Which fruits lower your uric acid levels?


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While all fruits are acceptable on a diet to reduce uric acid levels in the body, Mayo clinic indicates that cherries may help to reduce the chances of a gout attack. Vitamin C helps to lower uric acid levels, so citrus and other fruits may be helpful.

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High uric acid levels increase the chance of a gout attack. The body breaks down purines in food to form uric acid. Foods high in purine include alcoholic beverages, red meats, organ meats and refined carbohydrates. Because these foods were at one time more accessible to the rich, gout is sometimes known as the rich man's disease. While vegetables, including cauliflower, asparagus, spinach and mushrooms, are high in purines, these foods do not increase the uric acid levels in the body.

Research provides a clear understanding of the effect of diet on uric acid levels and controlling gout, according to Mayo Clinic. The current understanding of the role of the gout diet is that it should both address risk factors and provide foods that reduce the chance of a gout attack by lowering uric acid levels in the body. The primary goal is maintaining a healthy weight and choosing a healthy eating plan.

For many people with gout, remaining hydrated helps to keep uric acid levels in control. The body requires eight to 16 glasses of fluid daily for hydration, and half of all fluid intake should be water.

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