Gout & Uric Acid

What Are Gout & Uric Acid

Gout occurs from an overload of uric acid in the body. This overload of uric acid promotes the deposition of tiny urate crystals in the joints. Urate crystals cause inflammation in the joints, resulting in cell damage, swelling and pain. Gout is a form of arthritis, and it's also known as gouty arthritis. 

Acute gout attack is an inflammatory process that can occur in any joint in the body but most commonly seen in big toes in the beginning, followed by ankle and knee, causing sudden swelling and severe pain. Thus, hyperuricemia (high plasma uric acid level) is a hallmark of gout. 

Uric acid is the end-product of purine metabolism. Uric acid is made in the liver and also obtained from foods and drinks. Purine can be consumed in a normal diet, and is common in internal organs, meat, beer, etc. The production of uric acid is catalyzed by an enzyme, called xanthine oxidase, and most uric acid is excreted through the kidneys. Therefore, kidneys help the body to maintain the balance of uric acid. 

Gouty Foot

Risk Factors For Gout Or High Uric Acid

  • Family history
  • Male aged over 40
  • Heavy physical activities
  • Drinking too much soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, especially beer
  • Excess high purine or protein rich food intake 
  • Overweight

What Causes Uric Acid Higher Than Normal

If too much uric acid is produced in the liver and/or the kidneys excrete too little, this will cause high uric acid level in the blood. This condition is called hyperuricemia. Prolonged high uric acid can cause urate crystal formed in the joints and body systems. Actually, further urate crystals formation leads to joint deformation, aggravating pain and disability.

Uric acid higher than normal level is attributed to either the over-production or the under-excretion of uric acid, or both. High uric acid levels due to overproduction may also be caused by a genetic disorder of purine metabolism, amongst others. Decreased excretion of uric acid can be due to chronic kidney disease, low thyroid, toxemia of pregnancy, caffeine, alcohol, ascorbic acid, medications.

What Are The Normal Uric Acid Levels

Uric acid test checks the levels of uric acid in the blood. A blood sample is needed. As a general guide, the normal uric acid levels should be as follows:

  • Male:
    3 - 7.2 mg/dL; or
    179 – 428 µmol/L
  • Female:
    2 - 6 mg/dL; or
    119 – 357 µmol/L

How To Deal With High Uric Acid

To reduce uric acid level in blood, the approaches are either to reduce the production of uric acid or to enhance its excretion. 

By sustaining decreased uric acid level, it is highly possible that the formed tophi deposit can be dissolved gradually over a period of time.

Phytonutrients Beneficial To Uric Acid

We have designed formula which is made of 100% botanical, to help maintain healthy plasma uric acid. Clinical studies have shown that the natural ingredients have demonstrated positive effects towards uric acid in the body.

Consumers who have benefited from our botanical beverage made of leaves from mulberry, kohki, etc observed and recorded satisfactory results. 

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