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Woman with gout pain rubbing her foot near the big toe

Answer:

Gout is a type of painful joint inflammation due to elevated blood levels of uric acid, which causes needle-shaped crystals to form around joints, especially in the feet.

There is no cure for gout, but a combination of medications and lifestyle changes (diet and exercise) are typically used to help manage the condition (NIAMS, Gout Overview).

Certain supplements and foods may be beneficial, some may reduce uric acid levels but may or may not reduce gout flare-ups, and some may potentially worsen the condition by increasing levels of uric acid.

In this article we discuss the effects on uric acid levels and gout of fish and fish oil, coffee, beer, animal meat, milk proteins (including whey protein), vegetable proteins, fructose, lemon juice, tart cherry juice, vitamin A, vitamin C, and niacin.

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