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Foods That Reduce Uric Acid

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author image Linda Tarr Kent
Linda Tarr Kent is a reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience at Gannett Company Inc., The McClatchy Company, Sound Publishing Inc., Mach Publishing, MomFit The Movement and other companies. Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University.
Foods That Reduce Uric Acid
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Overview

Eating the right foods may help you alleviate a high uric acid level, called hyperuricemia. Your body produces the waste product uric acid during breakdown of purine, which is found in many foods. You usually eliminate uric acid via your urine. Although a high level of uric acid level may not cause any symptoms, it can lead to kidney stones, gout or kidney failure. Always consult a doctor before making dietary changes or addressing a health issue.

Cherries

Consume cherries to decrease your uric acid levels, advises Liliana Stadler Mitrea, author of “Pathology and Nutrition — A Guide for Professionals.” Cherry juice works as well. You can even snack on canned cherries to gain this effect. Cherries’ anit-gout reputation and ability to lower uric acid levels is supported by a 2003 study on 10 women conducted by R.A. Jacob and published in the "Journal of Nutrition." Blueberry juice may have the same effect, notes the Reader’s Digest book, “The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs.” If you don’t want to eat large amounts of cherries — half a pound a day is the recommended amount — try 1,000 mg of cherry fruit extract instead.

Vegetables

Eat your veggies to decrease uric acid levels, advises Janet Zand, lead author for the book, “Smart Medicine for Healthier Living.” Vegetables help reduce your body’s acidity and do not contribute to uric acid build-up. Exceptions are spinach, asparagus, peas and cauliflower. Folk emedies have long included celery and celery seeds for treating gout, notes the Reader’s Digest book, “Fight Back with Food.” If you’re worried about gout, increasing your veggie intake can help you lose weight because they are fiber-rich, nutrient-dense and low-calorie foods; obesity may have a role in gout attacks, notes Reader’s Digest. Meanwhile, decrease your sugar and fat intake because sugar increases uric acid production while fat decreases your ability to excrete it.

Oils

Although you may be advised to avoid eating whole nuts and seeds on a low-purine diet, consuming oils made from these can lower your uric acid levels, says Victor Konshin, author of “Beating Gout.” Reader’s Digest suggests supplementing with 1 tbsp. flaxseed oil daily if you have gout.

Water

Drink a minimum of 10 to 12, 8-oz. glasses of water daily to reduce your uric acid levels. Drinking more fluid helps your body get rid of excess uric acid.

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