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How to Control Uric Acid Levels

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High levels of uric acid in the blood, also called hyperuricemia, can result from either increased production of uric acid in the body or decreased excretion of it through the kidneys.

It can further lead to problems like gouty arthritis (uric acid crystals deposit in joints, typically in the big toe), kidney stones and renal failure. Recent studies have also associated high blood uric acid levels with hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

uric acid crystals in joint

Normal uric acid levels are:

  • Men: 3.4–7.0mg/dL
  • Women: 2.4–6.0 mg/dL

The values may vary at different labs.

Factors that can contribute to a high uric acid level include a diet high in purines (purines are broken down into uric acid), excess alcohol consumption, renal insufficiency, obesity, underactive thyroid, genetics, endocrine or metabolic conditions like diabetes or acidosis, and certain other diseases.

Certain cancers, chemotherapy agents and other medications, such as diuretics, may also contribute to it. Exercising, fasting and crash dieting may elevate uric acid levels temporarily.

There are some tips and natural remedies that can help reduce and control uric acid levels. In addition, proper diagnosis and treatment by a healthcare professional is a must.

How to Control Uric Acid Levels

Here are the top 10 ways to control uric acid levels.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Being a natural cleanser and detoxifier, apple cider vinegar can help remove wastes like uric acid from the body. It contains malic acid that helps break down and eliminate uric acid. Apple cider vinegar also helps restore the alkaline acid balance in the body and provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

  1. Add one teaspoon of raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
  2. Drink this solution two or three times a day.

You can gradually increase the amount of apple cider vinegar up to two tablespoons per glass of water and continue this remedy until your uric acid levels come down.

Note: Do not take apple cider vinegar in excess as it may decrease potassium levels in the body. Also, it may interfere with diuretic drugs.

2. Lemon Juice

Though it may seem that lemon juice will make the body more acidic, in actuality, it produces an alkaline effect and helps neutralize uric acid. Plus, its vitamin C content also helps lower uric acid levels.

lemon water to reduce uric acid level
Lemon Water Remedy to Reduce Uric Acid Level
  • Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a glass of warm water. Drink it in the morning on an empty stomach. Continue for at least a few weeks.
  • You can also take vitamin C supplements. For proper dosage and suitability, consult your doctor.

3. Cherries

Cherries and dark berries contain chemicals that help reduce uric acid levels. Plus, purple and blue-colored berries contain flavonoids called anthocyanins that help lower uric acid and reduce inflammation and stiffness.

  • Eat one-half cup of cherries daily for a few weeks. You can also drink one or two cups of tart cherry juice for about four weeks.
  • Also, add blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and other vitamin C and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables to your diet.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda, also called bicarbonate of soda, is highly beneficial for lowering uric acid levels and reducing gout pain. It helps maintain the natural alkaline balance in the body and makes the uric acid more soluble and easier to flush out of the kidneys.

  1. Mix one-half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water.
  2. Drink up to four glasses of this daily for two weeks. You can drink it every two to four hours.

Note: Do not take this remedy on a regular basis. Also, do not follow this remedy if you suffer from high blood pressure. People age 60 or older should not drink more than three glasses of this baking soda solution daily.

5. Olive Oil

Most vegetable oils turn into rancid fats when heated or processed. The rancid fats destroy the vital vitamin E in the body, which is essential for controlling uric acid levels.

Opt for cold-pressed olive oil rather than using vegetable oil, butter or shortening in your cooking and baking. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats that remain stable when heated. Plus, it is high in vitamin E and antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory benefits.

6. Water

Drinking plenty of water helps optimize uric acid filtering. It helps dilute the uric acid and stimulates the kidneys to eliminate excess amounts from the body through urine.

Plus, drinking adequate water regularly can reduce the risk of recurrent gout attacks. In an internet-based study presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, researchers found that participants who drank five to eight glasses of water in the 24-hour period prior to a possible gout attack had a 40 percent decreased risk of an attack compared with those who drank only one glass of water or less.

  • Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water throughout the day.
  • Also, include more fluids and fresh, water-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet.

7. A Low-Purine Diet

avoid purines

Purines are nitrogen-containing compounds that break down into uric acid, thus increasing levels in the body. They are mostly found in animal proteins.

Steer clear of animal proteins like meats, organ meats, fish, and poultry. Legumes, yeast, mushrooms, asparagus, and beans are also high in purine. Beer, too, is rich in purine.

8. High-Fiber Foods and Starchy Carbohydrates

fiber carbohydrate foods

Foods high in dietary fiber help lower uric acid levels by absorbing it and then eliminating it from the body. You can also eat foods with starchy carbohydrates as they contain only small amounts of purine.

Whole grains, apples, pears, oranges, and strawberries are some examples of high-fiber foods that you can incorporate in your diet. Starchy carbohydrates are foods like rice, whole grain pasta, tapioca (also called sabudana), quinoa, potato, oats, and bananas.

You can also drink green papaya tea to prevent the buildup of uric acid and treat uric acid and gout-related problems. The papain in green papaya helps the body maintain an alkaline state and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

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166 thoughts on “How to Control Uric Acid Levels”

  1. Thankyou for this home remedies i had learnt many things frm this………its helps me fr cure many thgs of me n my family……thnks once again….

  2. thankyou soo much to this home remedies fr…it helps me to cure my n my family dieses n control also….once again thnku sooo much…..

  3. I have been suffering from uric for two years, but I never knew about these remedies, thank you so much I will start following right away

  4. Its great ! Very helpful. With your publications, it gives me a new horizon for recovery of my illnesses.I’ll religiously follow all the remedies U shared. Thank you very much. More power.

  5. Stop taking sugar will help you more to keep your uric acid level normal.say no to fruits and baked food for while I hope will help you to get rid off that problem

  6. Stop eating sugar will help you more to keep your uric acid level normal.say no to fruits and baked food for while I hope it will help you to get rid off uric acid problem

  7. When I found out the pain on my left toe was gout. I did research. Quit eating pork and beef and read on herbal book about celery seed extract. Went to health food store and got capsules. Pain was gone after three days. Have not had a flare up in three years. I still take at least one capsule a day and changed eating habits. Don’t know if it’ll work for you but I took the chance and glad I did before it got worse.

  8. thnk u so much homeremedies i learned alot frm ur tips it helps me to improve my knowledge to prevent some illnes nw adays…post more tips…and educate lots of people thru !!!

  9. Thanks for all the details. I would request all the people have the uric acid problem do these things also to get immideate releafe and fit and fine rest of your life.
    1. Eat one or two orange/Malta/kinno or drink one glass of home made lime water every day.
    2. Avoid eating paneer and red masoor dal , they increase the uric acid up to 90% .
    3.Avoid eating rice and dal at night.
    4. Go to bed till 10 pm. Get up at 6 am and walk for 30 minutes daily, drink one glass of hot water every day after walk.

  10. I really appreciate the wealth of knowledge you share with us on a daily basis, keep up your inspiring articles.

  11. Thanks a lot for this useful information. These home remedies are fantastic. I will certainly put them to good use.

  12. O MY GUDNESS ! How the easiest and cheapest ways shown to overcome life taking diseases.GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
    (IRFAN ISM)

  13. Thank you for sharing this info. I just bought Apple Cider Vinnegar since I have gout attack last week. God bless you.

  14. Really good information to me. Because I was attacked by gout. After following your suggestions especially diet control, now I have grelief from gout

  15. I am suffering from uric acid problems since last 4 months and have severe pain in Right side of the body ( from right neck to lower back, sometimes in right arm and leg as well). I just came to know this today that I have uric acid problems. My uric acid level is 6.4

    I need advise from people who had faced this problem in past and what effective steps/remedies they used to control the uric acid level.

    1. I am suffering from uric acid problems since last 1 months and I have severe pain in Right foot finger joit. My uric acid level is 8.7

      I need advise from people who had faced this problem in past and what effective steps/remedies they used to control the uric acid level.

  16. Thank you sooo.. much sir…
    i found ur these home remedies very very useful to me.
    thanks alot…
    God bless u.. 🙂

  17. Thank you so much for your helpful suggestions to every body. Noble effort. God bless you.

  18. Thanks for the article.It is very lucid and informative easy to have in routine one thing I want to know how much of water in quantity should one take to escape water dehydration.

  19. Self suffering from Uric Acid and developed pain on toe of the right feet.May I take lemon juice in warm water in the morning in empty stomach.Also I am continuing Thyroid medicine in the morning.Is there will be any side affect in this time.

  20. Thanks for the different home remedies provided by you.Will follow religiously and hope to recover soon.God bless you.

  21. The tips for lowering of uric acid level are very useful. Thanks for posting them on internet. May God bless those who guide others! I shall follow these tips in my daily life from today 23 Oct 2015. thanks a lot!

  22. Recently I had sevier UTI problem, but it was because of urinary bladder stone. Its the side effect of uric acid. Thanks a ton for the great information.

  23. Thank you wholeheartedly for all the sound information and also the comments. We learn to change our diet habits and tune our lifestyle. So many thanks ! Creator bless all.

  24. aJust was reading your page, and found some informative advice, thanks, shall definitely try it out, having a lot of pain in both legs.

  25. Thanks for the suggestions. I m suffering uric acid problem over 15 years.
    It is my suggestion that do not eat red meat and consume less protein.

  26. I have been suffering from uric acid problem since 20/08/2015 last. This tips help me very much to control uric acid level in blood.Thanks a lot.

  27. Had 3 attacks of inflammation of my feet. Uric acid level is very high – Above 10.
    Can someone advice regarding the same…
    Symptoms:
    1. Severe Pain in joints in the feet
    2. Inflammation of entire feet

  28. almost 2 years I’m suffering this kind of ill, i thought there no home remedies solution! it’s hard to me to take my medicine due to allergy. Thank you so much Homeremedies for this suggestion . The more you help people the more blessing return to you. Again thank you.

  29. very good information on uric acid. Thank you for giving good information. kindly mention which food is to be avoided to control uric acid.

  30. Thanks for the valuable information. I am suffering joint pains because of high level of uric acid. I deffinetly follow. Once again thanks.

  31. Wonderful home made medicine/tips available in all homes But, we don’t know about all these, we must tank to service provider (Google/internet), who is having plenty of informations related to our health. Thanks a lot. GOD bless you.
    I also request people to search solution related all kinds of problem from internet and urge to all for sharing their experiences pre and post treatments. Thanks…..

  32. I have sufring from 6 month and I have dose meditine but if are meditine discontinue.then again increase of uricacid how to cure I am very waried.Thanks a lot I have read now how to encrese and reduce.

  33. Thank you so much for this post. About 15 years ago I started having a couple beers every night, a few years ago this had grown to a 12 pack every day. My left knee is in so much pain I kept wondering why. A few days ago the heal of my left foot had so much pain to step on I could not walk . So finally I began searching for a cure. What an eye opener this was. So yesterday I stopped the beer, replaced it with water and taking shots of Apple Cider Vinegar.
    After only one day the knee pain is gone and my heal is getting better, at least I can walk..
    Thanks for this post, it sure helped ! Next stop, quit smoking !

  34. Comment: l am suffering from uric acid problems since last 2 months and have severe pain in Right kneel and Left finger.

    I need advise from people’s who had faced this problem in past and what effective steps/ remedies they used to control the uric acid.

  35. This is great advice. The bigger question to ask ourselves is why is our body choosing to have gout? In Chinese medicine the big toe is linked with the liver, and the liver cannot seem to function properly and remove toxins in the body faster than they are entering.

    So what does the body do? It stores these toxins away from vital organs. At the same time this will be like an internal alarm bell to the owner of the body, to let them know “Hey a-hole, stop putting this junk in me, I can’t clear it out fast enough.”

    So what we need is to get our livers checked out. If they are fatty, then we need to exercise, and stop putting toxins in them.

    By toxins, I’m not just talking bleach, or dangerous chemicals. I’m talking about sugar, alcohol. Sugar must be cut out 100% from a gout diet. That means no cakes, no biscuits, or any sweets. And don’t go for sugar free options. They contain artificial sweeteners which are actually worse as they cause cancer they are so toxic. So what I’m saying here is don’t replace coke with coke zero or sugar free coke. Replace coke with sparkling water.

  36. Home remedies are better than medicines, Hope it gives relief soon to this high level of uric acid problems.. my left feet,,, ah! What to say??? Allah, help one solve this…. Aameen

  37. ABDULHAMID
    As my wife is sefuring from high uric acid levels according to the test conducted recently, I will advise her to try these home remedies. May God help us.Thank you.

  38. I took raw aloe vera chewed it with water and the pain gone it a few hours, it helps you to pass urine quickly as well! Great detox must try for gout!

  39. I’ll better try this Top 10 home remedies than taking medicines for temporary relieving of pain and inflamation to my Gouty Arthritis problem.
    I hope this one is the best solution for lowering and removing my high Uric Acid in my body.
    I thank you for sharing this remedies to all of us.

  40. Thnx 4 ur infrmation
    These r vry useful
    it improvd my uric acid to a great extnt.
    Thnx again to admin 4 publishng ds articl……

  41. Sir, I am suffering deep pain in my right thumb and right hand elbow, My family doctor said its due to increase in uric acid. Please advise how to control an increase of uric acid in our body. My age is 65 years.

  42. i am punjabi and we are not food conscious ,so our uric acid increase ..But thank you for the information .it will help me alot to reduce my 7.4 % of Uric acid .

  43. i had this problem before and now it is 100% controlled from last 4 years by only doing below life style
    1) last four years aim vegetarian
    2) drinking 8 to 10 glass of water daily
    4) I uses to take leman juice I stopped now because I feel it give lot of acidity
    5) work out 2 hrs day ( it is not every day- I cannot do – I do only 4 days in a week )
    my uric acid level before 7.9 and now 3.9 .
    iam men of 48 years

  44. Thank u very much god bless u.
    Very good information. I was suffering from last 8yrs finally i got a relif. Thanks again.

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