Food for Uric Acid Patients

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When too much uric acid accumulates in the blood, tissues and urine of a patient this condition is also known as gout (a painful type of arthritis). Uric acid is a byproduct of certain foods so gout is closely related to diet.

Eat Plenty of Raw Fruits and Vegetables
Eat Plenty of Raw Fruits and Vegetables (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Drink Water

Consume plenty of pure quality water. Good fluid intake promotes the excretion of uric acid from the body.

Woman drinking a bottle of water
Woman drinking a bottle of water (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Raw Fruits and Vegetables

When an attack strikes or just for prevention, turn to fresh fruits and vegetables such as cherries, blueberries and strawberries. Also drink celery juice diluted with water.

Blueberries and strawberries
Blueberries and strawberries (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Foods to Enjoy

It’s safe to eat and enjoy foods like rice, millet, starchy vegetables, green vegetables, corn, fruit, cheese, eggs, nuts and milk.

Potatoes in colander
Potatoes in colander (Image: Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

No Purines

Purines are organic compounds that contribute to uric acid production, so maintain a diet low in purines. Avoid anchovies, mackerel, shellfish, asparagus, herring, meat, mushroom, mussels, sardines, peanuts, baker’s and brewer’s yeast, mincemeat and sweetbreads.

Asparagus
Asparagus (Image: Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Alcohol and Caffeine

Avoid all alcohol as it increases the production of uric acid. Also limit the amount of caffeine consumed daily.

Beer mugs
Beer mugs (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

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References

  • Prescription For Nutritional Healing; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC & James F. Balch, M.D.; 2000
  • The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II; Sid Kirchheimer; 1993
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