Uric Acid Prevention

uric acid preventionIn order to control your uric acid levels, you need to cut down your intake of foods that are high in purines. Purine is a substance that is obtained from many food sources and is also generated by the body as a by product of natural processes. In turn, purines are processed by the body and broken down into uric acid. In some cases, a problem with this process of metabolizing purine may cause excessive levels of uric acid in the body. This cannot always be controlled, but monitoring and controlling your intake of purine rich food is possible and is one of the best ways to control uric acid levels.

There are many food sources of purine, but meat sources seem to have the most impact on uric acid levels. It is therefore important that you cut down your intake of meat, especially red meat. The much sought after “spare parts” – liver, kidney, heart etc – are unfortunately particularly high in purine content, and should be completely avoided. Duck and goose meat also tends to be high in purine, and should be avoided as far as possible. Sea food is usually considered extremely healthy for almost any condition, but unfortunately for people with high uric acid levels, sea food intake needs to be cut down as well. Fish tends to be very rich in purine, especially anchovies, salmon, sardines, mackerel, and shell fish such as mussels.

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As far as meat goes, chicken and pork, as well as most sea food other than the ones mentioned, are quite safe. However, make sure that you do not consume an excess as compensation for the meats that you are avoiding, or your diet will not be very useful. Certain vegetables are also high in purine, but these somehow do not affect uric acid levels much. You can therefore eat pretty much any vegetables you like, preferably maintaining as wide a variety as possible.

If you are concerned about your protein intake being too low due to the drastic cutting out of meat from your diet, you can supplement it with eggs, milk, and milk products. This too should of course be done within reasonable limits – eggs and milk products will not affect your uric acid levels, but an excess could cause other problems. Finally, you should control your intake of alcohol, particularly beer. If your uric acid levels are particularly high, you should completely cut out alcohol for a few months, and then limit consumption to rare occasions.


The foods we eat play a very significant role in the quality of life that we lead. While the consumption of a hamburger on a regular basis may not really seem like you are doing too much wrong, apart from a little self indulgence, the impact that it will have in a few months time is something that you will usually not consider while munching on that lovely snack. If ignored those few months down the line, the condition can spiral out of control into a full blown case of obesity. While the most obvious effect that obesity has on an individual is the fact that it affects the aesthetic appeal of the person considerably, the other problems that it causes – such as heart failure, chronic respiratory illnesses and blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels can have a significant impact on the individuals quality of life. Just as with obesity, there are a number of other conditions that will usually develop as a direct result of the kinds of foods you consume. For instance, gout is a very common condition that is particularly influenced by the foods you consume.

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