Uric acid is a waste product the body creates as it breaks down and metabolizes proteins, specifically purines (a protein found in organ meats, anchovies, mushrooms, sardines, lentils, and some other foods). When the body can’t flush out uric acid, it gathers and swells as crystals, inside joints; this painful condition is called gout. There’s a strong genetic component to gout, but the disease is also tied to obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, and exposure to lead in the environment—some drugs and supplements also increase uric acid levels in the blood. Diet is extremely important in managing gout; some foods lower uric acid naturally, while others increase it. Read on for foods that lower uric acid levels in the body.
Tart cherries contain a phytochemical called anthocyanis; this anit-inflammatory substance reduces uric acid levels and prevents uric acid from crystallizing and being deposited in the joints. Cherries also neutralize the acids, and bring down inflammation and its related pain. Eat fresh cherries, drink cherry juice, or take a 200 mg tart cherry extract supplement every day to lower uric acid levels.
The best way to flush any toxin out of your body is through your kidneys. And the best way to get these running in overdrive is through drinking lots of water, For people with gout, drinking the full complement of eight eight-ounce glasses daily is the minimum. Ten to twelve glasses are even better. Pure water is best. Avoid fizzy drinks containing large amounts of sugars and other additives which can be dehydrating.
3. Pinto beans
Folic acid is found in certain vegetables; this substance naturally lowers uric acid. Pinto beans are rich in folic acid, as are sunflower seeds, lentils, and broccoli. So take your pick! But adding one or more if these regularly to your diet is a great idea to help prevent gout. Why not carry a a small pot of sunflower seeds around with you to sprinkle on your salads?
Root vegetables are very healthy for humans; they’re very dense, packed with vitamins and minerals. Carrots, beets, and cucumbers all lower uric acid; try a daily smoothie of 100 ml each of beet juice and cucumber juice, mixed with 300 ml carrot juice. Better still, replace any fructose drinks (like energy drinks, which encourage the body to make uric acid) with this juice, which offers much more actual energy.
They always say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And for gout sufferers this may well absolutely be the case. The malic acid in apples neutralizes uric acid in the body, easing the symptoms of gout. Eating an apple after a meal will help your kidneys and freshen your breath. Make sure that you always have them in your fruit bowl!
6. Green tea
The antioxidants in green tea are called catechins; these super chemicals bring down high uric acid levels (which is called hyperuricemia), the pre-gout condition, and lower the risk of this problem turning into gout. Also, green tea promotes weight loss, another benefit for people battling gout.
7. French bean juice
Here’s something slightly different. The juice of French beans makes another good home remedy for treating gout. Drink it twice a day to lower uric acid levels. Get yourself a juicer and you can make it at home yourself. It’s an acquired taste but it’s not as bad as you think! And it’s very good for you. Failing that, clothes peg over your nose ought to help!
Citric acid is useful around the house, as a cleaning product (rub it over a cutting board to wipe out bacteria), and it’s similarly useful in the body. The citric acid in limes is a solvent that breaks down uric acid. Squeeze half a lime into a glass of water for a twice a day gout remedy.
Berries don’t quite fit into this list as they don’t lower uric acid levels. However, they are still worth a mention as they have strong anti-inflammatory properties; they’ll quiet some of the inflammation too much uric acid creates. Strawberries and blueberries are especially strong towards this purpose. Great for reducing any kind of joint oain.
So, this one isn’t quite a food but’s it derived from food. If you’re a gout sufferer you may already be aware of the benefits. Bromelain is a compound of digestive enzymes; it’s extracted from pineapple stems, an extremely dense plant material. Bromelain has been found to lower uric acid levels.
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