High uric acid needs to be reduced to prevent gout. A basic way to do this is by avoiding certain foods. Here you’ll discover a high uric acid foods list as well as an explanation of why these dietary changes can be effective…
Uric acid is produced as a result of purines in the body’s cells breaking down during the metabolizing process. But it’s important to note that purines also exist in our food.
Normally, the uric acid is processed by our liver before being passed through the kidneys which flush excess acid out of our bodies.
But when the body is producing too much for the kidneys to handle, or, the body isn’t excreting it fast enough, then you can end up with higher than normal uric acid levels in the blood, a condition called hyperuricemia.
Gout is caused by crystal formations around the joints caused by high acid levels in the bloodstream. So anyone who suffers from gout episodes needs to reduce those high levels to normal healthy levels in order to prevent recurring gout, which can cause permanent joint damage and kidney stones.
As you saw above, purines produce uric acid and they exist in our food as well as our bodies. So a sufferer needs to reduce the total amount of purines in their system. A fundamental way to do this is through changing to a low-purine diet.
You could refer to these foods as ‘uric acid foods’ since these, because they are purine-rich, produce more acid than low-purine foods.
So here’s a uric acid food list for you to consider. These are high-purine foods that you should think about avoiding completely or, at the very least, cutting down on considerably. But, if you do decide to change your diet in either of these ways, please remember to consult with your doctor / physician before doing so.
High Uric Acid Food List to Avoid
– Fatty red meat.
– All game incl. game birds.
– All organ meat.
– Meat extracts.
– Gravies, consomme, broth.
– Some fish like sardines, anchovies, herring, mackerel and roe.
– Shellfish such as mussels, scallops, shrimp, langoustines and prawns.
– Some poultry like turkey and goose.
– Yeast and yeast extracts.
– Dried legumes.
– Alcohol especially beer.
List of Foods to Eat With Gout
– Green leafy vegetables (except those in above list).
– Lots of fruit especially cherries, strawberries, blueberries and grapes.
– Foods high in bromelain such as pineapple.
– Low-fat dairy foods.
– Essential fatty acid foods like tuna, flaxseed, etc.
– Foods high in vitamin C which, apart from the obvious fruit, includes things like red cabbage, red bell peppers and potatoes.
– Complex carbohydrate food, but avoid white flour products.
– And drink at least 3 litres of water each day to keep your body well-hydrated.
It’s worth repeating once more that you need to contact your primary healthcare provider first if you are thinking of making any substantial changes to your diet.
You’ve now seen how high uric acid is the underlying cause of gout and that to prevent gout attacks you need to reduce those levels…
But because this acid is produced as result of purines breaking-down during the metabolizing process and purines also exist in food, then you’ve seen the need to avoid or fundamentally reduce the consumption of purine-rich food. And you’ve been given a uric acid food list to help you do that.