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Cut Your Risk of Gout by 45% with this Vitamin

According to a new study conducted by researchers from Boston University, increasing vitamin C consumption may reduce the risk of gout in men. The results are published in the March 2009 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in men. It is characterized by elevated levels of uric acid in blood. During a gout attack, the uric acid is used to create urate crystals which can be extremely painful.

For the study, researchers recruited 46,994 men back in 1986. None of the men had a history of gout at the beginning of the study but during the 20 year follow up 1,317 cases were diagnosed.

Participants completed a food frequency questionnaire every four years between 1986 and 2006. Researchers used the answers to establish vitamin C intake.

By the end of the study, researchers calculated that for every 500 mg increase in vitamin C consumption, gout risk was reduced by 17%.

In fact, compared to men with vitamin C levels under 250 mg, those with an intake between 500 to 999 mg reduced gout risk by 17%, men with an intake between 1,000 to 1,499 mg reduced their risk by 34% and those with an intake over 1,500 mg reduced their risk by 45%.

The benefits were associated with both food and supplement vitamin C sources.
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