Have a vegan friend with uric acid problems, would Paleo be right for him?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 05, 2013 at 8:11 PM

I have a friend who is vegan, always lets me know about ti. And when I asked him about why he went vegan, he told me it was because his uric acid levels were high. So he went vegan. As in "meat and animal products elevate uric acid".

So he said he's been fine saying my uric levels must be high on Paleo. Then just the other day he was bedridden and I asked him what the matter was and it's his foot. All swollen up alike when he had his first "uric acid attack". I asked him how and why and he said he was walking down the street and some kids were playing football (that's European football, soccer) and he had kicked the ball with his instep, and he relates the swelling to that. But it was just a normal kick with a football.

Strange. Anyway, would a Paleo diet help with uric acid? Or is it contra-indicated?



on February 05, 2013
at 10:52 PM

Fructose and alcohol correlate highly with gout attacks. More so than meat, but nobody conventional says that.

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on February 05, 2013
at 08:28 PM

"Uric Acid Problems" aka Gout are largely caused by high glycemic diets and alcohol, as both tax the liver which is the organ responsible for uric acid production. The whole "high purine food" thing seems to be a simplistic guess at causation based on faulty assumptions.

I've been able to seriously reduce my number of gout attacks (once or twice a year down from every other month) by going Paleo/Primal and eliminating beer from my diet.

I've seen this link passed around here by other folks and it contains a lot of useful info: http://www.emotionsforengineers.com/2009/09/causes-of-gout.html

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