Gout is a kind of arthritis that is caused when uric acid crystals buildup within the joints. It’s can be a debilitating condition that usually affects the feet and legs and it is commonly triggered by the foods we eat. In 2007, a 12 year study performed by the American College of Rheumatology exclusively on men, concluded that long term coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of gout. While drinking fewer than 5 cups of coffee a day saw only a 10% reduction in risk, drinking 6 or more cups was shown to lower risk of gout by about 40%.
Other studies have also found that coffee similarly effects gout in women as well. Significantly, women who drink 4 cups of coffee a day can decrease their chance of gout by 60%. Worth noting, it is reported that sugar consumption can reverse the benefits coffee has on gout, so you will definitely want to leave your cup unsweetened.