by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
What Is Purine?
Purine is a compound found mostly in foods that come from animals. It is very high in organ meats, anchovies, mackerel, and sardines.
Why Should I Follow This Diet?
You may need to be on this diet if you have gout. You may also need to be on it if you have kidney stones or have had an organ transplant.
The body processes purine into uric acid. Too much uric acid can make gout worse. Eating a low-purine diet means less uric acid and less health problems from gout.
Here are some other tips to reduce uric acid:
Think about meeting with a dietitian to create an eating plan.
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review BoardDianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
Last Updated: 3/13/2019
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