Some foods are higher than others in Uric AcidAnimal organ meats, seafood, mushrooms, beans, as well as many rich foods are high in purine. Uric acid (UA) is the final product of purine metabolism.
Is drinking wine OK?Since ancient times, wine has always been indispensable in social situations and when sharing meals with friends and family; however, alcohol prevents uric acid from being excreted, causing uric acid levels to rise. So you should limit the amount you drink, regardless of how good the wine is! The normal level of serum uric acid for men is from 150 to 420 umol/L, and it is a little lower for women, around 95 to 350 umol/L. Hyperuricemia occurs when these levels are exceeded. Your Naturopath or doctor can have this checked for you.
Blood vessels, kidney tissue, and joints are most likely to be injuredAn increased level of uric acid in the blood is unstable. Experts believe that uric acid will wander around in the blood and harm corresponding organs with deposits. There are three parts that are most likely to be injured by high UA:
- Blood vessels (in which crystals are deposited and is a dangerous main factor in hypertension, coronary heart disease, and other cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases).
- Nephridial tissue (in which deposits would also cause interstitial nephritis and eventually lead to kidney stones (renal calculi) as crystals grow increasingly bigger, or even kidney (renal) failure) and
- Joints and surrounding tissues (in which urate deposits would cause gout flare-ups and make joints red, swell, hot, and painful).
- metabolic syndrome
- type 2 diabetes
- chronic nephrosis
So what’s the alternative to pharmaceutical drugs?It is best to choose products deemed safe, effective, and free of side effects. With this in mind, herbal treatments come out on top and can be used confidently and safely. Appropriate changes to diet and lifestyle are also recommended. The Australian herb Cudweed has been shown to:
- Reduce tissue inflammation and joint pain (arthralgia)
- Assist in control of uric acid level and reducing inflammation