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06/16/2009 - News

Drink More Orange Juice to Prevent Gout

By: June Chen, MD

The painful symptoms of gout are caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals on the cartilage of joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues.

Although previous studies have shown that higher vitamin C intake reduces uric acid levels in the blood, the relationship between vitamin C and gout was not well-known. Now, researchers report in the March 9, 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine that higher vitamin C intake is associated with a lower risk of gout, independent of other factors .

Scientists from Harvard Medical School and their colleagues examined the risk of gout in 46,994 men with no history of gout over a 20-year follow-up period. They assessed vitamin C intake ever 4 years using a questionnaire. During the follow-up period, 1317 of the study participants were diagnosed with gout. The researchers found that risk of gout decreased with increasing levels of vitamin C intake.

Based on the findings of this study, higher vitamin C intake seems to reduce the risk of gout. Using vitamin C supplements might be beneficial in the prevention of gout and, perhaps future studies will focus on determining whether vitamin C supplements can also reduce the frequency painful flare-ups among those who already suffer from gout.


Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(5):502-507.

Created on: 03/18/2009
Reviewed on: 06/16/2009

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