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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

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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.

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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.

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  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.

How to Control Uric Acid Levels was last modified: March 29th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies
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166 thoughts on “How to Control Uric Acid Levels”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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……

  5. 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.

  6. 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 .

  7. 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

  8. 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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