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How to Lower Uric Acid Levels Naturally

More and more gout sufferers are moving away from costly drug-based remedies with their nasty side effects, to more natural remedies. Here are 3 simple tips on how to lower uric acid levels in the blood naturally...

(1) Drink between 2 and 3 liters of water everyday. Drink small amounts regularly throughout the day. Water helps the kidneys to process and flush uric acid out of the body.

(2) Consume a baking soda solution to help dissolve uric acid crystals, and, increase uric acid solubility. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 oz of water (and about a teaspoon of Molasses). Mix thoroughly, and drink maximum 2 glasses daily. One before bedtime, one when you get up in the morning, and one every 2 to 4 hours between meals. Repeat until the symptoms have gone.  You may experience a minor attack as the crystals move out of your joints and are dissolved.

[Note: Since baking soda contains sodium, you may want to change to a salt-free diet while taking this remedy. And, if you suffer from high blood pressure, although you can take it as long as you monitor your blood pressure closely, consult your doctor to monitor your blood pressure.  Baking soda is not made from or related to salt but does contain sodium  (NaHCO3).

(3) Change to a low purine diet. Since uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines, and, purines also exist in our foods, a gout sufferer needs to go onto a diet that is relatively low in purines. This also means avoiding high purine foods completely...

Uric acid is the end product of purine degradation. It is catalyzed by the enzyme xanthine oxidase, which is responsible for the production of uric acid and damaging free radicals. This is a central link in the association between serum uric acid and myocardial ischemia (lack of adequate oxygen to muscle tissue), myocardial dysfunction, which is determined primarily by impaired peripheral blood flow.

Natural ways to lower uric acid


Vitamin C may be helpful, as is Vitamin D3 as it aids in the absorption of Calcium and Potassium. See also gout for suggestions on how to lower uric acid levels.


Reduce your intake of sugared drinks. A higher intake of added sugars or sugar-sweetened drinks leads to higher blood levels of uric acid. Guidelines to a
healthy diet
are provided.

Role of vitamin C
The effects of vitamin C supplementation on serum concentrations of uric acid: results of a randomized controlled trial.
Arthritis Rheum. 2005. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA.


This study was to determine the effects of vitamin C supplementation on serum uric acid concentrations. Study participants were 184 nonsmokers, randomized to take either placebo or vitamin C supplements 500 mg / day) for two months. At the end of the study period, serum uric acid levels were significantly reduced in the vitamin C group, but not in the placebo group. Supplementation with 500 mg / day of vitamin C for two months reduces serum uric acid, suggesting that vitamin C might be beneficial in the prevention and management of gout and other urate-related diseases.

 

Apigenin
Congratulations. We suggest a high intake of a variety of vegetables. See the gout link above. We really don't know at this time the best apigenin source, but parsley is easy to consume or a regular basis, and chamomile tea can be drank in the evening.

 

Cherry juice
Lowers uric acid levels when given to marathon runners.
Cherry extract and juice have other health benefits.

 

Weight loss


I was on a diet and had just lost 25 pounds when I got a gout attack. What could cause this since losing weight is supposed to help reduce uric acid levels and prevent gout.


Rapid weight loss has the potential to temporarily raise uric acid levels and precipitate a gout attack.

 

 
 
 
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