Are Dairy Products Good For Gout?
Before we get to what products, specifically the dairy products to take, first you need to understand how a gout attack happens.
Gout attack takes place when someone with a higher than normal levels of uric acid has a build-up of the acid around a joint causing a painful gout flare.
This is as a result of the formation of uric crystals around the joint. A common site for this condition is the big toe joint, but it can also occur in the elbow, wrist, finger, knee or ankle.
There are many things including stress, alcohol and some foods that play part in the increase of uric acid level in the body, which is why it important we follow the right measures to ensure that we stay in control.
Lowers Uric Acid
Over the years researchers have proven that dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cheese help increase the excretion of uric acid in the body.
Orotic is a substance in milk that plays the major role of helping the kidney remove excess uric acid. It decreases the re-absorption of uric acid and also promotes excretion of uric acid by the kidneys.
Scholars suggest that dairy products in the human body causes something called the “Uricosuric Effect” of the milk proteins; lactalbumin and casein – which help protect against gout.
It is for this reason that lately milk products have received many accolades from the medical fraternity for the role they have played as an essential dietary factor in the reduction of risks involved in gout development.
For existing gout sufferers – myself included, it is recommended that we consume these products to enable us manage the condition.
Cheese, cream and butter are low purine; this is why experts recommend at least four servings each day to help reduce the risk of gout development by 40%.
According to purine table, milk products contain 0 – 50mg of purine per 100gms of food making them very low in purine, even though scientist openly admit there is no way to measure purines in any food.
Because of its acute urate-lowering effect, milk products are excellent for both middle aged and the elderly since with time the level of uric acid in human body tends to rise. In theory, it could give children a head-start in preventing gout in the future.
A Glass A Day Chases The Gout Away
As a gout sufferer, I try to have at least one glass of milk daily, plus another serving of dairy like real cheeses (no processed junk with added sugars) or sugar free yogurt.
A recent study that involved almost 15,000 Americans consistently drinking at least a glass a day for a period of six years showed that they had a 0.25mg/dL lower serum UA level than those who didn’t.
For the people who ate various kinds of cheese, the performance was slightly higher than those who only took milk and yogurt. It is therefore better you eat a couple stalks of cheese with celery at a time, or even cheddar which is a great anti-gout snack. Celery helps excretion of uric acid, so combinations of good foods compound the effects.
A study done in 2010, the “Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases”, showed that skim milk had the capacity to lower uric acid by up to 10% in only three hours, and at the same time quickly increasing the excretion of uric acid.
While various foods have been proven to increase the risk of gout, others including skim milk significantly reduce this risk making them not only protective but preventive too.
In 2011, the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS) stated that milk products were associated with lower gout risk, with a multivariate risk of 0.82gms per daily serving of the dairies.
There was also another study by the Nurse’s Health Study (NHS) that showed a strong inverse association between milk product consumption versus the incidence of gout.
Dairy fractions have also been confirmed to possess anti-inflammatory features, and in experimental models glycomarcropeptide and G600 milk fat extract were proven that they contain an inhibitory effect and also have the capacity to regulate inflammatory response when dealing with monosodium urate crystals.
Water + Milk
Since uric acid is not very soluble, you need to drink a lot of water for the excretion including halting uric crystallization. Although milk is 88% water, it does not dilute the acid, unlike plain water which is pH neutral and can be alkalized to dilute the acid to reduce the urate-effect.
Drinking 10×8 ounces of milk everyday is a tall order; one or two glasses plus the standard eight glasses of water is more realistic. Use some common sense and you will see results.
In case you are lactose intolerant, meaning you cannot digest the main sugar in milk, use lactose-free milk found in your local supermarket including health food stores.
The Real Solution To Gout And Gout Attacks!
I watched my mother, who is now in her 70’s reverse diabetes. That was powerful and she did it with diet.
I have now been gout attack free for years by controlling my diet. It was easy for a mother because there are tons of diabetic cookbooks on the market, but that’s not the case with gout.
The good news for you? I have already tried all of the available gout cookbooks and systems online (Hell yeah I tried, you know this crap is painful). But, none of them actually worked for me.
This is my method that actually worked. Through the research that I’ve done, I put together a method that finally worked for me and now I can eat what I want, when I want without having to worry about it.
Do yourself a favor, stop looking for certain foods to eliminate or cure your gout issue. There is no silver bullet home remedy. You must change your daily diet or you will suffer.
Think diet is BS?
Let me show you a documentary that will likely open your eyes like never before. All of this with diet!
Take your time, watch it and check out that book I linked to.
The right diet for gout is your only real solution.
There is no one food that causes or reduces gout to any significant degree other than sugars
No matter how impressive some of these single foods act scientifically, none of them alone will make a significant different in gout or gout attacks, but when used in combination, they can be powerful at stopping gout attacks.
An example would be if you strictly used dairy products, you would get limited results, but if you use cherries and pineapple in the same day, you would get more effective relief. Throw in some potassium and apple cider vinegar and you increase the effect even more.
Now, for comparison, if you continue to drink soft-drinks or sweet tea all day, nothing can overcome it other than colchicine, allopurinol and other pharmaceuticals. But as soon as you stop the meds, the attacks will return.
Not only that, but if you don’t do something significant about the problem other than taking drugs, the problem (gout) will eventually outgrow the power of these drugs. Have you had meds raised or changed to stronger versions? I know many who have.
Meats causing gout or gout attacks is simply not supported by science.
There is no one food that causes or reduces gout to any significant degree other than sugars…fructose in particular is very nasty when it comes to gout.
The trick is to make sure you eliminate as much sugar, carbs and processed foods from your diet as possible. Then just keep a balance of what most refer to as good foods and bad foods for gout.
You should take a serious look at our homepage and you will understand my point, It will show you that there is no science that any particular foods, other than sugars and carbs, can cause or increase gout attacks and higher purine levels. The worst part is that if today’s sugars were mostly eliminated from the western diet, most disease and conditions would magically evaporate into thin air.
It’s been known since the 1960’s that fructose spikes insulin and purine production through a complex system, starting in the liver. It’s also know that the reaction is much more severe in people who already suffer from gout.