Gout and protein powder

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    Feb 26, 2015 6:42 PM GMT
    I have been diagnosed with gout and have had a few episodes of gout attacks in the past few years. In my case, high level of uric acid usually coincide with these attacks.

    I work out and have been trying to put on mass and muscles. One of the key nutrients in bulking up and gaining muscle is obviously, protein. I have used a number of protein shakes, and I have noticed, unfortunately, that flare up occurs when I use these shakes.

    So I am looking for advice here and see if any RJ here are facing the same thing and have found a solution. May be a particular brand or protein formula that doesn't trigger any attacks, or some other forms of diets protein source that are less problematic!

    Thanks in advance!
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    Mar 01, 2015 4:04 AM GMT
    I'm glad you brought this up. I'm 52 so the muscle mass loss has begun. My protein intake should increase but I've heard of older folks needing to cut down red meat intake and heard of two people being advised to cut meat from their diets to treat gout and super-gout. What should we do?

    Try Plant Fusion. Maybe Raw. I think both are available at Whole Foods and Health Food Stores.
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    Mar 04, 2015 4:50 PM GMT
    A bit unrelated but I was having health issues I determined was from protein powder too. Not Gout (whatever that is) but sinus infections. Each time I would be on protein powder for more than a week....boom....I'd get a sinus infection. The minute I switched to a vegan protein powder the sinus infections stopped.
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    Mar 05, 2015 9:42 PM GMT
    StephenOABC saidI'm glad you brought this up. I'm 52 so the muscle mass loss has begun. My protein intake should increase but I've heard of older folks needing to cut down red meat intake and heard of two people being advised to cut meat from their diets to treat gout and super-gout. What should we do?

    Try Plant Fusion. Maybe Raw. I think both are available at Whole Foods and Health Food Stores.


    Thanks Stephen! I will try a plant based protein or vegan protein and see if that helps. I read an article about how our bodies react to purine (the substance that breaks down into uric acid) from different sources differently. Meat and fish purine has the most risks and purine from vegetables and dairy are much better.

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    Mar 05, 2015 9:44 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWhat is your alcohol consumption like?


    Close to 0. I drink a glass or two of wine or champagne in a year. No beer, no hard liquor.

    I have heard stories about alcohol being a trigger to gout attacks, especially beer.
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    Mar 09, 2015 10:08 PM GMT
    Diet has a lot to do with gout. Foods that are high in purines increase the levels of uric acid in your blood. People with gout have trouble metabolizing uric acid and it can eventually form crystals in the joints, usually, but not exclusively, the joints of the big toe and foot. The formation of these uric acid crystals are what causes the pain in gout.

    Educate yourself as to what foods are high in purines and stop or limit your intake of these foods. You may well be able to successfully prevent any further gout attacks just by doing this. You'll soon get to know what does and does not work for you diet-wise. Pure protein sources like whey should not cause gout. I suspect something else may be causing yours.

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    If you have tried this and you are still getting more than two gout attacks per year, you may need to start taking medication called Allopurinol, which allows your body to more easily metabolize uric acid.

    Gout can be extremely debilitating, but, with a bit of self-discipline, it is very easy to treat and prevent.
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    Mar 11, 2015 1:35 PM GMT
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    Mar 13, 2015 11:54 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    uberick said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWhat is your alcohol consumption like?


    Close to 0. I drink a glass or two of wine or champagne in a year. No beer, no hard liquor.

    I have heard stories about alcohol being a trigger to gout attacks, especially beer.


    Yes, exactly. Alcohol can be a trigger. Good thing you're aware of this.

    Protein powders can have a lot of crap in them. Perhaps just let that go. Just eat whole foods. Buy liquid egg whites and make a protein drink using that. That's what I do.

    Eat whole foods and drink lots of clean, filtered water. Eat lentils for protein also. Plant based protein should help a lot.

    Let us know what protein powder you're using.


    I second lentils! they're cheap and so easy to prepare as they don't require pre-soaking as other beans do.