A low-purine diet is often prescribed for individuals with gout and Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (a rare genetic disorder that occurs in about 1 out of every 100,000 people). Purines are compounds mainly found in animal protein and are metabolized to uric acid in the body. An effective diet is important to avoid or reduce complications and lessen the need for drug treatment.
The following foods have very high purine levels, and should be avoided completely:
These foods have high purine levels:
These foods have moderately high purine levels:
Low Purine Foods:
A low-purine diet is commonly used to treat gout. Some people need to follow the diet more closely than others to prevent symptoms.
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