How to lower the risk of developing gout? Take extra vitamin c daily!
In a recent study published in the March 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication owned by the American Medical Association, it was found that a higher intake of vitamin C from food or supplement help to lower the risk of developing gout.
The researchers calculated that for every 500 mg increase invitamin C intake, the risk for gout fell by 17%. This was based on the findings that compared with the subjects whosevitamin C intake was less than 250 mg per day, the risk ofgout among those with a daily intake of 500 mg, 1000 mg and 1500 mg were lower by 17%, 34% and 45% respectively. That was irrespective of other gout factors such as diet or alcohol use.
Gout and Vitamin C
The research team concluded that given the general safety profile associated with vitamin C consumption, vitamin C may provide a useful option in the prevention of gout as vitamin C appeared to have the ability to lower the level of uric acid in the blood.
It is believed that vitamin C may affect the re-absorption of uric acid by the kidneys, and also increases the speed at which the kidneys work or protect against inflammation, hence helping to reduce the likelihood of gout developing.