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Gout is no fun – can dietary supplements help?


A Cochrane review 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

Sarah Chapman

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Sarah's work as a Knowledge Broker at Cochrane UK focuses on disseminating Cochrane evidence through social media, including Evidently Cochrane blogs, blogshots and the ‘Evidence for Everyday’ series for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and patients. A former registered general nurse, Sarah has a particular interest making evidence accessible and useful to practitioners and to others making decisions about health. Before joining Cochrane, Sarah also worked on systematic reviews for the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Nursing Institute, and obtained degrees in History from the University of Oxford and in the history of women’s health and illness in early modern England (MPhil., University of Reading).

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