Increased levels of uric acid in the blood or otherwise known as hyperuricemia can be caused by either high uric acid production in the body or low excretion of uric acid through the kidneys. This condition can trigger many other health concerns, including formation of kidney stones, gouty arthritis (uric acid buildup in joints in the form of crystals), or renal failure.
According to recent studies it was revealed that high blood uric acid levels may cause hypertension and cardiovascular disease. These are the normal uric acid levels: in men are in the range 3.4–7.0mg/dL, and 2.4–6.0 mg/dL in women.
Increased uric acid blood levels can be due excessive alcohol use, genetics, obesity, underactive thyroid, diet rich in purines, renal insufficiency, endocrine or metabolic conditions such as acidosis or diabetes, and some other diseases.
Furthermore, some cancers, chemo, and drugs such as diuretics may increase uric acid levels. Fasting, crash dieting, and performing exercises may temporarily elevate uric acid in the blood.
However, do not worry, there are some natural remedies that can aid you in managing uric acid levels, and the following ones are the most successful:
10 WAYS TO CONTROL URIC ACID LEVELS
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV is a natural body detoxifier and thus successfully eliminates excess uric acid from the body. The content of malic acid efficiently breaks down and removes uric acid, restores the alkaline state of the body and provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Preparation and use: add 1 teaspoon of raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, and consume this solution 2 to 3 times a day. In time, gradually increase the dose up to 2 tablespoons per glass.
NOTE: ACV intake may lower the potassium levels in the body, therefore do not overdo it and do not mix it with diuretics.
Consuming plenty of water is very good for the overall body and as well as optimizes the levels of the uric acid levels. In fact, it dilutes the uric acid thus supporting the function of the kidneys to easily eliminate the excess amounts from the body through urine. Drinking enough water reduces the risk of recurrent gout attacks.
According to an internet-based study, introduced at the 2009 annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, revealed that participants who drank 5-8 glasses of water in the 24-hour period prior a possible gout attack showed a 40% lower risk of an attack contrary to those ones who drank only one glass of water.
For that reason, drink 8 glasses of water on daily basis and eat water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda reduces uric acid levels and alleviates gout pain. Further on, it optimizes the body pH levels thus making uric acid soluble and in that way easily removed from the body.
Preparation and use: add ½ a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it, 4 times a day. If you suffer from high blood pressure, drink up to 3 glasses a day.
- Dairy Products
Dairy products and low-fat milk decrease plasma urate concentrations, and as well as the risk of gout. Namely, skim milk is rich in orotic acid which lowers the reabsorption of uric acid and aids its elimination through the kidneys.
Therefore, consume 1 to 5 glasses of skim milk daily, or if you do not prefer this one, you can consume low-fat yogurt.
Likewise, tofu is very good for this issue because it has the ability to alter the plasma protein concentration and removes uric acid.
NOTE: Avoid the use of soy milk, as it elevates uric acid levels.
- Olive Oil
Most vegetable oils once heated or processed, change into rancid fats, which reduce the levels of vitamin E in the body which on the other hand control uric acid levels.
Because of that, you need to consume cold-pressed olive oil in cooking since it is rich in monounsaturated fats which stay stable when heated. Likewise, it is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin E.
- High-Fiber Foods and Starchy Carbohydrates
Dietary fiber lowers uric acid levels by absorbing them and eliminating them from the body. So, consume foods with starchy carbohydrates which are low in purine.
Further on, eat more strawberries, oranges, pears, apples, and whole grains; likewise, starchy foods like bananas, quinoa, rice, oats, potatoes, whole grain pasta, and tapioca.
Next, drink green papaya tea because this fruit is high in papain, which alkalizes the body and incorporates potent anti-inflammatory effects. It will aid you in preventing the buildup of uric acid and as well as alleviate uric acid and gout related problems.
- Lemon Juice
Lemon juice alkalizes the body thus neutralizing uric acid and being high in vitamin C lowers uric acid levels.
Preparation and use: add the squeezed juice of 1 lemon in a glass of warm water, and consume it on an empty stomach for two weeks.
- Wheatgrass Juice
Wheatgrass juice also alkalizes the body being rich in vitamin C, chlorophyll and phytochemicals thereby your body will be detoxified. Likewise, the protein and amino acids can replace animal protein.
Preparation and use: mix 2 tablespoons of wheatgrass juice with some lemon juice. Drink this solution on daily basis to reduce uric acid levels in the body.
This fruit and as well as dark berries are high in substances which can reduce uric acid levels. Particularly, purple and blue-colored berries are packed with flavonoids otherwise known as anthocyanins that have the ability to lower uric acid and soothe inflammation and stiffness.
Use: consume half a cup of cherries a day for a fortnight (14 days) consequently or drink 1 to 2 glasses of tart cherry juice for a month. Likewise, raise the intake of foods high in antioxidants and vitamin C like strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes and bell peppers.
- A Low-Purine Diet
Purines are most commonly traced in animal proteins. They are nitrogen-containing compounds which break down into uric acid and hence increase the uric acid levels in the body. Therefore, try to avoid animal proteins such as meats, organ meats, poultry, and fish; and also purine-rich foods including beer, yeast, mushrooms, beans, legumes, and asparagus.
Additionally, you can incorporate following tips into your daily lifestyle:
- Keep a healthy weight and exercise on regular basis since fatty tissues increase uric acid production.
- Introduce balanced diet into your life, high in complex carbohydrates and low in protein, and try to exclude refined carbohydrates such as bread, candies and cakes.
- Avoid high-fructose corn syrup or glucose-fructose syrup as both of them increase uric acid levels in the blood.
- Minimize the intake of foods rich in fat since it hinders body’s ability to reduce uric acid levels.
- Avoid use of alcohol as it disturbs the elimination of uric acid from the body.