Proteins and purines

Gout is a purine metabolism disorder. Purines are the nitrogenous bases, which are an integral part of the genetic material (D.N.A. and R.N.A.- found in the nucleus of cells). When these purine compounds are disintegrated, they raise the uric acid level.

Since the uric acid level increases with increased dietary purines, it is  advisable to restrict the purine intake of gouty arthritis patients. Moderate amount of protein i.e. about 0.7 – 1 gm /kg body weight is recommended.