented by avoiding food high in purines, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Low-purine foods, such as eggplant, are a good food choice for gout suffers so as to lessen the advent and severity of future attacks.
Joe Stone is a freelance writer in California who has been writing professionally since 2005. His articles have been published on LIVESTRONG.COM, SFgate.com and Chron.com. He also has experience in background investigations and spent almost two decades in legal practice. Stone received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles.
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
- American College of Rheumatology
- Drug Information Online: Low Purine Diet
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