Is Cabbage Bad for Gout? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Cabbage is good for gout. Because it has vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants and they can lower uric acid levels, reduce inflammation, and prevent gout attacks.

Gout is a condition that affects your joints, especially the big toe.

In gout, your body produces too much uric acid, a waste product that forms sharp crystals in your joints.

This can lead to various health problems, such as pain, swelling, inflammation, and kidney stones.

One of the key factors in managing gout is diet.

What you consume can affect your uric acid levels, which can impact your gout symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage gout, you should consume low-purine foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products and avoid high-purine foods like red meat, organ meat, seafood, alcohol, and sugary drinks.

Now, cabbage is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the cruciferous family.

People usually eat it raw, cooked, or fermented (for dishes such as sauerkraut or kimchi).

Cabbage is good for gout because it contains vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.

Vitamin C can help lower uric acid levels and prevent gout attacks.

Fiber can help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can also benefit gout.

Antioxidants can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which can worsen gout.

One cup of raw cabbage can give you 36% of your daily vitamin C needs, 2 grams of fiber, and various phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Vitamin C can help increase the excretion of uric acid through the urine and reduce its formation in the body.

Fiber can help lower the absorption of purines from food and improve the gut microbiota, which can affect uric acid metabolism.

Antioxidants can help scavenge free radicals and protect the cells and tissues from damage.

Furthermore, cabbage is a low-purine food and low-purine foods are good for gout.

Because, high-purine foods can increase the production of uric acid and trigger gout attacks.

You can eat up to 3 cups of cabbage per day safely.

More than that can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

Also, you shouldn’t eat cabbage if you have thyroid problems or are taking blood thinners to prevent bleeding.

Because, cabbage contains goitrogens, which can interfere with thyroid function, and vitamin K, which can affect blood clotting.

You can buy fresh cabbage in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose firm, compact, and heavy heads that are free of bruises, cracks, or insect damage.

Because, these indicate freshness and quality.

You can store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing gout effectively.

I always recommend my gout patients to follow a gout-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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