Gout and Mushrooms

Gout and Mushrooms

Mushrooms in a Gout Diet

Love meat but need to cut down on it cause you suffer from gout? Here’s an idea! Replace meat with mushrooms! Yes mushrooms! Mushrooms are low in calories and help control your appetite. Mushrooms are a great food to help control your weight which is an important benefit to the gout sufferer. To date there is no evidence that fruits, vegetables or mushrooms cause gout or make your gout worse. Anybody that tells you otherwise, you should watch out for. They don’t have your best interests at heart or simply are dazed and confused.

Did you know that of the 140,000 species of mushrooms, science is only familiar with only 10%? Although mushrooms are meaty, chewy and juicy they can’t really replace meat cause a 3 ounce serving has just 3 grams of protein compared to 20 grams of protein that can be had with a 3 ounce serving of chicken or beef. Portobello mushrooms are known as the vegetarian’s steak after all but it won’t fill you for too long.

Mushrooms carry beta-glucans which is a type of carbohydrate found in mushrooms and is a strong anti-inflammatory that helps protect you from gout. They are a great source of vitamins B, selenium, copper, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, manganese, riboflavin, niacin, ergothioneine which is a powerful antioxidant and many other vitamins and minerals.

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There aren’t any studies conducted with mushrooms for gout sufferers but there is one that was done with people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis with Reishi mushrooms also known as Ganoderma lucidum “the Mushroom of Immortality”. In the 2007 study published by the University of Hong Kong, the polysaccharide peptides in Reishi were found to “significantly inhibit the proliferation of Rheumatoid Arthritis Synovial Fibroblasts (RASF).”Reishi mushrooms helps regulate cells that influence the immune system, helping calm down overactive cells that affect autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Remember gout is also an autoimmune disorder. You can consume Reishi mushrooms in the form of capsules and/or tea.

Another mushroom that shows much promise is Cordyceps that has long been used in Chinese medicine and helps protect your liver and kidneys, helps increase blood flow normalizes cholesterol levels which all good stuff for us gout sufferers and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers having extremely potent anti-inflammatory characteristics.

One thing scientists are beginning to recognize is that mushrooms carry what they consider a “master antioxidant” which is called ergothioneine and is exclusive to mushrooms protecting our DNA from oxidative damage.

At the end of the day, mushrooms should be included in your gout diet and enjoy a mushroom burger from time to time. Skip the meat!

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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  • Bill

    Reply Reply August 7, 2016

    Thanks for the great info. I too am afflicted by gout and have a genetic predisposition. My first acute attack was brought on by over indulging in shiitake mushrooms. I was eating a pan full of shiitake a day, every day for a few weeks before my gout flared up and drove me to the doctor. I know my story doesn’t represent a balanced diet or moderate mushroom intake, but I did want to share my experience.
    The question I would like to ask is there a direct relationship between the quantity of purine rich foods and the formation of uric acid? What I’m trying to get at, is it foolish for me to eliminate the pinch of reishi mushroom i consume as tea? It probably weighs less than a gram and, as you point out above, has remarkable healing properties. Additionally, I’m sure that my reishi tea helps me hydrate. I’m currently experiencing a mild recurrence of gout so I’ve stopped consuming beer, figs, & reishi.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply August 7, 2016

      Hi Bill!

      In general the more purines you consume the more the likelihood of worsening your gout but purines from vegetables are not considered the same as purines from meat. And a pinch of reishi mushroom that you consume as a tea will not directly cause any flares or gout attacks.

  • Veronica Houk

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Oh this is good news! I was hoping to be able to replace some meat with mushrooms but was afraid to since I hear mushrooms were on the “do not eat” list! Thank you so much!!

  • Shirley Bennett

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    I am so confused.Some people say do not eat mushrooms other say it’s okay.
    Please help me.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply December 1, 2015

      Eat them! Do not worry, purines in vegetables are not high enought to make a dent towards your uric acid levels.

  • Peter

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    Very interesting Spiro although one your earlier posts, “Gout and Purines” includes mushrooms in a middle group of foods that contain relatively high levels of purines. It is good to know that I don’t have to avoid mushrooms. I often use them to cook with together with meats, so was wondering whether I should stop using them.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply December 1, 2015

      The purine content found in mushrooms won’t do anything to move the needle on raising uric acid levels, it’s still relatively low, remember every food has purines but it’s the animal proteins or meat that are the real culprits as well as foods that are high in sugar, high fructorse corn syrup and preservatives.

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