Are Oranges Bad For Gout?


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No, oranges aren't bad for gout, and may actually help to reduce bouts of gout.  The reason for this is because oranges (and other fruits and vegetables) contain essential vitamins and minerals that help to keep the body healthy.

What is gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis that's caused when sodium urate crystals form around the joints.  The main symptoms of gout include severe pain, and swelling around the joints (commonly the big toe).

What causes gout?

Gout is caused by a build up of uric acid that would normally be disposed of by the kidneys, and due to this, crystals of sodium urate form in and around the joints. 

How is gout treated?

Gout is treated in a couple of ways.  The first involves icing the swollen areas and taking anti-inflammatory medication.  The second method is via lifestyle changes, including losing weight, and changing diet.

Here's a quick video talking about methods of treating gout:

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