As a fellow sufferer of gout, and a lover of sushi, this is a topic near and dear for me and I’m always on the lookout for gout remedies.  As a physician I have told my patients for years to avoid high purine foods such as some of my favorites: organ meats (liver), seafood (salmon and mussels), alcoholic beverages such as beer, and sugary drinks with fructose. In this article, I have some good news, at least on the sushi front.

Gout Remedies Utilizing Diet

At a recent rheumatology conference Dr. MaryAnn Zhang, from the Boston University of Medicine, reported that dietary omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish appear to be protective against recurrent gout attacks.  Gout remedies are diverse but you can read some about that here: Gout treatments

Unfortunately, for those of you who hate fish, omega-3 supplements do not appear to be protective.  In Dr. Zhang’s study, supplements didn’t work like actual fish consumption.

Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory effects while omega-6 can worsen inflammation. Diets rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have shown various positive effects in patients such as, decreased use of medications like ibuprofen, less morning stiffness, and fewer tender joints in rheumatoid arthritis.  That’s great news for gout sufferers.

This comes from a preliminary study of 724 participants followed between 2003 – 2012. The participants recorded their food, supplements, medications and occurrence of gouty attacks. While the fish seems to be protective, the use of omega-3 supplements and other foods with equal amounts of omega-3 and omega-6, such as spinach, had no effect. Foods like eggs with low levels of omega-3 relative to omega-6 increased the risk of gout flares.

If someone you know suffers from gout, share this article with them, it could mean relieving them of incredible discomfort.  Gout remedies that work aren’t easy to come by, so put another one in the fish corner and I will see you tonight at the sushi bar.

Great Health,
James Krider, MD