Joint pain: What are the culprits?

Joint pain triggered by food generally stems from gout. The condition is triggered by the elevated amounts of uric acid in the body that crystallize and deposit in the tissues and joints. This results to inflammation that results to joint pain and rigidity.

The foods that are rich in purines can lead to excess uric acid in the body which worsens the joint pain triggered by gout.



The foods that are rich in purines can lead to excess uric acid in the body which worsens the joint pain triggered by gout.

It is vital to avoid any organ meats such as kidneys, heart, brain, liver and testicles since they are packed with purines and can cause an increase in the uric acid levels in the body.

Other untraditional meats such as the tongue also have large amounts of purines as well as meat extracts, mincemeats, bouillons and broths. Even game meats such as partridge, goose, duck, turkey and pheasant are high-purine foods. In addition, lamb, beef and pork contain moderate amounts of purines as well.


Various fish and shellfish species have elevated levels of purines and can trigger or worsen the gout-related joint pain. The usual culprits include mackerel, herring, sardines, anchovies, mussels and scallops.

Legumes and vegetables

It is important to note that animal products are not the only foods packed with purines. Even vegetables and legumes such as cauliflower, spinach, peas, beans, asparagus, lentils, beans and mushrooms are high in purines.

If the individual is diagnosed with gout, these foods must be avoided or consult a doctor for advice. These legumes and vegetables are ideal sources of minerals and vitamins and can be eaten in moderation if the individual is not suffering from gout.

Grain and related products

Various grain and other related products might contain either large or reasonable amounts of purines. Take note that beer and wine contain large amounts of purines.

Yeast which is added in baking products and for brewing alcohol is also rich in purines. Whole grain breads and cereals as well as wheat bran, oatmeal and wheat germ have moderate amounts of purines.

More Information / Disclaimer

The information posted on this page on joint pain is for learning purposes only. Learn more about the causes by taking a standard first aid course with Saskatoon First Aid.


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