Vitamin C and Gout
Friday, July 10, 2009

Boosting vitamin C intake may be a simple way to help prevent one of the most common forms of arthritis. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at a new studyís conclusions in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

A study shows vitamin C, best known for fighting colds, may also prevent gout.

Researchers found men who had the highest vitamin C intake from supplements and food were up to 45 percent less likely to have gout than those who had the lowest.

Other studies have suggested that vitamin C appears to prevent gout by reducing levels of uric acid in the blood. Buildup of uric acid can lead to the formation of crystals, which can deposit in the body, leading to the pain, inflammation and swelling associated with gout.

In the study, researchers looked at 47,000 healthy men who answered questionnaires detailing vitamin C intake.

Men with a vitamin C intake of 1,500 milligrams or more per day had a 45 percent lower risk of gout compared with those who had a vitamin C intake of less than 250 milligrams per day.

Researchers found that for every 500 milligrams of vitamin C the men took, the risk of gout was reduced by an additional 15 percent.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.