Cup of GOUT COFFEE anyone?
Well after years of being told that Coffee can cause or be an enhancement to Gout attacks, now reports are showing that Coffee is actually beneficial to gout sufferers.
Studies at the university of British Columbia by doctor Hyon Choi reveal that after 12 years of tests based on a survey of 50,000 men aged between 40 and 75 years of age with no history of gout ,that 757 men developed gout and the risk was lower for those who drank more coffee.
He also discovered that drinking 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of gout by 40 % and if the coffee consumption increased to 6 cups or more there was a significant change of a 50 to 60% reduction of Gouty signs.Hello Gout Coffee!
Decaffeinated coffee drinkers also appeared to have lessened the Gout attacks.
Tea drinkers had no effect due to their tea intake. ( this would only represent normal tea and not herbal teas )Choi believed that some form of an antioxidant was in coffee which helped alleviate Gout, and that the uric acid levels were lowered due to this antioxidant and not the caffeine itself.
Also reported by a Japanese study that coffee drinking led to lower insulin levels in the blood , which also established a link between higher insulin levels and higher uric acid levels, therefore this is also beneficial to a gout sufferer.
It is funny that this turned up in the news feeds today as only this morning I was considering lowering my intake of coffee from 4 cups a day to 1 due to the possibility that in the long term I may get a Gout attack or at least the coffee could help lead to an attack.
Now its hello coffee machine, no more cup of Gout Coffee!.
There are downsides to too much caffeine though.
Caffeine is the most popular behavior-altering drug in America and for most parts of the world.
The average dose of caffeine is generally 2 to 3 cups a day which is not harmful.
So Just before you go and drink 20 cups of coffee consider what just 4 to 7 cups a day can lead to:
TREMORS OF THE MUSCLES
ABNORMAL HEART RHYTHMS
There you go..
You have been told.
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