One way or another, moderate to heavy alcohol consumption can pose a threat to our health. Certain conditions such as Gout and Arthritis can be triggered by the consumption of alcohol -- certain types of alcohol more so than others.
People who suffer with RA, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus are advise to stay away from beer due to the gluten content. If you have Celiac disease and consume gluten-laden beer then the immune system attacks the lining of the small intestines. When you increase the inflammatory responses in the body, joint pain can ensue. Some peoples have a histamine intolerance. Histamine is a by-product of the brewing process and can also cause joint pain.
Heavy beer consumption can also cause weight gain adding even more stress to the aching joints. Beer and alcohol consumption can also lead to dehydration. Dehydration can cause increased muscle soreness and joint pain further negatively impacting those suffering with Fibromyalgia. Beer contains various ingredients that could trigger the immune system reaction and directly affect any condition involving joint pain.
Beer happens to negatively impact the Gout sufferer more so than wine and spirits. Why is this? Time and again we have stressed the point of avoiding an obsession with purine content by way of deciding how to control Gout. However, in the case of beer we are dealing with something that is both high purine AND high in acid, as well as other undesirable additives found in most American beer products.
Generally speaking, alcohol can trigger a Gout attack for many reasons. Not only is it acidic in nature, but it also dehydrates, strips vital nutrients, places strain on the liver and kidneys, and makes the cells of the body work harder to regenerate. When you add a high purine content to the above dangers, one is bound to face consequences.
Sadly, we have found most American beers to contain undesirable GMO additives, and even high fructose corn syrup, raising the 'unhealthy and risky bar' that much higher. Do not fear a single, organic sourced beer on occasion, but if Gout free is your goal, you may want to steer clear of much beyond that.
Research on Beer and Gout
In a 2004 study reported in The Lancet, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that men who drink two or more beers a day were two and a half times more likely to get gout than their nondrinking counterparts. They tracked 47,000 male medical staff for 12 years. Even though those that drank wine and liquor experienced an increase risk of Gout, they weren't affected nearly as much as those that consumed beer. Alcohol remained a culprit, while beer posed a higher risk due to the extra purine combination.
A 2014 study published in the American Journal of Medicine tracked 724 people, 3/4 of which were men, for one year and also confirmed an increase in gout that related to the amount of alcohol they consumed. Here again, beer happened to be a driving factor amongst the majority of the participants with higher incidences.
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