Tag: purines

Protein: Getting the Most from Your Body’s Essential Building Blocks

Your body needs protein for everything from maintaining skeletal muscles to transporting vital molecules, breaking down toxins, and other maintenance. Protein is essential to forming new cells and repairing old ones. The amino acids that make up proteins form the precursors of enzymes and hormones, and help protect the body

The Four Causes of Arthritis

The Four Causes of Arthritis

Arthritis refers to joint inflammation, but the term also is more loosely used to describe any disorder that affects the joints. It is a symptom, rather than a specific disease. Arthritic conditions fall into a wider disease category known as “rheumatic diseases.” There are more than 100 types, each with

Gout Foods: Keep These 6 Items in Your Diet

Gout Foods: Keep These 6 Items in Your Diet

If you’re suffering from the pain and discomfort of gout, foods containing high levels of purine—among them organ meats and certain seafood—should be avoided. But what about foods that are safe to eat and might even help improve your condition?

Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in

Gout: A Type of Arthritis That is Linked With Heart Disease

When you picture someone with gout, you may think of an older, overweight man who likes his burgers and Budwieser—and that wouldn’t be inaccurate. Being male and eating a diet that’s high in red meat, seafood, and alcohol—particularly beer—are common risk factors for gout.

But gout also can be a painful,

1. Introduction to Arthritis

If you have pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling, or redness in a joint or joints, you may well have arthritis. Arthritis is defined as inflammation of one or more joints. It is the most common cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 54 million Americans (about one in

8. Expand Your Protein Options

Despite what you might hear from food companies, most Americans get plenty of protein. The picture may be somewhat different for older individuals, however. An emerging scientific consensus says some older adults could benefit from increasing their protein intake beyond the current dietary recommendations. Evidence also is mounting that the

Ask the Experts: Baker’s Cyst; Diet & Arthritis, Easing Depression

Q: I’ve recently noticed a slight bulge behind my knee. I have osteoarthritis in the joint, and I’m wondering if the swelling is connected to this?
A: It sounds as if you may have a baker’s cyst. These occur due to a buildup of synovial fluid (a viscous fluid that lubricates

What Is Gout?

What Is Gout?

Gout, a form of arthritis, occurs when uric acid crystals are deposited in the joints. Uric acid forms when the body metabolizes substances called purines, which are found in a variety of foods. In further answering the question “What is gout?” we should describe the impact food can have.

Gout is

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