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I am both a gout sufferer and a medical research scientist - which means I have access to peer review journals.
I have noticed a recent paper in the journal "Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism" entitled "Effects of coffee consumption on serum uric acid: systematic review and meta-analysis " by Park et al (2016).
Their key finding is:
Results: Nine studies published between 1999 and 2014 were included, containing a total of 175,310 subjects. Meta-analysis demonstrated that coffee has a significantly lowering effect on serum UA, where there are gender differences in the amount of coffee required to lower serum UA. Women (4–6 cups/day) need more coffee to lower serum UA than men (1–3 cups/day). Meta-analysis showed that coffee intake of 1 cup/day or more was significantly associated with reduction of the risk of gout, with a negative correlation with the amount of daily coffee intake for both genders.
Conclusions: This is the first systematic review on the effects of coffee consumption on serum UA. Based on our study, moderate coffee intake might be advocated for primary prevention of hyperuricemia and gout in both genders.
So.....get drinking !
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