In this BBC NEWS | Health | Lower gout risk for coffee lovers 4 cups of coffee a day is health food.
BBC NEWS said:Drinking four or more cups of coffee a day may cut the risk of having a painful attack of gout, say Canadian scientists. A University of British Columbia team found blood uric acid levels - which are linked to the condition - were lower in people who drank more coffee.
But tea had no measurable effect, suggesting that the active ingredient was not caffeine.
The work is published in the journal Arthritis Care and Research.