Italy's Healthy Little Secret - Broccoli for Gout
January 5, 2012 by Julia.
Now, as gout sufferers, I am sure you have heard tons about what you should be eating and drinking to fend off painful attacks. The biggest factor of course, is to stay away from foods high in purine. Foods like red meats, fish and shell fish, mushrooms and asparagus. One big thing to stay away from is alcohol. Booze is one of the strongest gout aggravators.
But what have you heard about broccoli? Broccoli, a leafy relative of cabbage, is high in many of the vitamins proven to help lower uric acid levels, and as a bonus, it's very low in purine. Broccoli only contains 50-100mg of purine per 100g of the vegetable. When eaten regularly, broccoli is a natural detoxifier, helping to flush out uric acid and free radicals.
Broccoli is rich in fiber and vitamin C, and is a great source of folic acid and potassium. Potassium, along with the magnesium and calcium also found in broccoli, is also good for lowering blood pressure. A great thing about broccoli, with its high levels of dietary fiber, is that it makes you feel full. A nutritious diet is great for keeps gout flares away.
Broccoli is a deliciously versatile vegetable; it can be eaten raw, steamed, or boiled. You can often see it on party trays with dip or in a delicious broccoli salad. For some delicious broccoli recipes please click here.
Broccoli was first used over 2000 years ago. Ever since the Romans started using it in their cooking, broccoli has been turning up in many Italian dishes. It was Italian immigrants who first brought broccoli to North America, but it didn't start gaining popularity until the 1920's.
If a well-balanced diet (including broccoli!), abstaining from alcohol and exercising regularly are helping to control your gout flares, talk to your doctor. They may prescribe you colchicine, a drug proven to lessen the severity of gout attacks, or if taken daily, may prevent them all together. Colchicine can be bought at a discount from a licensed online pharmacy such as Big Mountain Drugs, where you will be taken care of quickly and securely.
Filed under: Alternative Gout Treatment, Gout Food Diet.
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