Gout is no fun – can dietary supplements help?
A Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews. In systematic reviews we search for and summarize studies that answer a specific research question (e.g. is paracetamol effective and safe for treating back pain?). The studies are identified, assessed, and summarized by using a systematic and predefined approach. They inform recommendations for healthcare and research. looked for evidence on dietary supplements to see if they are effective and safe when taken for chronic gout. The reviewers found:
- no high quality evidence
- low quality evidence which suggested that
- enriched skim milk, compared with standard skim milk or lactose powder, may not reduce the frequency of gout attacks or improve physical function or uric acid levels, but may reduce pain
- compared with the drug allopurinol, the effect of vitamin C supplements on uric acid levels was smaller and probably clinically unimportant
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Andrés M, Sivera F, Falzon L, Buchbinder R, Carmona L. Dietary supplements for chronic gout. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD010156. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010156.pub2 – See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD010156/MUSKEL_dietary-supplements-for-chronic-gout#sthash.ic9wpo3y.dpuf