The Effect of Eggs On Your Uric Acid Levels
Gout is a common and painful form of arthritis that develops when there is an excessive amount of uric acid in the body. Sufferers will find that the best option for management and treatment of gout is through dietary and lifestyle changes. When considering diet, sufferers are often encouraged to stay away from certain proteins due to their high level of purines. Purines are a compound that when metabolized by the body turn into uric acid. By avoiding high purine proteins, you reduce the risk of contributing to the already high level of uric acid.
Eggs are a popular form of protein, breakfast food and an absolute favorite in the kitchen. Fortunately, eggs are also low in purines which is good news for those dealing with gout. This means that through moderate consumption eggs can have little to no effect on your uric acid levels. In addition, eggs contain omega-3 fatty acids, powerful anti-inflammatory substance that can help provide relief from gout attacks.
As a popular form of protein eggs are a great replacements for meals that would otherwise have high purine proteins. It’s important to remember that moderation is an important part of your lifestyle change when combatting gout, so while eggs are on the ‘ok-to-consume’ list it’s best to eat only 1 to 6 eggs a week.
Additionally, it’s recommended that you cook your eggs hard-boiled instead of frying them. This is because by frying the eggs, you destroy their natural composition when introducing it to eat and oils. This produces ‘free radicals’ that can wreak havoc in your system and can even contribute to a gout attack. In addition, by hard-boiling eggs you maintain their optimal nutrition level, meaning you get the most out of each meal. When buying eggs, remember that not all eggs are created equal. Opt for free range, organic eggs when and if possible. Free range eggs have a higher amount of omega-3s a beneficial fatty acid for gout relief. If you cannot purchase free range eggs, try getting eggs that are organic and have omega-3 added to them. This ensures that you are eating eggs with the much desired benefits.
Combining a sensible diet with a lifestyle change is the best way to combat your gout. Need help getting started? Take the Gout Quiz to determine your level of severity and receive a personalized treatment plan.
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