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How do you lower uric acid?

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Uric acid in the blood can be lowered with medications and diet. According to the American College of Rheumatology, drugs such as allopurinol and febuxostat block the body's ability to produce uric acid, the drug probenecid helps the kidneys break down uric acid in the blood, and the drug pegloticase breaks down uric acid itself. All of these medications come with the risk of side effects, according to Dr. Weil.

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How do you lower uric acid?
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Following a gout diet helps lower uric acid levels naturally by inhibiting uric-acid production while increasing the body's ability to eliminate it, according to the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic also recommends avoiding foods such as meat and fish in general, as well as organ meats, anchovies, herring, asparagus and mushrooms; all of these foods are high in purines, a type of protein that the body breaks down to produce uric acid. It also recommends avoiding beer because it is high in purines, and alcohol in general. Drinking plenty of other fluids, especially water, helps to flush uric acid out of the body. Avoiding high-fructose corn syrup, which promotes the formation of uric acid, is also recommended by the Mayo Clinic, as well as fats in general. Getting plenty of exercise and losing weight -- although not too rapidly -- are also recommended.

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