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10 Foods That Will Help Keep Your Uric Acid Levels Under Control

Increase in uric acid levels in the body can lead to gout. Know about these foods which will help in controlling uric acid levels.

10 Foods That Will Help Keep Your Uric Acid Levels Under Control

High levels of uric acid in urine can also signal kidney stones

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. High uric acid levels in the body can lead to gout
  2. Obesity can lead to increase in levels of uric acid in the body
  3. High uric acid levels can cause kidney stones as well

Uric acid is a chemical produced by the body when it breaks down purines. The compounds that enter bloodstream through a natural breakdown of cells are known as purines. Purines are also created when the body digests certain foods like peas, mushroom, sardine etc. To diagnose levels of uric acid in the body, a uric acid test is done. Any abnormalities in uric acid levels will require a uric acid test to be determined. It helps in determining how much uric acid is been produced and removed from the body.

Any increase in uric acid levels in the body can lead to a condition known as gout. It is one the common forms of arthritis and is characterised by pain or tenderness in joints, especially in toes and ankles. Other symptoms of gout include swollen joints, reddened or discoloured skin around a joint or a joint that is too hot to be touched.

High levels of uric acid in urine can also signal kidney stones. Symptoms of kidney stones include sever pain in lower back, frequent urination, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. Common causes of high levels of uric acid in the blood include eating too much of foods containing purines, liver diseases, obesity, kidney diseases or bone marrow disorders



So what are the foods that can help in controlling your uric acid levels? Read below to know all about them:

1. Green tea

Catechin in green tea is a protein antioxidant which helps in slowing down the production of enzymes related to uric acid formation. It helps in controlling uric acid levels in the body and lowers risks of developing gout. What's more is that green tea is considered to be good for health as well.

green tea
Green tea helps in controlling uric acid
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Also read: Is Too Much Green Tea Bad For Health? This Is The Ideal Amount

2. Apple cider vinegar

Controlling levels of uric acid in the body is one the many functions of apple cider vinegar. You can add 3 spoons of it in water and have it around 3 times in a day for effective results.

apple cider vinegar for weight lossApple cider vinegar helps in controlling uric acid levels
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3. Foods rich in Vitamin C

Foods rich in Vitamin C can be helpful in controlling levels of uric acid in the body. Citrus fruits like oranges, lime, Brussel sprouts, guava and bell peppers are all rich sources of Vitamin C.

vitamin c Broccoli is rich in Vitamin C
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Also read: Benefits For Vitamin C For Your Skin, Hair And Face: Know All About It

4. Foods rich in fibre

Including foods which are a good source of fibre can be helpful in controlling your uric acid levels in the body. Fibrous foods help in absorbing uric acid in the blood stream and also help in eliminating excess uric acid from the body. These foods include leafy green vegies, oats, whole grains, broccoli, pumpkin, pears, celery, cucumbers, blueberries, apples, oranges etc. Dietary fibre in these foods helps in easing the absorption and elimination of uric acid from the body.

leafy greens are rich sources of calciumLeafy green veggies are rich in fibre 
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Also read: Wish To Get A Slimmer Waistline? Eat High-Fibre Foods

5. Cherries

Anthocyanins in cherries are anti-inflammatory substance that helps in controlling levels of uric acid in the body. Cherries also prevent formation of crystals and accumulation of uric acid in the joints.

cherriesCherries can help in controlling uric acid levels

6. Fresh vegetable juices

A juice prepared by adding juice of carrot, cucumber and beetroot can be used as an effective home remedy for controlling uric acid levels in the body.

juiceFresh vegetable juice can be used for controlling uric acid levels

7. Low fat dairy products

Consumption of low fat dairy products can go a long way in preventing increase of uric acid levels in the blood. Low fat products include skimmed milk and almond milk to name a few.

almond milkLow fat dairy products help in controlling uric acid levels
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8. Olive oil

Olive oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are helpful in controlling levels of uric acid in the blood.

olive oil

9. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts can help in reducing inflammation and swelling in the joints caused by high levels of uric acid in the body. 

salmon comprises omega 3 fatty acidsSalmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acid

10. Water

Regulating uric acid levels in the body is one the many reasons why many experts suggest drinking lots of water throughout the day. Water helps in eliminating harmful toxins from the body including excessive uric acid.

drink waterDrinking water helps in eliminating harmful toxins from the body
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Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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