High uric acid levels or hyperuricemia occurs when there is decreased excretion of uric acid through the kidneys or increased production of it in the body. It can lead to problems like renal failure, kidney stones and gouty arthritis (its crystals deposit in the joints, typically in the big toe).
Normal levels of uric acid for women are 2.4 to 6.0 mg\dl and for men are 3.4 to 7.0 mg\dl. These values can vary at different labs.

Factors that contribute to high levels of uric acid are metabolic or endocrine conditions like acidosis and diabetes, underactive thyroid, obesity, genetics, renal insufficiency, excess alcohol consumption and a diet rich in purines. Some medications like diuretics, chemotherapy and certain cancers may also contribute to it. Crash dieting, fasting and exercising may elevate the levels of uric acid temporarily. But there are many natural remedies and tips that can reduce and control the levels of uric acid.

Here are some of them:

*Apple cider vinegar*

The ACV is natural detoxifier and cleanser and it can remove the wastes such as uric acid from the body. It has malic acid that helps eliminate the uric acid by breaking it down. It helps restore the alkaline acid balance and provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Add a tsp. of unpasteurized, organic and raw apple cider vinegar in glass of water and consume it 2-3 times per day. You can increase the amount gradually, up to 2 tbs. of ACV per glass of water and repeat until the levels come down. Don’t take it in excess because it may decrease the levels of potassium and interfere with diuretic drugs.

*Lemon juice*

Even it seems like it will make the body more acidic it actually neutralizes the uric acid and produces alkaline effect. It contains vitamin C that helps lower the levels of uric acid. Squeeze one lemon and pour it into a glass of warm water. Consume it on an empty stomach in the morning and do it for at least few weeks. You can also take supplements of vitamin C, but consult a doctor for proper suitability and dosage.

*Cherries*

Dark berries and cherries have chemicals that reduce the levels of uric acid. Blue and purple-colored berries have anthocyanins, flavonoids that lower the uric acid and reduce stiffness and inflammation. Consume half a cup of cherries on a daily basis for a few weeks. You can also consume 1-2 cups of tart cherry juice for 4 weeks. Add bell peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries and other antioxidant and vitamin C-rich veggies and fruits to your diet.

*Baking soda*

Baking soda helps in reducing the levels of uric acid and reducing the gout pain. It maintains the natural alkaline balance and makes the uric acid easier to be eliminated from the kidneys. Mix half and tsp. of baking soda in one glass of water and consume up to 4 glasses a day for 2 weeks. You can consume it every 2 to 4 hours. Don’t take it on regular basis and if you suffer from high blood pressure. Those over 60’s should consume more than 3 glasses of it per day.

*Olive oil*

Most of the vegetable oils, when processed or heated, they turn into rancid fats. These fats destroy the vitamin E, which is very important for controlling the levels of uric acid. Try to buy cold-pressed olive oil as it contains monounsaturated fats that are stable when heated. It is also rich in vitamin E and antioxidants and it contains anti-inflammatory properties.

*Water*

Consuming a lot of water optimizes the filtering of uric acid. It helps dilute the uric acid and stimulates the kidneys to remove the excess amounts through the urine. It can reduce the risk of recurrent gout attacks. It was shown in a study that those who drank 5-8 glasses of water per day prior to possible gout attack, had 40% lowered risk of an attack. Consume at least 8-10 glasses of water during the day and include water-rich veggies and fruits in your diet.

*Low-purine diet*

Purines are compounds that contain nitrogen that break down into uric acid and increase its levels. They are found in animal proteins mostly. Steer clear of poultry, organ meats, fish and meats. Beans, asparagus, mushrooms, legumes and yeast ate also rich in purine. Another ingredient that is rich in purine is the beer.

*Starchy carbohydrates and high-fiber foods*

Fiber-rich foods lower the levels of uric acid by absorbing it and removing it from the body. You can also consume foods that contain starchy carbs because they contain small amounts of purine. Strawberries, oranges, pears, apples and whole grains are other foods rich on fiber. Starchy carbs are bananas, oats, potato, quinoa, tapioca, whole grain pasta and rice. Consume green papaya tea to prevent uric acid buildup and treat gout related problems. The green papaya contains papain that helps the body to maintain in alkaline state and it also works as anti-inflammatory agent.

*Dairy products*

Dairy products and low-fat milk have been linked to decreased plasma urate concentrations and reduced gout risk. The skim milk has orotic acid that lowers the uric acid absorption and promotes its elimination through the kidneys. Consume 1 to 5 cups of skim milk per day and you can include yogurt (low-fat) and other dairy products. Tofu can alter the plasma protein concentration and increase the clearance of the uric acid. The soy milk increases the uric acid.

*Wheatgrass juice*

The wheatgrass restores the blood alkalinity and it is high in vitamin C, phytochemical and chlorophyll that promote detoxification. It is rich in amino acids and protein as alternative to the animal protein consumption. Consume 2 tbs. of wheatgrass juice with lemon juice per day until the levels of the uric acid come down.

-Avoid alcohol consumption as it interferes with the uric acid’s elimination;
-Avoid glucose-fructose syrup or high fructose corn syrup because they tend to increase the levels of uric acid;
-Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. Fatty tissues tend to increase the production of uric acid;
-Take balanced diet low in protein and high in complex carbs. Avoid refined carbs like candies, cakes and white bread;
-Avoid foods rich in fat because it lowers the ability of the body to get rid of the uric acid;

Source > thehealthawareness.com