This page about psyllium husks for gout was last reviewed, or updated, on 10 May 2013.
Psyllium husks are an excellent gout diet food because they help to beat hunger pangs, and give you a useful amount of fibre (fiber). There will be many people who failed in their diet because they did not know about them.
And there are other reasons why psyllium husks for gout are an excellent idea. Read on!
I don't know whether any diet pills or vitamins that reduce appetite actually work, but I do know that psyllium husks work for me. In one recent 18 months duration diet, I used psyllium husks and the Atkins diet to lose 85 lbs. Yes 85 lbs ! And I have plenty of witnesses to prove it! I've often failed before because I succumbed to hunger pangs but these husks give a feeling of fullness at a low carb cost.
How do you use them? Stir one tablespoon (five grams) of these husks (not psyllium seeds) into half a glass of water or juice. (So it’s another way of drinking water too). Wait a few minutes to allow them to expand into a light brown sludge. Drink this. Then drink another glass of pure water soon after.
Take 30 minutes before food. They are virtually tasteless if taken with water. I add a low calorie, low carbohydrate sweetener for a reasonably pleasant flavour (flavor). If you add to a juice you will get that juice’s flavour. And you might be able to buy flavoured psyllium husks, but ensure there is no added sugar.
DO NOT EAT THEM DRY. THEY MUST BE ADDED TO WATER, OR ANOTHER DRINK.
Logistic advantages Easy to prepare, just add water, juice or milk. They are ready in five minutes.
Other dietary advantages Just about every nutrition book I’ve read over the past three years whilst preparing and developing this gout website, recommends them.
They don't lower uric acid or gouty inflammation, but why are psyllium husks for gout an idea worth considering>?
Firstly, they are low carbohydrate (about 4 grams per 5 gram serving), low calorie (about 20 calories per 5 grams serving ) and high fibre (fiber) (5 grams of fibre/fiber per 5 grams serving). That's more fibre (fiber) than you’ll get in such well known high fibre (fiber) foods as baked beans, (and some other kinds of beans), oat bran and high fibre (fiber) vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and parsnips.
Because they are low carb and low calorie they can be used with both carbohydrate restricted (e.g. Atkins, Holford GL, Eades, Heller, South Beach), or low calorie diets. Or a diet like the Zone diet which controls both carbohydrates and calories.
Secondly, they slow the absorption of carbohydrates, which helps to stabilise blood sugar (glucose). Their net carbs number (carbs minus fibre/fiber) is zero. So they aren't turned into glucose and don't affect insulin.
Glucose control is a key feature of low carb diets, and the Zone diet.(For the Zone diet's success in gout treatment, click on the "A beat gout diet" navbar button,left).
Thirdly, for gout sufferers they are a gout diet food because
they are almost certainly low purine, and high pH. i.e. alkaline.The
importance of pH for gout is on our pH pages - click on the navigation
bar button for pH and pH foods (above left).
Fourthly, other health benefits - they can relieve both constipation and diarrhoea (diarrhea); they absorb fat; studies have shown they can lower triglycerides (1), as well as total cholesterol and the dangerous LDL cholesterol (2) - in this study of the studies about the effects of psyllium husks, the more participants took, the more their total and LDL cholesterol fell. They also stabilize and may reduce blood sugar; they are helpful in eliminating candida albicans..... and that can help with gout too.
You should be able to buy them in sachets or a container. I’ve found you get more husks for your money if you buy them in a container.
Cautions ! Speak to your doctor about using them if you’re
pre-diabetic or diabetic. They may interfere with the body's absorption
of diabetes drugs such as metformin (Glucophage, Glycon, Riomet) and glyburide
(DiaBeta, Glynase, PresTab, Micronase). He may suggest you take
psyllium husks at a different time, or not at all. One study however did
not find they interfered with metformin, more than a placebo (dummy) substance(1).
But check with your doctor about them if you are taking any medications, because they may interfere with a medication you're taking.
Psyllium husks and oats. What's the nutrition difference?
Both contain fibre (fiber). However the amount of, and the nature of, the fibre (fiber)is different. One teaspoon of psyllium husks gives four grams of fibre (fiber) but you need 40 grams of oats to get four grams of fibre (fiber). And the fibre (fiber) in psyllium husks when water, milk or juice is added to them, expands more than oats expand when oats are cooked.
So psyllium husks are better for hunger pangs. However the fibre is more or less all the nutrition they have to offer.
Oats on the other hand contain lots of vitamins, the gout important omega -6 oil gamma linolenic acid (GLA),another omega -6 oil, linoleic acid, and healthy monounsaturated fat.
(1) Abstract. Psyllium decreased serum glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin significantly in diabetic outpatients.
Seyed Ali Ziaia, Bagher Larijanib, Shahin Akhoondzadeha, Hossein
Fakhrzadehb, Arezoo Dastpaka, Fatemeh Bandarianb, Afsaneh Rezaia,
Hassanali Naghdi Badic and Tara Emamid.Journal of Ethnopharmacology Volume 102, Issue 2, 14 November 2005, Pages 202-207.
(2) Abstract. Time-and dose-dependent effect of psyllium on serum lipids in mild-to-moderate hypercholesterolemia: a meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. Z-h Wei, H Wang, X-y Chen, B-s Wang, Z-x Rong, B-s Wang, B-h Su and H-z Chen. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2009) 63, 821–827;