Uric Acid

Definition of Uric Acid:

The final end product of certain native or dietary proteins, especially the nucleoproteins found in the nucleus of cells.  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.  Hyperuricemia: Having elevated blood uric acid, either from a rapid rate of cell breakdown and synthesis (such as might occur from fasting, heavy training, trauma or any number of major diseases), a high consumption of organ meats, glandular supplements or spirulina, or the inability (usually hereditary) to excrete uric acid in the urine as fast as it is produced, even though production itself is not elevated.

Also: Hyperuricemia

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Baking Soda

...as a treatment
“...Kidney stones (baking soda makes urine less acidic, which reduces the likelihood of uric acid kidney stone formation); Kidney repair (baking soda is commonly used in dialysis and treating kidney damage...”

Broad Beans

...as a treatment
“...As a detoxifier/cleanser and anti-rheumatic, the broad bean decoction is good for "washing" the kidneys and purifying blood that contains too much uric acid.  Also very useful against arthritis...”
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Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone)

...as a treatment
“...It is used to treat edema and excess uric acid (as in gout), as well as to treat stones of the gall bladder, kidney, and bladder...”

Copper Deficiency

...the condition
“...Reduced thyroid function, cardiovascular disease, increased cholesterol, uric acid and blood pressure, impaired glucose tolerance, thrombosis, oxidative damage, skeletal defects related to bone demineralization and poor nerve conductivity (copper deficiency adversely...”

Copper Toxicity

...recommendation Molybdenum
“Since high levels of copper in the body or diet may result in molybdenum insufficiency and cause low uric acid levels, reducing copper toxicity can result in normalizing uric acid and molybdenum levels...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...our question about Your uric acid level
“Elevated levels of serum uric acid increase the risk of heart attack...”

Eclampsia / Preeclampsia

...the condition
“...Other factors helpful in making the diagnosis are hemoconcentration, hyperreflexia, hypoalbuminemia, liver function abnormalities, thrombocytopenia, and hyperuricemia.  Abnormal prostaglandin synthesis may be the pivotal defect causing increased peripheral vascular resistance, severe vasoconstriction, endothelial injury and secondary hypertension...”


...as a treatment
“...Decoctions from the roots are prescribed for such urinary problems as kidney stones or such disorders associated with high uric acid content as gout...”


...related topic
“A disease characterized by an increased blood uric acid level and sudden onset of episodes of acute arthritis.”

Gout / Hyperuricemia

...the condition
“...The four phases of gout include elevated uric acid levels without symptoms, acute gouty arthritis, multiple attacks with intervals between attacks, and chronic tophaceous gout, in which nodular masses of uric acid crystals (tophi) are...”
...our question about Current alcohol consumption
“Alcohol inhibits uric acid secretion by the kidneys.”
...relationship to Kidney Disease
Hyperuricemia is caused by a variety of means, one of which is abnormal kidney function...”
...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“Elevated uric acid levels, as seen in gout, may be associated with a higher incidence of coronary heart disease amongst alcohol abstainers, but has not been seen to occur in those who were light, moderate or...”
...relationship to Kidney Stones (Urolithiasis)
“Gout (excess uric acid) is a common cause of kidney stones.”
...relationship to Chronic Renal Insufficiency
“Patients with impaired renal function filter and excrete less uric acid and therefore become hyperuricemic...”
...relationship to Multiple Sclerosis
“It has been reported that MS (possibly associated with low uric acid) and gout (associated with high uric acid) are mutually exclusive...”
...recommendation against Molybdenum
“Molybdenum is known to raise uric acid levels which is why people with gout (a condition of elevated uric acid levels) are told to avoid molybdenum supplements...”
...recommendation Weight Loss
“Achieve normal body weight but avoid rapid weight loss diets, which may result in increased uric acid levels in the blood.”
...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“...Consuming fresh or canned cherries has been shown to be very effective in lowering uric acid levels and preventing attacks of gout...”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“Preferably no meat should be eaten as it is rich in uric acid forming components...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...Therapy directed at normalizing uric acid levels in the blood should be considered for patients who have had multiple gout attacks or have developed tophi or kidney stones...”
...recommendation against Aspirin
“Among the more common predisposing factors for hyperuricemia are kidney failure from any cause, diuretics, dehydration, hormonal diseases, alcohol consumption and using low doses of aspirin...”
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Gravel Root

...as a treatment
“...He recommended Gravel Root in the following conditions: dropsy, strangury, gravel, hematuria, disease of the kidney and bladder from an excess of uric acid, chronic endometriosis, leukorrhea, chronic uterine disease, threatened abortion, ovarian and uterine atony, dysmenorrhea, dysuria, constant desire to urinate, intermittent fever and severe...”


...as a treatment
“...Gout: Kelp (6 tablets daily) is an important supplement containing complete protein and vital minerals to reduce serum uric acid.  Growth Problems: Growth problems occur when the pituitary gland or the thyroid bland does not function, as it should...”

Kidney Stones (Urolithiasis)

...the condition
“...Other types of stones are the struvite stone (caused by infection), uric acid stone and cystine stone...”


...as a treatment
“...Cade was testing the effect of uric acid on mice.  Because uric acid is insoluble, Cade chose the most soluble salt of it, lithium urate...”

Low Purine Diet

...as a treatment
“...Purines are compounds mainly found in animal protein and are metabolized to uric acid in the body...”


...as a treatment
“...Molybdenum is a vital part of three important enzyme systems – xanthine oxidase, aldehyde oxidase, and sulfite oxidase – and so has a vital role in uric acid formation, iron utilization, carbohydrate metabolism, and sulfite detoxification...”

Multiple Sclerosis

...recommendation Test Serum Uric Acid Levels
“Reports from researchers suggest that low uric acid levels are associated with increased frequency and longer bouts of multiple sclerosis...”

Myeloproliferative Neoplasm

...the condition
“...Other signs and symptoms depend on the underlying condition and include ... Painful swollen joints, caused by gouty arthritis, which is in turn caused by hyperuricemia...”


...as a treatment
“...Parsley Root helps bladder, kidney, liver, lung, stomach, and thyroid function; it helps clear uric acid from the urinary tract, contains a substance that prevents the multiplication of tumor cells, expels worms, relieves gas and stimulates normal activity of the digestive system...”

Peyronie's Disease

...the condition
“...Men most likely to suffer Peyronie's disease often have high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol and uric acid levels, which weaken blood vessel walls...”


...related topic
“...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...”

Test for Cardiac Risk Factors

...as a treatment
“...Elevated levels of serum uric acid increase the risk of heart attack...”

Test Serum Uric Acid Levels

...as a treatment
“The uric acid test is ordered when a doctor suspects high levels of uric acid in the blood...”

Ultraviolet Light Therapy

...as a treatment
“...UVB therapy is used to ... increase metabolism of cholesterol, uric acid, and glucose...”

Uric Acid Levels Low

...the condition
“Several issues are raised when levels of serum uric acid (a natural antioxidant) are low...”
...relationship to Multiple Sclerosis
“It has been proposed – and research is supporting the idea – that low uric acid levels are associated with increased frequency and longer bouts of multiple sclerosis...”
...relationship to Molybdenum Need
“Xanthine oxidase, the enzyme that immediately produces uric acid, uses molybdenum as a cofactor...”
...recommendation Molybdenum
Uric acid levels can be raised with supplemental molybdenum...”


...as a treatment
“...It dissolves the crystal deposits of uric acid that form between joints, and also in muscles in cases of muscular rheumatism...”

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

...as a treatment
“...Larger amounts can cause elevated blood sugar levels, jaundice, liver damage, and elevated blood levels of uric acid and may raise homocysteine levels...”

Wilson's Disease

...the condition
“...detected during a refractive eye examination; as amenorrhea or repeated miscarriages; or, because of renal copper deposits, as gross or microscopic hematuria or an abnormally low serum level of uric acid resulting from its abnormally high urinary excretion...”
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