After a gout diagnosis, you and your senior loved one may be looking at what foods to eliminate from his or her diet. But did you know there are actually certain foods that can help relieve the discomfort and pain caused by gout? If you provide home care for a senior loved one with gout, here are just a few foods you might add to the daily menu, shared by experts of home care San Antonio families can rely on.
Although it’s not a food, research has shown that those who drink five to eight glasses of water in a day are about 40 percent less likely to experience a gout attack compared to those who drink fewer glasses.
Cherries are not just a sweet and tasty fruit, but also a way to help reduce gout flare-ups. The antioxidants present in cherries and cherry extract help maintain a normal level of uric acid. One study found that eating 20 cherries a day nearly cut the risk of recurrent gout attacks by nearly 50 percent.
Vegetables high in fiber, rich in antioxidants, and low in purines can help seniors with gout manage uric acid levels. Antioxidants protect from free radicals, while fiber promotes digestive health and slows the absorption of nutrients, which is actually a benefit when trying to keep uric acid levels low. Good choices include tomatoes, red cabbage, kale, carrots, and raw onions, while veggies like lentils, mushrooms, and asparagus should be enjoyed in moderation.
Flax seed contains essential omega-3 fatty acids that may help reduce inflammation and lower levels of uric acid. Although research is ongoing, two recent studies found regularly consuming a flax supplement lowered uric acid levels by as much as 34 percent.
If your senior loved one has gout and could use a helping hand with anything from running errands to preparing inflammation-reducing meals, turn to San Antonio Home Care Assistance. Our experienced caregivers in San Antonio can grocery shop, cooking, clean, offer mobility support, and provide emotional support and companionship. To learn more, please give us a call at (210) 495-6300 and schedule a free in-home consultation.