Is Pomegranate Good for Gout? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Pomegranate is good for gout. Because it has polyphenols and other nutrients that can lower uric acid levels and prevent inflammation.

Gout is a condition that affects your joints.

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

This causes pain, swelling, redness and inflammation.

This can lead to various health problems, such as joint damage, kidney stones, and cardiovascular diseases.

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 antioxidant-rich foods like cherries, berries, and citrus fruits, and avoid purine-rich foods like red meat, organ meats, and seafood.

Now, pomegranate is a fruit that has a thick skin and many seeds inside.

People usually eat the seeds or drink the juice of pomegranate.

Pomegranate is good for gout because it contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants that can lower uric acid levels and prevent inflammation.

One study found that pomegranate juice reduced uric acid levels by 12.9% in people with hyperuricemia.

Another study found that pomegranate extract reduced joint tenderness in people with rheumatoid arthritis, a related condition.

One cup of pomegranate seeds can give you 144 calories, 3 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, 30% of your daily vitamin C, and 12% of your daily potassium.

Vitamin C can help your kidneys excrete uric acid, while potassium can help balance the pH of your urine and prevent kidney stones.

Fiber can help you feel full and maintain a healthy weight, which is important for gout prevention.

Polyphenols can positively affect gout by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, which are the main causes of gout flares.

They can also inhibit the enzyme xanthine oxidase, which is responsible for producing uric acid in the body.

Furthermore, pomegranate is a fruit and fruits are good for gout.

Because, fruits are low in purines and high in water, which can help dilute uric acid and flush it out of the system.

You can eat one to two cups of pomegranate seeds per day safely.

More than that can cause stomach upset, diarrhea, or allergic reactions.

You can also drink pomegranate juice, but make sure it is 100% pure and not sweetened with added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, which can worsen gout.

Also, you shouldn’t eat pomegranate if you have kidney disease or take blood thinners to prevent bleeding.

Because, pomegranate can interfere with your kidney function and increase your risk of bleeding.

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

Always choose pomegranates that are heavy, firm, and free of cracks or bruises.

Because, these indicate freshness and quality.

You can store them in a cool, dry place for up to a month, or in the refrigerator for up to two months.

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.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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