2. Foods High in Vitamin C
We’ve already noted that citrus fruits (i.e., lemons and oranges) are great alkaline foods (the opposite of acidic), which can help manage uric acid and the formation of flare-up triggering uric acid crystals in joints, providing relief from a gout flare up. Too much acidity (acidosis) within the body can trigger a painful gout attack or cause kidney stones to form.
However, citrus is also rich in vitamin C, which a 2011 study from the American College of Rheumatology, credited with significantly combating high uric-acid in the body as well. Further studies indicate that a diet rich in citrus fruits (i.e., lemons, oranges, clementines, and tangerines) can aid the dissolving process of uric acid in the blood. Think about it this way, lemon is a liver stimulant so it makes sense that the citric acid in lemons would level out the body’s pH level (or acidosis) and prevent uric acid from crystallizing to cause a gout attack. Lemon juice works by triggering the formation of calcium carbonate to neutralize uric and other bodily acids. Health experts recommend drinking lemon water following meals to stop gouty flare ups and to improve digestion.