Uric Acid & Gout

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Uric acid is a natural waste product produced during the breakdown of purines, which are compounds found in certain foods and produced by the body. Uric acid is typically a blood test used to determine the medical condition of gout. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that occurs when there is a buildup of uric acid in the body, leading to the formation of urate crystals in joints and surrounding tissues Typically high levels of uric acid are associated with gout, however low levels of uric acid also have medical implications. Uric acid is called on as a primary defense mechanism when there is not enough protein, your antioxidant system is not working, specifically not producing enough glutathione, or not having adequate bowel action. 

There are certain foods in the diet with high purine levels when consumed that will trigger gout.  It also can be connected to eating or not processing polyunsaturated fatty acids, like nuts and fatty fish.  An imbalance of uric acid can be suggestive of cardiovascular issues.  Most importantly uric acid is directly related to your body’s antioxidant defense and inversely related to premature aging and suggestive of the onset of cancer.  Uric acid provides a means of conjugating heavy metals to make them less toxic to your body.  Excessive exercise can increase uric acid levels.  Fasting for long periods of time can also elevate your uric acid, but the elevation is often offset by urinary excretion.  Having some uric acid is good because it acts as a chelator for iron, mercury and other heavy metals.  If your uric acid levels are too low asparagus is the safest way to raise your uric acid levels.

Below is a list of foods low in Uric Acid. If you are experiencing Gout you should try eat primarily from this list.

Foods Low in Uric Acid 

FRUIT • Red grapes • Bananas • Blueberries • Mango • Papaya • Pineapple • Lemon • Lime • Oranges- navel • Oranges- blood reds • Strawberries • Cherries • Peaches • Pears • Raspberries • Plums

VEGETABLES • Red onion • Radishes • Cucumbers • Avocado • Parsley • Cauliflower • French beans • Carrots • Broccoli • Beets- red • Beets- golden • Mixed green herbal • Lettuce- dark greens • Kale • Baby spinach • Green onion • Olives- Kalamata • Olives- Green • Fennel • Mushrooms • Artichokes in oil/jar • Summer squash • Brussels sprouts

OTHER • Extra virgin olive oil • Whole grain crackers • Organic apple cider vinegar • All-bran cereal • Eggs • Hummus • Whole grain bread • Rye bread • Cottage cheese 2% 4oz. size • Non-fat plain Greek yogurt • Unsweetened applesauce • Chicken • Cod • Sole • German Corned Beef • Beef Sirloin • Pasta made with egg and quinoa • Unsalted nuts: almond, brazil, and walnuts • Cheeses: Gorgonzola, Brie, Goat, and Edam

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