As one is approaching 40 years of age, be careful of gout.
Gout is a condition caused by too much uric acid in the body. This causes tiny crystals of urate to form and deposit in the tissues, thereby causing inflammation, especially the joints.
The uric acid crystals can also become kidney stones and adversely affect kidney function.
Uric acid is the product of the breakdown or metabolism of purines, which are present in our cell DNA. As our body’s cells die, the chromosomes break down and release purines, which are then converted to uric acid. This uric acid is then excreted in the urine and gut.
Gout is associated with obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and dehydration.
Arthritis is the most common way gout presents.
What are the foods rich in purine?
Animal organ: liver, kidneys, brain.
Shellfish: mussels, prawns and crabs.
Beverages: beer, hard liquor.
Soft-drinks: corn-syrup based drinks.