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Juicing anti-inflammatory ingredients like pineapple and ginger in a recipe such as Sweet Potato Pie can help to improve gout. When I interviewed Mark Beddoe in November 2013 he told me how he used Sweet Potato Pie in an experiment to see if it would help his gout.

Mark said: “I’m not sure exactly what happened during that day, but I do know that my gout pain and inflammation virtually stopped! It has never subsided that quickly before. At best, with the same level of severity, it typically takes a week, and at worst a couple of weeks. I can only put it down to the juice.”

A juice rich in potassium, vitamin B6, beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C and vitamin E made from sweet potato, pineapple, lemon and ginger

Sweet Potato Pie: A juice rich in potassium, vitamin B6, beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C and vitamin E made from sweet potato, pineapple, lemon and ginger

What is gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis where crystals of sodium urate form inside and around joints.

The most common symptom is sudden and severe pain in the joint, along with swelling and redness. Symptoms develop rapidly and are at their worst point in just 6 to 24 hours. Symptoms usually last for 3 to 10 days.

Whilst some juicing ingredients can help to alleviate gout, other ingredients can contribute to causing a gout attack.

Foods that can cause a gout attack

Some of the most common foods linked with gout attack are red meat, offal (organ meats), seafood, beer, drinks high in sugar, oats, peas, beans / legumes and mushrooms.

There are also a few that might find there way into your juicer:

  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower

All of these foods are high in purines. Purines are found in virtually all foods, but a relatively small number of foods, contain concentrated amounts of purines.

In general, we want purines in our diet. Our bodies break purines down into uric acid, a substance that can help protect our blood vessels from damage and that is a common recycled product when our cells die.

spinach

Spinach is high in purines and can contribute to a gout attack

Return of the gout ‘twinges’

Just as Mark experienced Sweet Potato Pie helping with gout, he has also has recent experience of too much spinach juice giving him ‘twinges’ of a gout attack. Mark has found that by eliminating spinach in his juices the twinges are gone.

Replacing Spinach, Asparagus and Cauliflower helps with gout

For those with a history of gout it may be a good idea to limit the amount of spinach, asparagus and cauliflower you consume.

I would suggest replacing spinach with kale or romaine and replacing cauliflower with broccoli.

If you limit your consumption of foods high in purines and regularly consume freshly extracted pineapple and ginger juice, you may get rid of gout once and for all!

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