Get adequate vitamin C. Supplements containing vitamin C may reduce the levels of uric acid in your blood, a common cause of gout. However, vitamin C hasn’t been studied specifically as a treatment for this painful condition. Don’t assume that if a little vitamin C is good for you, then lots is even better. In fact, megadoses of vitamin C may increase your body’s uric acid levels. In place of supplements, increase your vitamin C intake by eating more fruits and vegetables, especially oranges.
Eat more cherries, too. Studies show an association between cherries and lower levels of uric acid in your blood, but it isn’t clear if the cherries have any effect on the signs and symptoms of gout. Eating cherries and other dark-colored fruits, such as blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes and raspberries, may be a safe way to supplement your treatment, but discuss this strategy with your doctor first.