High Fiber Diet May Help Treat Gout


2017-01-05 16:47

Increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may be just the answer for preventing damage and dysfunction.

Increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may be just the answer for preventing damage and dysfunction.

Gout, a type of arthritis, is caused by having too much uric acid in the blood which can then form crystals within the joints, leading to pain and inflammation. Many doctors suggest reducing the intake of meats as they contain purines, which is broken down in the body to uric acid. In addition to reducing meat, it may also be useful to increase intake of high-fiber fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Brazilian researchers publishing in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggest that increasing intake of fiber may help inhibit gout-related inflammation. The team discovered that the high-fiber diet may trigger microorganisms in the gut to produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which then enhance the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines in the joints.

The findings may also be useful in the treatment of other types of arthritis, says Mauro M Teixeira PhD. "By understanding the way foods interact with living organisms, we may be able to create diets that help people with the disease, as well as their health overall."

Journal Reference:
Angélica T. Vieira, Mauro M. Teixeira et al. Dietary fiber and the short-chain fatty acid acetate promote resolution of neutrophilic inflammation in a model of gout in mice. Journal of Leukocyte Biology, 2017; 101 (1): 275 DOI: 10.1189/jlb.3A1015-453RRR

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