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May 2009 Issue

Vitamin C May Help Prevent Gout in Men

In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that high levels of vitamin C may lower the risk of gout in men. Researchers with the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, an ongoing study of 51,529 male health professionals, found that as vitamin C intake from foods and supplements increased, the risk of gout decreased. Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis in men. Specifically, for those with a vitamin C intake of 500 to 999 milligrams a day, the risk of gout was 34% less than those who got less than 250 milligrams daily. For those who took in 1,500 milligrams a day or more, the risk was 45% less. (EN does not recommend routinely exceeding 1,000 milligrams daily.)

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