Definition of Purines:

These are waste products or metabolites of nucleoproteins.  They are not recyclable and are broken down further to the primary excretable form, uric acid.  High purine presence in a tissue signifies a recent high turnover in nucleoproteins from injury or cell death, which is why some purines, such as allantoin, will stimulate cell regeneration.  Many plants contain allantoin, most noticeably Comfrey.  Some foods are heavy purine producers and can elevate serum uric acid levels.  These include organ meats, seafood, legumes, and foods such as spirulina, chlorella, and bee pollen.

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“...Unlike the much smaller nitrogenous waste product urea, which is mostly recycled to form many amino acids, uric acid is an unrecyclable metabolite that must be excreted: nucleoprotein to purine to uric acid to the outside in the urine or the sweat...”
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