High level of uric acid in the system is a result of consumption of purine containing foods. Increase in uric acid results in its accumulation, thereby resulting in gouty arthritis. Certain foods contain uric acid, whereas others produce them as by products. Foods such as pork, meat, seafood and beef metabolise into uric acid. Bacon is a good source of purine, which breaks into uric acid.
Avoid foods with yeast, such as alcohol and bread. Increase in uric acid levels result in gout. It destroys the joints and causes renal damage. Bromelain, black cherry juice and celery seed extract are alternative medicines that provide relief form uric acid increase and inflammation. Celery seed benefits for health also include hypertension and had blood cholesterol, promoting healthy joints and easing joint discomfort due to inflammation, easing infections of the urinary tract at helping to relieve fluid retention and more.
Weight maintenance plays a vital role in treatment of gout, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. A balanced diet rich in complex carbohydrates helps in combating the above said conditions. A low fat diet with dietary fiber proves beneficial. Small amounts of polyunsaturated fats are recommended. Vegetable oils such as sunflower oil, groundnut, soy and flaxseed oil are some of them. Avoid the use of saturated fats, such as butter, margarine, clarified butter and so on. Complete abstinence from deep fried foods such as cutlets, french fries and potato wafers helps.
Processed foods contain high amounts of sodium, in addition to trans fats, which are harmful for individuals with high blood pressure. Consume foods containing complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, vegetables, cereals, legumes, fruits and pulses. Oat meal and certain fruits, such as apple and guava provide soluble fibre, thereby reducing the cholesterol levels. Red meats prove harmful. Replace them with lean meats, as they prove beneficial for uric acid increase and high cholesterol levels. Egg and tofu in conjunction with reduced amounts of fish, poultry and meat helps.
About ten glasses of water helps in flushing off the toxins and diluting the uric acid. Moderate amount of carbohydrate is helpful in the prevention of ketone body formation. Avoid the intake of acidic foods, as they increase the uric acid formation. Acid producing foods are pastries, black tea, chocolate, white flour, goat, vinegar, pasta, turkey, artificial sweeteners, white rice, salt and lamb. Foods that contribute to high purine are sweet bread, beef, sardine, herring, mackerel, game meat, anchovies and scallops. These foods are better avoided, as they increase the uric acid levels in the body. Regular physical activity plays a vital role in the treatment of hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. Thirty to forty five minutes of exercise, in the form of jogging or brisk walking is helpful.