Reduce Uric Acid

About Uric Acid

Uric acid is another substance that is created naturally by our body as it goes through the process of eliminating purine from the body. Purine is a substance that is naturally occurring in many food products with high concentrations in meat products. In another mystery of nature and biology it has been shown that too much uric acid can cause problems for the body while also showing some beneficial characteristics. How does this conflict work itself out and how is it possible to maintain a balance between overly high levels of uric acid and amounts that are too low to maintain essential benefits?

This article will provide a brief history of Uric Acid including a look at where it comes from, what foods contain the building blocks for uric acid, and popular uses. I will also show how it is used today and then I will examine some claims and myths about uric acid to discover the truth regarding this often misunderstood compound.

Where Does Uric Acid Come From?

As mentioned earlier, uric acid does not occur naturally but is a by-product of a natural process. Uric acid is produced when the kidneys process purines. Purines are a natural element found in almost all food types. The reason for this ubiquity is that purines are really an essential element for life as they are a part of the chemical structure of all plants and animals. There is a small sub-set of foods that contain a high concentration of purines. These include organ meats like kidneys, livers or fish such as mackerel and herring. When these foods are ingested, the purines are then broken down. The end result of this process is uric acid.

It seems like almost all of our natural processes have a downside, however, and it is not any different with uric acid production. Too much uric acid production can be taxing on the kidneys. The human kidneys is a master balancer as it ensures the right balance between uric acid that is needed for different bodily processes and left over uric acid that needs to dealt with. When too much uric acid is taken in, the kidneys process what is needed and then use the excess uric acid to form crystals. These crystals are then deposited into natural storage areas in our bodies.

Gout

Unfortunately for humans, these storage areas are in various joints like elbows and knees, or far off appendages like toes. When too many of these crystals build up in these areas they can cause inflammation of the joints which can cause unbearable pain and swelling.

Gout from Uric Acid

These are the unmistakable symptoms of gout. Gout has been with us for centuries. We have read about many a king who suffered from gout as a result of his unlimited appetite. King Henry is a historical sovereign who comes to mind immediately. It is due to the history of gout that we often think of it as a dead ailment. That is far from true. The same processes that created gout in the past are still around today causing suffering for new generations of humans.

Gout Myths

That leads us to examine our first claim about uric acid; that uric acid and purine consumption will ultimately lead to gout. The statement is only half true. It is an excess consumption of purines that lead to an overabundance of uric acid and ultimately, gout. Uric acid, as it turns out, is an important element for humans to have around. Uric acid is actually an anti-oxidant that is responsible for maintaining the health of our blood vessel linings.

As a consequence, it is vitally important to maintain a moderate level of uric acid in our bloodstream. So, we can lay to rest the myth that all uric acid is damaging. Like all things natural, there needs to be a balance in order to maintain health and a complete lack of uric acid would actually lead to major problems.

Another claim around uric acid and purines is that all meat products are responsible for the same level of uric acid production. Recent research has turned this assumption on its head. When it comes to purines, not all foods are equal. Research is beginning to show that purines from meat products and fish will lead to gout more quickly than purines from vegetables. Vegetable consumption, surprisingly, actually neither increases nor decreases gout risk, while purines obtained from dairy products may decrease gout risk. So it may be important to include more dairy products in our diet to maintain our daily average of 600mgs of uric acid a day.

Decreasing Uric Acid Production

The problem that many run into when forced to decrease their uric acid production is that the foods with the highest concentrations of purines are some of the healthiest foods available. Chief among foods with high purine content is liver. Liver is also considered to be a vital, healthy food. Many people need to continue to eat some of these foods for other health reasons not related to their issues with uric acid and purines. A simple solution is to continue to eat healthy foods such as salmon, liver and asparagus. It may be wise to cut back on the portions.

Dietary Considerations

Another possible solution would be to boil some of these foods rather than frying or sautéing them. This leads us to the exploration of another claim regarding uric acid and purines.

Boiling Food

This claim states that cooking foods high in purine content actually increases the chance that excess uric acid production will occur. Recent examinations of this claim show that the way these foods are cooked is extremely important.

For instance, when boiling some of the high purine content foods, some of the purines become separated and end up in the water.

If the water is discarded, then the purine content of the food is actually decreased.

This leads to the conclusion that those people on a purine restricted diet due to high uric acid levels may not have to eat the majority of their foods raw.

They can actually cook some of their favorite foods and still decrease their uric acid levels.

Alcohol and Uric Acid

There has also been a claim throughout history that increased alcohol intake also leads to an overabundance of uric acid in the body and eventually, gout.

Again if we go back to our history lesson we often recall that many of the historic gout sufferers had a propensity for drinking copious amounts of red wine.

This claim is in fact true. Research has shown that alcohol does reduce the body’s water content. Water is needed to process purines into uric acid and to flush excess uric acid from the body. If this does not happen, then more uric acid crystals may be formed which again is a leading cause for a serious case of extremely painful gout.

Kidney Stones

Another side effect of increased uric acid in the blood is kidney stones. Kidney stones develop from inefficient kidneys. Kidneys that are busy processing very high levels of purines tend to lose their efficiency. This is obviously another important reason for monitoring purine and uric acid levels in the body.

Weight Loss

People that are severely overweight also usually have higher levels of uric acid than the general population. Researchers are not completely sure why this is the case but repeated studies have shown that people who reduce their weight also tend to increase the body’s efficiency in processing purines. Obviously, losing weight can help the body improve purine processing but if excess weight is dropped too rapidly, there can actually be a short-term spike in uric acid levels.

The reason for this is quite simple due to the fact that the body loses muscle during periods of extreme hunger. This is a reason that fasting or extreme dieting is not a good idea for lowering purine and uric acid levels. It is a much better idea to go on a stable diet that focuses on food with lower purine levels while drinking plenty of water.

Soft Drinks and Uric Acid

Now it’s time for a quick word about soft drinks and their link to increased uric acid levels. It turns out that alcoholic beverages are not the only liquid villain when it comes to high uric acid levels and gout. People who drink just two soft drinks a day have an 85% greater chance of developing a case of gout than those who do not. This is due to the high levels of fructose in soft drinks.

The kidneys have a tough time processing large amounts of the fructose found in soft drinks. This naturally leads to questions about other sugary foods such as candy or syrups. It would be wise to avoid those food choices as well. Candy is high in fructose and should be avoided as well.

Ways to Avoid Issues

That covers most of the claims regarding uric acid. There are some things that can help reduce the potential for developing gout that can be used in conjunction with drinking plenty of water and following a diet with lower levels of purine.

Exercise

First and most important is regular exercise. It seems like exercise is indeed the magic elixir for maladies and it helps with high uric acid levels as well. It may be the fact that exercise is related to lower levels of uric acid through weight reduction alone but it has been shown to be helpful.

Fruit & Vegetable Supplements

It also appears that celery and celery extracts can have a positive impact on uric acid levels. Celery can now be taken in a capsule form. Celery extract is perfectly legal and is available through a number of online herb shops. It looks like most sites are selling doses that run from 50 to 100mgs and the price ranges from $6 to $20 a bottle and most bottles contain anywhere from 50 to 100 capsules.

As with any drug, herb or extract, do your homework and check with your doctor to ensure that there will not be any dangerous conflicts with prescriptions you are currently taking and that there will not be any side effects that could also detract from the effectiveness of some of your prescriptions.

Eating Cherries

Finally, there is some late breaking research that shows that cherries might also contain elements that are effective in battling increased uric acid levels. The cherries have to be tart and they work by dissolving some of the uric acid crystals that build up in the joints.

Water

It also bears repeating that water is an essential ingredient for processing purines. The kidneys, and every other organ, for that matter need water to function. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day should dramatically reduce uric acid levels in the body in a short period of time.

Keeping a Healthy Uric Acid Level

That wraps up this brief look at purines and uric acid. In summary, it is important to note that purines and uric acid are not necessarily bad things. Purines are found in just about every conceivable food and are an essential element of life. The production of uric acid is a completely normal process and we humans need uric acid to improve the condition of our blood vessels.

Like everything else in nature and in life, there has to be a balance. The body does react negatively when uric acid levels get too high by storing the excess in joints and appendages. It is important to remember that when this happens, balance can be restored by switching to a low purine level diet and increasing the intake of water to help the kidneys process purines effectively.


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  1. Jorge sardina 15 February 2011 at 4:37 pm permalink

    My uric acid is 6.6,is that high?

  2. Ratna 11 March 2011 at 12:22 pm permalink

    What should we eat to decrease uric acid level

  3. jayanta paul 21 April 2011 at 4:32 pm permalink

    my uric acid 7.9 pl advice me

  4. vicente diano 1 June 2011 at 12:05 pm permalink

    plsss give me advise my uric acid is 11.2 im suffer to much pain now

  5. LAKSHMI 23 June 2011 at 6:56 am permalink

    My Uric Acid level is 7.9. I am purely vegetarian. Please suggest me eating haibts like what is the things to be added and what is the things to be avoided like milk, nuts etc., My haemoglobin level is also 11.9.

  6. sharda 8 July 2011 at 8:28 am permalink

    HI

    MY URIC ACID IS 6.9,what do you think of it?

    Is it very high? How long will it take To decrease , if I use those natural remedies such water tec.

  7. sumit singh 10 July 2011 at 6:27 am permalink

    plz tell me what i take most or not
    my uric acid 7.7 pl advice me

  8. Dilip ghosh 16 July 2011 at 9:10 am permalink

    My uric acid level is 8 approx.
    what should I eat in daily diet?

  9. Kamal Kant Agarwal 19 August 2011 at 3:56 pm permalink

    i am 50/M. my uric acid level is 8.1 , presently I am having pain in my heel which occurred after 3 years. Since last month I had changed in my diet, I started taking more rotis and more green vegetables and reduced the intake of fruits, Please suggest me something over the same

  10. T 3 September 2011 at 1:40 am permalink

    How long is the cycle from the consumption of the food until the uric acid is utilized and disposed of?

  11. german 7 September 2011 at 4:11 pm permalink

    Hi,my uric acid reach to 6.3 is this high,Im suffering of joint pains. Pls advice what to do

  12. ramesh 14 September 2011 at 7:49 pm permalink

    my uric acid level is 8.7 and i am suffering from tenis elbow from last 8 months please sugest me.

  13. Barbara Stirling 20 September 2011 at 11:21 am permalink

    What is the normal level for uric acid?

  14. rajesh 7 October 2011 at 5:31 am permalink

    Hi,
    My uric acid level was 7.0. After Medication it has come to 3.5 .Once I stop taking medicines level increased to 4.5 and in another 2 weeks again increased to 6.8.
    What should be and how to maintain the levels .
    I am worried whether the problem remains for the life time ?
    Please reply to this, I am too tensed
    Thanks

  15. shahid 16 October 2011 at 2:05 pm permalink

    my uric acid level is 8.4 please advice how we reduce that level.

  16. Erode Kannan 17 October 2011 at 6:39 pm permalink

    There are many Natural Medicines for Lowering Uric Acid. The Best is Celery Seed. Celery Seed Extract Tablets or Capsules are Best for Lowering the Uric Acid From Blood. Take Celery Seed Extract Tablets and drink plenty of water. But when you suffer from GOUT, You must not take Celery Seed Extract Tablets. For Gout you can Take Devils Claw Capsules and after the pain goes, Start Taking Celery Seed Extract Tablets. Take Blood Test Every Week. You will have to stick on to Diet for 3 months while taking Celery Tablets. Try It, It Works without Side Effects.

  17. Erode Kannan 17 October 2011 at 6:43 pm permalink

    Stop Alcohol, Non-Veg, Mushroom, Califlower, Tomottos, Oily Stuffs, Canned Food, Soft Drinks, Dont skip your meals. Follow this for 3 months with Celery Seed Extract Tablets. Also Cherry Juice or Capsules Lowers Uric Acid, You can take it with Celery Seed Tablet. But dont take at once you take Celery Seed Tablets. Take in different time.

  18. Naina koirala 3 November 2011 at 8:03 am permalink

    My mom (amrita koirala)have uric acid problem.the level of uric acid is 9.so for control what should be done.reply plz

  19. K L Saha 16 November 2011 at 6:17 am permalink

    My uric level is 5.69.Since 1 month i am feeling pain in my wright elbow. What is the remedy? please help. I am 60 yrs old.

  20. IZHARULLAH SIDDIQUI 3 December 2011 at 6:39 am permalink

    if uric acid more than 6 levelpl. guide me to control my uric acid

  21. bikram_m 6 December 2011 at 3:50 pm permalink

    all guys take too much water , consult ur docter , i have 8.0 uric acid , inow i avoid eggs meat wine , its best way to reduce uric acid doo exersie not to high level little bit… keep ur feet in hot water and massage with oil reguler u will feel better

  22. Neelam Seth 14 December 2011 at 10:43 am permalink

    Name of the edible items in case of high Uric Acid. My uric acid is 5.9. Name the edible items in fruits and vegetables. I am pure vegetarian.

  23. Florie 26 December 2011 at 5:35 am permalink

    My husband was sufferring before to high uric acid.. He can’t even walk due to it…Then a friend of our share this product after a week it is being testified that my husband uric acid is ok. Before I was skeptic to try but everytime I saw my husband’s sufferring we try the product and it’s worth a try.. He’s ok now and he can also foods that are high in uric at the same time he’s not sufferring from pain anymore. If you got interested please email me at bnhs93@yahoo.com

  24. Chen 1 January 2012 at 3:03 pm permalink

    My Finger started pain both , is it high uric acid/?

  25. salman 12 January 2012 at 10:32 am permalink

    my question that my uric acid is 8.0 my some body part is swell.how i can redus uric acid used natural or herbal.

  26. saurabh 6 February 2012 at 10:35 am permalink

    My uric acid is 7.4mg what is the treatment.Is Bencid tablet is good to reduce uric acid. please let me know.

  27. fouzia khan 27 February 2012 at 9:39 am permalink

    hi, my husband(37 yrs old) faced this problem. He cannot stand up and walk also.Could u please advise me how can he be safe from these uric acid problem. this is his first time.

  28. Prab 8 March 2012 at 7:43 am permalink

    my uric acid is 8.3 & Cholestrol is 253. I want less it please help me………..

  29. Muhammad Nadeem 20 March 2012 at 8:05 am permalink

    AoA,
    i am 33 years old. i m suffering from uric acid i.e. 7.7. due to which i have pain in my back bone 7 left leg from hip to knee. please suggest me best medicine and diet to reduce the uric acid level.

    thanx.

  30. Kannan 28 March 2012 at 10:51 am permalink

    Celery Seed Extract Tablet Available in INDIA in the name of Ortho Cure 3000. Take one tablet in empty stomach in the morning with plenty of water & another tablet in the evening with plenty of water. continue for 3 months. You will see the difference in the first week itself , Ur Serum Uric Acid Level will come down to normal. While taking Celery Tablets u must consume 3 to 4 Liters of water everyday. Avoid Non-Veg, Sugr, Oily stuff, Cool Driks like soda soft drinks, butter, Mushroom,. Take Pure veg. You will be amazed in 10 days. My Uric Acid Level was 11.09-mg/dL , after taking Celery Seed Extract Tablets it came to 3.00-mg/dL.

  31. RNS TOMAR 29 March 2012 at 10:40 am permalink

    i am 36 years old. i m suffering from uric acid i.e. 7.7. due to which i have pain in my great toe left leg in joint. please suggest me best medicine and diet to reduce the uric acid level.thanks!

  32. Ravindra Nath 30 March 2012 at 2:29 am permalink

    I have gout at my right great toe and having 6.8 uric acid level in blood. How I reduce my uric acid. Pl advice me.

  33. Nazmul 15 April 2012 at 7:54 am permalink

    My uric acid level is 7.3. I like vegetables. Please advice me which vegetables i should avoid.

  34. Anil 21 April 2012 at 9:38 am permalink

    Hi,

    i am 31 years old. i m suffering from High uric acid i.e. 7.1. due to which i have pain in my right top shoulder and whole right arm. Please suggest me best medicine and diet to reduce the uric acid level.

    Thanks..

  35. jus saying 13 August 2012 at 3:58 pm permalink

    people…stop eating red meat. this includes milk, sour cream, cheese. (all these come from red meat animals) red meat contians the highest uric acid.

  36. Neelam Seth 17 August 2012 at 10:17 am permalink

    I have 5.8 uric acid and if it is high then we should I eat.

  37. satish kumar 7 March 2013 at 11:40 am permalink

    Hi,
    i am 40 years old. i m suffering from High uric acid i.e. 8.1. what should i eat? satish kumar

  38. first 17 August 2013 at 10:32 am permalink

    my uric acid level is 6.8 .how i controle it &what i do .plz guide me for died

  39. first 17 August 2013 at 10:33 am permalink

    my uric acid level is 6.8 .how i controle it &what i do .plz guide me for diet .

  40. Muhammad Amir 3 September 2013 at 11:27 am permalink

    sir my name is Muhammad Amir 42 years old and from Pakistan. sir my i am last 3 years patient high uric acid 11.1 have lot of pain in my foot. sir tell me about a slotion it?

  41. BHASKAR DAS 11 March 2014 at 11:45 am permalink

    URIC ACID 8.1,AGE 38,NAME OF FOOD WHICH I NOT TAKE AND TAKE LIST

  42. merrill 25 May 2014 at 4:15 pm permalink

    Take alfalfa tablets, it is excellent for neutralizing UA and Celery Seed Extract twice daily. Avoid organ meats, red meats and especially beers. Drink organic milk or yogurt and plenty water. Do moderate exercise for about 30 mins per day not only will it help with your UA but it will be beneficial for your overall health. Avoid fast weight loss program as this can increase UA production. Try to balance your ph levels by drinking lemon juice in a glass of water and lastly drink cherry juice without sugar.

  43. shakeel 24 July 2014 at 1:32 pm permalink

    i’m 30 years, my uric acid is 9.5 and suffering pain in both foot heal. plz suggest me foods and medicine

  44. Chesta 2 August 2014 at 9:21 am permalink

    MY Mother’s uric acid is 8.10 how to reduce it.Plz. Send me each details.It’s very urgent.

  45. subhas shil 11 August 2014 at 5:32 pm permalink

    I am 34 yers old. My uric acid level 8.3-is it very harmful for me? only diet my I reduce my acid level or not?

  46. munir 30 September 2014 at 4:17 am permalink

    my uric acid is 7.5 what i can do? sir my feet are also burning bp is high 160


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