Vitamin C plays an active role in preventing Gout. Gout, a form of arthritis, results from the build-up of uric acid. Uric acid is a waste product in the blood and is caused by a diet rich in fatty, processed and sugary foods. The Center for Disease Control lists gout as the most prevalent inflammatory disease among men.
Current research has revealed that supplementary vitamin C has been correlated to the reduced incidence of gout. Vitamin C supplementation is also more useful in treating elevated levels of uric acid than other forms. This is because many natural sources of vitamin C also include high amounts of sugar and sugar further exasperates gout related inflammation.