What causes High Uric Acid and How to Control It?

High uric acid is also known as hyperuricemia is elevation uric acid levels in the blood, Uric acid is a byproduct of the breakdown of purines, once it is produced it is carried by the blood to be filtered out by the Kidney. The levels in the blood increase when the kidney is not able to filter it out. The normal uric acid levels for males are 3.7-7 mg/dl and 2.4- 6 mg/dl for females.

High Uric acid can be caused due to the following reasons:

  • Diuretics

  • Excessive alcohol intake

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Obesity

  • Psoriasis

  • A purine-rich diet

Continuously elevated levels of Uric acid can cause kidney stones and even gout. Following is a list of food items to avoid and have in case of hyperuricemia.

Foods to include in the diet:

  • Apple: The malic acid present in apple helps neutralize the uric acid

  • Cherries: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties it helps in prevention of crystallization of uric acid

  • Berries: They are high in anthocyanins and helps in reducing the uric acid content

  • Lime: As lime juice contains citric acid, a solvent of uric acid, adding it to your daily diet is helpful in preventing high uric acid levels

  • Celery Seeds

  • Bananas

  • Jowar and Bajra: They are alkaline in nature and helps neutralize uric acid levels

Foods that are low nutritionally or have high purine content should be avoided.

Foods to avoid in the diet:

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • All organ meats: this include liver, kidney and brain

  • Fishes and other seafood like crab, scallop, oysters

  • Products with added sugar and high fructose corn syrup

  • Yeast

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