In a May 2017 study, it has been suggested that following a diet known to reduce the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease may also reduce the risk of gout. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis known since ancient times and is due to elevated levels of uric acid the blood.

The UK Gout Society says, “Too much uric acid can also be caused by a diet rich in purines (a protein found in many foods), alcohol, crash dieting, stress, prolonged illness, injury, or by certain medicines e.g. diuretics (water tablets), aspirin.”

The DASH diet emphasizes increasing the consumption of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.