Did you know that high uric acid levels can lead to many health problems. According to Mayo Clinic, a high uric acid level, or hyperuricemia, is an excess of uric acid in your blood. Uric acid is produced during the breakdown of purine, a substance found in many foods. Under healthy conditions, uric acid dissolves in the blood, passes through the kidneys and is eliminated in the urine. But often foods we eat lead to high uric acids. Overconsumption of sugar can contribute to a high uric acid level. Fructose has been found to raise uric acid levels, leading to decreased nitric oxide levels, elevated angiotensin levels, and smooth muscle cell contractions that lead to higher blood pressure and potential kidney damage. Higher uric acid levels have also been linked to low-level inflammation, which can lead to a large number of diseases.
Normal uric acid levels are:
- Men: 3.4–7.0mg/dL
- Women: 2.4–6.0 mg/dL
There are natural remedies that can help reduce and control uric acid levels.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural detoxifier that can help remove wastes like uric acid from the body. Drinking apple cider vinegar breaks up the uric acid crystals and prevents them from reforming in the joints by helping with blood circulation and purification. I However, it has to be raw, unpasteurized, undistilled apple cider vinegar with no additives. Raw apple cider vinegar contains malic acid that helps break down and eliminate uric acid. Apple cider vinegar also helps restore the alkaline acid balance in the body and provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
- Add one teaspoon of raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
- Drink this solution two or three times a day.
For a full therapeutic effect one must take 2-3 tablespoons, 2 to 3 times a day.