How to Control Your URIC ACID & GOUT

Uric acid is a breakdown product of purines that are part of many foods we eat. An abnormality in handling uric acid can cause attacks of painful arthritis (gout attack), kidney stones, and blockage of the kidney-filtering tubules with uric acid crystals, leading to kidney failure.

Gout remains a disease that mainly affects middle-aged and older men, although postmenopausal women are vulnerable too, perhaps because they lack the protective effect of estrogen. The diuretics (“water pills”) that many people take to control high blood pressure are another contributing factor.

The encouraging news is that almost all cases are treatable. In fact, gout is one of the few curable forms of arthritis, an umbrella term for dozens of conditions that cause inflammation in the joints.

Gout is, in fact, a heavy man’s disease. Eating lots of meat and seafood and drinking lots of alcohol spells gouty trouble.

Gout has been associated with an increased risk for heart attacks. High uric acid levels may affect the smoothness of the inside of blood vessels and make platelets in the blood “stickier,” so blood clots are more likely to form.

Weight reduction can be helpful in lowering the risk of recurrent attacks of gout. This is best accomplished by reducing dietary fat and calorie intake, combined with a regular aerobic exercise program.

Dietary changes can help reduce uric acid levels in the blood.

10 foods to eat or avoid during this Holy Month if you are suffering from high Uric Acid and GOUT:

  1. Decrease sugar intake, as it increases uric acid production; thus, you should drink less soft drinks or anything with high sugar content such as Gatorade. This is one of the major causes of gout and if you drink 2 or more soft drink a day, you will have an 85% risk of getting gout than a person who drinks just once a month.
  1. Decrease fat intake, as it decreases uric acid excretion;
  1. Increase fluid intake especially water, as it contributes to urine dilution and further elimination of unwanted substance
  1. Greatly restrict foods rich in Purines:
    1. Organ meats
    2. Meats
    3. Sardines
    4. Seafood (shellfish like scallop, lobster, oyster, clam and shrimp will have more purine levels than normal fish)
    5. Anchovies
    6. Dried legumes
    7. The dark green leafy vegetable has more purine concentration than any other vegetables such as Spinach, cauliflower, mushrooms, and asparagus
  1. Eat more dairy products like milk and yogurt. They have low amounts of purine levels. Studies have suggested that eating more dairy products reduces the chances of you having gout by 44%
  1. Increase intake of cherries or cherry juice (even canned cherries) that can decrease uric acid levels;
  1. Drink raw potato juice which may increase uric acid excretion;
  1. Try charcoal tablets, they may reduce uric acid levels
  1. Supplement yourself with:
    1. Quercetin 200-400 mg three times a day, as it may inhibit uric acid production;
    2. Flaxseed oil: one tablespoon/day
    3. Folic acid 25mg 3 times a day to inhibit the enzyme responsible for the uric acid production
  1. Other measures that can help:
    1. Curcumin;
    2. Raw apple and cucumber juice may help relieve the severity and incidence of attacks;
    3. Celery seed tea is cleansing and helps eliminate excessive uric acid;
    4. Crushed cabbage leaves in local compress may alleviate the pain
    5. Massage the sore joint with lavender, frankincense and grapeseed oils

This article was originally published in The Woman Oman by Monique Helou.

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