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Uric acid is a waste product that results from the breakdown of purine. Uric acid is made in the liver and also obtained from foods and drinks, and excreted by the kidneys. If the liver produces too much uric acid or the kidneys excrete too little, this will cause too much uric acid in the blood. This condition is called hyperuricemia. Prolonged high uric acid can cause urate crystal formed in the body.

Increased production of uric acid may result from eating foods that are high in purine. Purine is found in some foods and drinks, such as liver, kidney, anchovies, sardines, mackerel, meat extracts, dried beans and peas and beer.

Increased 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.

High levels of uric acid can cause gout or kidney disease.

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

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

You can lower your uric acid through heart-healthy lifestyle changes, includes a heart-healthy eating plan, weight management, and regular physical activity. And, check out the purine content of your foods.

Healthy uric acid, healthy body and joints!

Clinical evidence has shown that essential nutrients help to support healthier uric acid in the body. 

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