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Is it safe to take Omega 3 capsules, rich in fish oils, if you have a propensity to gout?
Medics advise eating Omega-3 fatty acids 3 times a week to protect your heart & also possibly to prevent or slow down dementia, & to lower inflammation & joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, among other things.Omega 3 is found in oily fish - herring, mackerel, salmon, tuna, sardines & anchovies which are high in purines, causing the body to produce a build-up of uric acid as a waste product.This may cause Gout, a type of arthritis causing tenderness & swelling of joints, especially the big toe.Should you therefore avoid Omega-3 in pill form although it is said to reduce inflammation?
Gout is a funny thing. Some people with gout can eat seafood and some people can't. I cannot eat shellfish without a major attack, but cod and salmon do not seem to bring on an attack.
You need to figure out what you are eating that causes a gout attack and then stop eating that thing. It's hard, but once you figure it out, it's much easier to control gout attacks.
Make sure you are getting enough potassium, vitamin C, and zinc.
I take CoQ10 supplements instead of omega3 or fish oils.
So are we saying that one should not take Omega 3 if one has a propensity to gout?
At the time when I had gout for about 10 days, a year ago, I was regularly eating dark green vegetables, asparagus, lots of oily fish and shell fish. I was specifically eating these things after medical guidance to assist with other health problems. After the flare-up, I cut them all out of my diet. I do now eat all these things, but in very moderate quantities on an irregular basis. This seems to have done the trick (fingies crossed) and I haven't had a further outbreak of gout. Indeed, I have only had gout twice, once about 20 years ago, and once last year. People say it can be caused by drinking wine regularly as well, but I am not a wine drinker, so it must have been caused by so-called "rich" food.
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