Higher Vitamin C Intake Associated With Lower Risk of Gout
Researchers from Vancouver General Hospital, designed a study to examine the benefits of a high vitamin C diet for preventing gout. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that higher dietary vitamin C was associated with a lower risk of gout.
About the Study
The study was designed as a prospective
Compared to men that consumed less than 250 mg per day of vitamin C, the risk of gout was:
- 17% lower for men with a daily vitamin C intake of 500-999 mg
- 34% lower for men with a daily vitamin C intake of 1,000-1,499 mg
- 45% lower for men with a daily vitamin C intake of greater than or equal to 1,500 mg
How Does This Affect You?
Vitamin C appears to be beneficial in decreasing the risk of gout. Fortunately, vitamin C is pretty well tolerated, even at doses well above the recommended dietary allowance. The upper limits studied here still fell below the maximum daily recommended intake of 2,000 mg/day.
If your risk for gout is low, a diet rich in vitamin C (eg, high in fresh
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Choi HK, Gao X, Curhan G. Vitamin C intake and the risk of gout in men: a prospective study. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Mar 9;169(5):502-507.
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