- 1 Increased Uric Acid: Brief Explanation
- 2 Remedies for Reducing Increased Uric Acid Naturally
- 2.1 Increase Water Intake
- 2.2 Reduce the Intake of Foods Containing Purine
- 2.3 Consume Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2.4 Increase the Intake of Foods Rich in Vitamin C
- 2.5 Consume High-Fiber Foods
- 2.6 Avoid Intake of Caffeine and Alcohol
- 2.7 Reduce Sugar Intake
- 2.8 Avoid Certain Meats and Seafood
- 2.9 Maintain A ‘Healthy’ Body Weight
- 2.10 Use Herbal Products
Increased Uric Acid: Brief Explanation
Increased Uric acid — or high levels of uric acid — is a condition marked by an excess of uric acid in the blood. There are some very effective herbal remedies and home remedies which are safe to use, and can reduce uric acid naturally.
Uric acid is a chemical (waste product) which occurs naturally in the blood as a result of the metabolic breakdown of a substance called purine. Purine is a crystalline compound which is formed by the body and is also present in certain foods, including spinach, peas, dried beans, anchovies, mushrooms, and even beer.
Since Uric acid is a naturally-occurring chemical in the blood, the ‘normal’ range of uric acid in the body is:
- 4 to 7 mg/dL for males; and
- 4 to 6 mg/dL for females.
If the levels of uric acid are high and exceed the normal range, it can lead to a number of health problems. High levels of uric acid in the body can be detected via a simple blood test, so it is advisable to have regular health check-ups to avoid any complications associated with high uric acid levels.
When the levels of uric acid are within the ‘normal’ range, uric acid dissolves in the blood, passes through the kidneys and is filtered out into the urine. However, if the diet of an individual comprises foods which have a high presence of purine, or if the kidneys are not able to eliminate excessive uric acid, the individual can have a high level of uric acid (or hyperuricemia).
A high level of uric acid can lead to a condition called ‘gout,’ a disease which is characterized by an abnormal metabolism of uric acid. Besides gout, high uric acid levels are also linked to several other medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney stones, and renal failure. In addition, some recent researches have also revealed that high uric acid levels in the blood can trigger hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
People having high uric acid levels in their blood can benefit from the use of some time-tested remedies which can effectively reduce uric acid naturally. These remedies mostly include the use of certain foods, supplements, and herbs, as well as some recommended dietary and lifestyle changes aimed at lowering the increased uric acid levels in the body.
Remedies for Reducing Increased Uric Acid Naturally
Some of the most beneficial tips and recommendations which can help reduce uric acid naturally are:
Increase Water Intake
People with high uric acid levels should increase their intake of water because water plays a vital role in eliminating the uric acid formed in the body. Moreover, since water keeps the body well-hydrated, it hampers the formation of uric acid crystals. To remove uric acid from the body, the daily intake of water should be at least 3-4 liters. Buttermilk, lemon water, coconut water, and green tea etc. can also be taken to increase the overall fluid intake.
Reduce the Intake of Foods Containing Purine
In order to reduce uric acid naturally, it is important that the intake of purine-rich foods — like spinach, peas, mushrooms, dried beans, baked products containing yeast and fermented products — should be avoided. In place of these foods, it is advisable to add lentils, milk, split dals, and egg whites etc. to the diet, for improving overall protein intake.
Consume Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which has the ability to turn alkaline in body. It apparently has the capability to break the uric acid crystals and prevent their recurrence by assisting in the circulation and purification of blood. It also improves the flexibility of the joints by reducing swelling and inflammation.
Increase the Intake of Foods Rich in Vitamin C
The intake of good amounts of Vitamin C can also be very helpful in triggering the excretion of uric acid from the body; thereby lowering the dangerously high levels of uric acid. Some of the most important sources of Vitamin C which can help reduce increased uric acid levels are: Citrus fruits, amla (Indian gooseberry), guava, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, lemon, bell peppers, and cabbage.
Consume High-Fiber Foods
The consumption of high-fiber foods — including fruits, vegetables, oats, and whole grains products — can also help reduce uric acid naturally. Foods which are high in fiber are capable of absorbing the uric acid present in the blood stream, and thus easily flushing it out through kidneys.
Avoid Intake of Caffeine and Alcohol
The intake of caffeine and alcohol should be reduced if increased uric acid levels are to be lowered to the normal range. Alcohol, Caffeine and products containing caffeine — like coffee, tea, and aerated drinks — can bind uric acid in the body, and can thus hinder its excretion from the blood stream.
Reduce Sugar Intake
Sugar intake should also be reduced if uric acid levels are high. Sugar is believed to interfere with the elimination of uric acid from the body. Studies have revealed that the risk of gout increased by nearly 13% for people with a daily intake of 300 ml serving of sweetened drink.
Avoid Certain Meats and Seafood
To reduce uric acid naturally, it is also important to avoid certain meats such as liver, kidney and sweetbreads, because they have high purine levels and can increase uric acid levels in the blood. Along with these meats, some selected types of seafood should also be avoided, including mackerel, tuna, mussels, scallops, anchovies, herring, sardines, trout, and haddock.
Maintain A ‘Healthy’ Body Weight
Extra body weight when combined with the intake of purine-rich foods can lead to an increase in uric acid levels in the blood. So, it is important to maintain a ‘healthy’ body weight. People who are over-weight should try to reduce their weight by following a gradual weight-loss program, so that an increase in uric acid levels can be prevented.
Use Herbal Products
The regular use of certain herbal products, which are prepared and recommended by renowned Ayurvedic experts, can also be very helpful in reducing the uric acid levels in the body. Some of the beneficial herbal products/formulations which can help reduce uric acid naturally include: Giloy capsules, Punarnava capsules, Kaishore Guggul tablets, and Navkarshik Churna.
Conclusion: To reduce uric acid naturally, it is important to limit the intake of alcohol, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and reduce the intake of foods high in fat.
This article is written by DR. Vikram Chauhan (MD – AYURVEDA). He is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda (Ancient healing treatment), not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company.