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What type of food contains uric acid.
(April 2, 2012)

Is cranberry juice good for uric acid?


It is possible to get your high uric acid levels under control through dietary changes. Essentially, uric acid is a chemical that is created when substances known as purines are broken down by the body. Purines are naturally produced by the body and are also provided through various kinds of foods. So what you eat and drink becomes important in the control of uric acid. Too much of uric acid can lead to problems such as gout and other kidney problems.

With regard to cranberry juice for uric acid, there haven’t been any specific studies or research experiments conducted.


However, cranberries are known to be acidic. So what does that imply? Well, acidic foods reduce the pH level of the body, which helps to dissolve uric acid in the blood. In other words, consuming acidic foods is said reduce the amount of uric acid that is expelled from the body. This would mean that cranberry juice is not good for you if you have high uric acid levels. Apart from cranberry juice, there are other high uric acid foods (foods that contain purines) that should be avoided if you want to keep your uric acid levels under control. Some of the foods to avoid include red meat, organ meat, green leafy vegetables, beans, pulses, and certain types of fish. Additionally, consumption of alcohol is regarded as one of the causes of high uric acid and should definitely be avoided.

Are oranges high in uric acid?


Is orange juice an effective way to reduce uric acid levels? According to a study, it seems to be. Two glasses of orange juice drunk by 12 individuals over a fortnight were found to reduce the levels of uric acid in the body. The positive relationship between orange juice and uric acid levels is due the fact that orange juice is said to be purine-free. During digestion purines are broken down to form uric acid in the body, so purine-free foods are advisable; however, what makes orange juice good for you is its vitamin C content, which plays a part in lowering the levels of uric acid. Read more on diet for uric acid patient

Nevertheless, since orange juice also contains fructose, which does not go well with uric acid, you need to ensure that you don’t consume too much of orange juice.

Some foods containing uric acid (or rather purines that form uric acid in the body) are tuna fish, broccoli, liver, bread, asparagus, spinach, mushrooms and sweet potatoes. The prevention of gout, kidney stones, and other health conditions can be avoided easily by consuming foods that have a less amount of purines.

Do bananas have uric acid?


Bananas make an excellent food choice if you’re looking to bring down your levels of uric acid. Too much uric acid in the body leads to gout, among other health problems. Bananas do not have uric acid. In fact, foods don’t contain uric acid; they contain purines that are converted into uric acid in the body after we eat them. Therefore, avoiding foods rich in uric acid (purine-rich foods) like cauliflower, peas, and spinach can help lower your uric acid levels and facilitate the management of uric acid-related conditions. So why are bananas good for lowering uric acid levels. Well, bananas contain potassium, which helps in dissolving the uric acid crystals that are then more easily eliminated though urination. Bananas also contain folic acid, which helps in breaking down the crystals of uric acid. The vitamin C present in bananas also contributes to lowering the levels of uric acid. Although there is a good relationship between bananas and uric acid, it does not mean that it should be the only form of treatment.

 

Does alcohol (beer, red wine) cause high uric acid?


Simply put, yes, excess alcohol intake is believed to increase the level of uric acid in the body. In fact, if you have been diagnosed with high levels of uric acid, in all probability, your doctor will tell you to stay away from the bottle.

Beer is believed to contain a large amount of purines, and since purines are broken down to uric acid in the body, it is best that you avoid beer. As with all kinds of alcohol, red wine and uric acid do not go well either. Red wine does not increase uric acid as much as other kinds of alcohol, but it does contain purines, which will break down to uric acid. Enjoy the dancing and the conversations instead, the next time you head out to the club with your pals.
Submitted by N on April 2, 2012 at 01:23

 

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