Effective Dietary Changes To Bring Down High Uric Acid Levels

on Friday, 25 November 2011. Posted in Disease and Diet, Diet and Nutrition Written By: superadmin

Effective Dietary Changes To Bring Down High Uric Acid Levels

According to major studies, high uric acid levels in the body or Hyperuricemia can be brought down by bringing about some major changes in the diet. Dietary changes are considered the most effective way to fight rising levels of uric acid.

According to major studies, high uric acid levels in the body or Hyperuricemia can be brought down by bringing about some major changes in the diet. Dietary changes are considered the most effective way to fight rising levels of uric acid.

With busy and changing lifestyles people now prefer junk food, off the counter preparations and ready to eat foods. As a result people ingest foods high in purines; the main cause of rising uric acid levels in the body.

Purines are produced in the body as a result of breakdown of proteins during the digestion phase. Purines further break down to produce uric acid. When these purines or the uric acid so produced is not excreted or metabolized by the body, Hyperuricemia may develop.

Changes in eating habits go a long way in bringing down uric acid levels in the body; by identifying and avoiding foods high in purines and including those low in purines as part of the diet.

Foods high in purines:

• All organ meats, meat extracts and gravy are rich in purines and hence need to be avoided by people with Hyperuricemia. Avoid foods such as sardines, hearts, salmons, mutton, mussels, bacon, liver, partridge, turkeys, trout, haddock, goose, pheasant and scallops.

• Yeast rich foods like bread, sweet bread, buns, beer and alcoholic beverages

• Vegetables and greens that need to be avoided being high in purines are - Asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, lentils, beans, peas, oatmeal, and mushrooms

Foods low in purines:

Foods low in purines, bring down the uric acid and thus, relieve symptoms of Hyperuricemia. Some such foods are-

• Low fat and low protein dairy products like milk, curd,

• Among the vegetables – lettuce, celery, kale, cabbage, parsley, tomatoes, red cabbage, red bell peppers, potatoes are low in purines

• One can try refined cereals like- pasta, flour, tapioca, wheat, rice, bajra, etc

• Fiber rich fruits, Vit-C rich fruits and water rich fruits are low on purines. E.g - Fresh cherries, strawberries, blueberries, Bananas (rich in pottasium), tangerines, mandarins, oranges, pineapples (rich in bromelain).

• Fresh fruit juices like those of black cherry, pineapple etc

• Foods rich in bromelain like pineapple and supplements of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and folic acid are also very helpful

• Nuts, peanut butter, carbonated drinks and chocolates also work well.

• Tofu and other soy products too are beneficial..

It is good to remember that for someone suffering from Hyperuricemia, the best diet is one that is rich in fiber and complex carbohydrates. Restricted intake of protein should be ensured. Proteins should form just 15 percent of the total nutritional intake and that too from food sources such as soy products and other low protein poultry products. Fats should form only 10 percent of the total nutritional intake, while foods rich in Vit-C, potassium and bromelain must be favored. In addition folic acid supplements too can be taken.

 

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