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Keith Taylor
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Thanks Jason,

I like “Hydration is your friend, diuretics are not.” You can be sure I’ll be using that phrase!

Coffee helps by lowering uric acid. I haven’t seen any conclusions about the mechanism. There have been suggestions that it might reduce uric acid production, like allopurinol. Or, it might increase uric acid excretion, like probenecid. It might even do both. Any way, coffee is good for gout. There have been suggestions from certain unreliable sources that diuretic qualities of coffee make it bad for gout. That is wrong, as studies have shown that the slight diuretic effect is insignificant compared to the volume of water used to make coffee.