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Fish Oil and Uric Acid

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In this video, we’ll be discussing Fish Oil and Uric Acid.

If you have done any semblance of research related to gout, you’ll know that uric acid blood levels is something many people gauge on their risk for a gout flare up. The higher the uric acid level, the higher the chances of a flare-up. 

To take that a step further, it is important to find out what raises uric acid, especially when it comes to diet. 

Fish and shellfish have been heavily discussed food sources in terms of its uric acid contribution.

And although certain people have certain triggers when it comes to a flare up, I know shellfish and sushi in particular are a trigger for me. People tend to associate cold water fish like tuna and salmon as one that may increase uric acid levels. Shellfish such has lobsters, shrimp, and mussels also tend to get a ‘warning label’ for those who suffer from gout due to their association with increasing uric acid levels.

But what about a fish oil supplement?

Fish oil has been touted as a beneficial supplement to a healthy diet, but what does the research say about fish oil and uric acid in particular? 

Let’s dive into that now.

First, what is it in fish that leads to a cause on uric acid? 

It is what we know as purines. The higher purines in a food item, the greater the chance of that increasing uric acid levels. It is the purines in fish and shellfish that, in simple terms, converts into uric acid and build up of uric acid in the joints. 

Secondly, what is in some fish and seafood that could potentially help prevent gout?

It seems that with a diet of fatty fish in particular, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects which may decrease gout flare up. Fatty fish in this group include those such as salmon, trout, and sardines.

Now that we’ve broken down these two sides of consuming fish, we must ask does Fish Oil supplements contain High Purines that may increase gout?

The answer to that question is no if it is pure and processed properly. If you buy fish oil that is pharmaceutical grade and has been molecularly distilled you should be able to absorb omega-3 fatty acids without the high purines associated with eating some fish in a fish oil supplement.

Sounds good right?

Well, the other caveat to this is that studies are finding that eating fatty fish through your diet and not through supplements seem to be more beneficial in staving off a gout attack. 

It appears that the biologically active omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids available in supplements are far below those required to see a great benefit for those with gout.

In conclusion, it seems as though consuming fish through diet has the best gout prevention benefits, though you must also take this with a grain of salt as for some a strong trigger point might be fish itself. One thing I think we can all agree on is to take everything in moderation and if you do eat fish, to make sure you are eating fatty fish like salmon, mackerel or herring. 

A higher dose of omega-3 supplements might be able to match the benefits of eating fish, but it doesn’t seem like such a clear takeaway. 

You may have to try out what works best for your diet to see if fish oil by diet or by supplement works best for your gout treatment and prevention. 

We here at GoutInformation are appreciative of your time and want to help you treat your gout but of course suggest speaking with your physician for any questions regarding your gout and new changes to your diet and supplement regimen.

To learn more about fish oil and gout please see the links in the description and visit to learn more about uric acid and other supplements. 

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