and yeast products that cause gout
Gout is a type of arthritis that usually affects the joints, most often those in the big toe , but can also affect the knees, elbows, thumbs or fingers.
Gout is caused by deposits of urate crystals in the joints.
Urate is one of the breakdown products of compounds called purines. Purines, which are broken down to urate and uric acid originate from two sources, dietary protein and body synthesis.
If you are prone to gout it is recommended that you avoid high purine protein foods such as oily fish (sardines, anchovies, mackerel) offal, red meat, yeast, beer & wine.
Red yeast rice is a traditional Chinese medicine used to treat high cholesterol. I am not certain if red rice yeast can raise serum uric acid levels which could precipitate an attack of gout therefore recommend you check with your doctor before taking red yeast rice.
- Red Yeast Rice Information for Consumers
- Red Yeast Rice Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Red Yeast Rice (detailed)
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