Gout is a form of arthritis that develops when there is a high level of uric acid in the blood. The acid forms needle-shaped crystals which are then deposited in the joints causing inflammation and severe pain. Redness, warmth, and swelling commonly accompany flare-ups. One way to lessen the chance of a gout flare-up is to follow a low-purine diet which decreases the level of uric acid in the body.
Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the bloodstream. Most uric acid is made naturally by the body. Diet provides about a third in the form of purines which the body then converts to uric acid. Uric acid is typically flushed out by the kidneys, but in the case of excess, it can become deposited in the joints. Avoiding foods high in purine is key to controlling gout.
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