Blueberries, Strawberries and Pineapple
While cherries are the best fruit someone with gout can eat, many fresh berries are beneficial.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals that prevent and reduce inflammation and pain. They are low in calories and high in vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient that supports the healing of tissues. Blueberries also contain ample fiber that aids elimination of toxins and inflammatory compounds.
Strawberries contain salicylates, which are compounds similar to the pain-relieving anti-inflamatory compounds found in aspirin. Salicylates have been shown to work more slowly than aspirin, but they work for longer periods of time. Salicylates in strawberries do not cause stomach irritation.
Strawberries also contain vitamin C, which is a potent anti-inflammatory compound necessary for tissue repair. They have an alkaline pH which helps to prevent uric acid crystal formation, and possess mild diuretic properties that facilitate the removal of uric acid from the body.
As a bonus, strawberries also provide healthy potassium, and they may help to reduce high blood pressure.
Pineapples are a good source of fiber. They contain an enzyme called bromelain, which is used by leading herbal experts as an agent to decrease joint pain. Bromelain supports healthy digestion too.
Low Purine Vegetables
Vegetables are important for your overall health. Opt for veggies low in purine, like lettuce, beets and cucumber. Red cabbage and red peppers are low in purine and also packed full of antioxidants, making them an excellent addition to your diet.
Raw carrots and onions are also good choices as they are low in purine and high in fiber.
Herbs and Spices
Ginger is warming, spicy herb that improves circulation and relieves pain. Healthy circulation is important as it aids removal of uric acid crystals from the body. Multiple studies indicate that ginger is an excellent tonic for the entire body.
Turmeric contains yellow plant pigments that aid healing and support total body wellness. The spice contains a compound that prevents prostaglandins from forming. Prostaglandins are released as a result of inflammation within the body. As prostaglandin production decreases, pain, swelling, redness, and deformity diminish.
Turmeric also aids the body’s production of a steroid which is called cortisone. Cortisone is a very potent compound that reduces pain and inflammation.
Now you know what foods you should be eating, check out our list of foods to avoid for gout.