A diet low in purines is a diet that will produce low levels of uric acid. This type of diet is commonly referred to as the uric acid diet. Many gout sufferers, myself included, know that an excess build up of uric acid in the body is what causes a gout attack. Therefore, eating a low uric acid diet is the best way to prevent gout.
There is no cure for gout. In other words, there is no magic pill you can take that will eliminate gout attacks. There is, however, much you can do to successfully limit or completely prevent gout attacks from occurring. I haven’t had an attack of gout for almost four years.
Exercise is important. You don’t have to be a triathlete but 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, two or three times a week will go a long way in helping your body to rid itself of the uric acid that is in there. Eating a diet that is low in purines is even more important.
What to eat: Foods that are low in sugar and salt are great. Instead of using salt to season your food, use herbs like basil, marjoram and oregano. These herbs are great gout preventors. Eat brown rice, whole wheat breads, and lots of fruits and vegetables. Be careful with the fruits and vegetables, though. Some of them actually contain high levels of purines. Cherries are probably the best food out there for preventing an attack. Not only is it low in purines but they are very high in fiber which helps to flush everything out and they are a natural anti inflammatory.
What Not to eat: Shellfish, spinach, salt and sugar, alcohol, caffeine, diet soda, red meats. I know it sounds like you can’t eat anything good but the truth is you can eat all of these things and still prevent an attack if you eat them in certain combinations.